We can all officially say that Spring is here, whether you’ve got ice and snow on the ground still or not. If the cold weather plays a big pull in your exercise routine (or lack there of), the snow will melt eventually and it will be time to get back out there into your running routine. Here are a few tips to keep in mind as you slip on your sneakers and put away the gloves to get into your Spring and Summer running routines!
I’m not talking about your birthday suit either – leave your watch at home! As you start running again from an extended break, don’t worry about your time or distance at first. Simply focus on getting up in the morning, or getting out after work to create a routine. The actual act of putting your exercise on your calendar (and getting it done) is definitely the most difficult part. Once you actually start running (or walking) you are golden. You will get it done!
Know your fitness will come back
I distinctly remember after having my first son how discouraging it was going for runs. I was in the most amazing shape before getting pregnant and my come back seemed to be taking absolutely forever. I was going way too slow for my liking and didn’t seem to be making a ton of progress. As soon as I let that go, I started to see my mileage increase and my pace decrease, which made me feel so much better. It took a bit, but I did make progress. As soon as I saw small wins, the big wins followed soon there after and I was back!
Don’t get discouraged
This can be easier said that done, but don’t let a small loss completely derail your success. So had to skip a workout and go to a work happy hour instead. Be sure to get out the next day and get in a great run. If you get sick and have to take off a week, start back up the next week and get back to the great schedule you have come accustomed to. It is easy to make excuses as to why you’ve fallen off the wagon – take the hard way and get right back into it! Don’t lose what you’ve worked so hard to get to!
Find a friend and team up
Enrolling a friend in your fitness journey makes coming back to running and working out so much more fun. You can take on the journey together and have someone to
complain talk to when you have the worst run ever. Schedule a couple of days a week to meet up and run together or take a spinning class at your favorite studio. You will be much less likely to skip out on the workout if you have someone waiting for you at 6am.
Go shopping for some new running clothes
Ok so I know this sounds silly, but it works! How many times have you been so excited to wear something new, whether it is fitness related or not? Go buy a couple of new running outfits and get some use out of them! I’m not talking athleisure either – really go run in the clothes!
Pick a goal to look forward to
Whether you are looking at a race to complete or you sign up for a challenge at your local gym, pick something, plan for it, and stick to it! Having something looming out in the future to keep you accountable makes a really big difference. This is a great thing to get a friend involved in too!