I’m still here!
Apologies for the M.I.A label that I have given myself over the past few months. I didn’t really do any running so I didn’t have too much to say. I had checked myself out of the running world and here’s a recap of why:
I got bored. Really, I did. I wanted to try some new things since I wasn’t training for anything. So I did a little exploring.
After the winter months of exploring Bikram yoga and short tempo runs, I decided to take a few months off from running. I rode my bike a few times, got into the “Insanity” workout craze (lost an easy 5lbs in the first month), I stopped the “Insanity” and instantly gained 5lbs back, I did some “leisure” runs once or twice a week and have been learning how to play the incredibly hard sport of Tennis.
Phew that was a lot of exploring. But once Spring started to pass and the urge of wanting to be outside all of the time, the other urge of wanting to run slowly came back too. Around a month and a half ago I decided it was time to pull out the running shoes, lace up and fall back in love. I fell head over heals back in love with running (sorry Kev you have some competition). And holy crap, was it hard!
My first “real” run outside barely lasted two miles. My feet felt like bricks and the only thing I took away from that run, was the accomplishment of not throwing up all over myself. I was out of running shape. So I decided to take it slow since I was basically starting from scratch. It took almost two months to feel comfortable again. And of course I decided to start running again once it got hot out!!
Taking few months off were probably the best thing I not only did for my body but for my running mind as well. The past few years I never took a real break and put in 1,100+ miles each year. It was time to focus back on the quality and not quantity of miles.
The urge of wanting to run also could not have came at a better time. Back in Spring I decided to register for the Detroit Half Marathon. I knew I would eventually need to start running again and training – I just had to wait and find that right moment. And I’m glad I did.
Cheers to a new running start!
When you’re having to start fresh again, here are some things to help guide you along to help get back into “it”:
· Start with minutes not miles. Go out for 20-25 minute runs 4-5 days a week. And then gradually increase your time. Every third week, drop your running by 20% to help reduce the risk of injury. Then ease your way into miles to help prepare you for training or personal goals. These runs should be ran at a comfortable pace, nothing fast – you should be able to carry on a conversation at this pace.
· Stretch EVERYTHING! If not before, then most importantly after.
· Once you can run a solid 30 minutes comfortably, start doing some tempo runs, speedwork and hill repeats. This will help build your endurance.
· Try and pick some different routes to help keep your routine mixed up. If you plan on doing speedwork, use a local high school track rather than a treadmill. For hill repeats, find a bridge.
· Set a few days aside every week for, stretching, strength training and cross training.
· And most importantly, enjoy yourself.