Getting back into running after winter

How to get back into running after winter

Getting back into the swing of things after winter can be hard. If you don’t have access to a gym or a home treadmill, it can be challenging to run throughout the winter. 

Typically after fall racing season there tends to be a lag in running until the spring.

While I run outside in the winter, there are definitely days where I am glad I have a treadmill at home due to extreme cold/snowing.

However, if you don’t have a treadmill and just forgo your runs entirely, it may be a daunting task to lace up your shoes and get outside now that the weather is getting nicer.

For many of us, half marathon training is quickly approaching in a month or so, so if you are like me, that is on your mind.

If you have been lacking in the running department this winter the thought of running 13.1 miles may cause you some anxiety and stress!

Don’t let it.

Here are a few simple steps/ways of thinking that will allow you to ease into training without feeling overwhelmed.

1. Start small! Just go out for a relaxing run/jog with no mileage or time in mind and just stop when you need to. This is a great way to see what your body can do at the time and without feeling the pressure of running a certain distance or pace.

2. If you are running a half this summer, start looking at plans now and see what you need to do before you start. For example, I will start training near the end of April for my half this July so until April my focus is closing any gap between my current running and the first week of my training plan. If week one calls for a five mile run, that is what I need to get up to before I start training.

3. Do not get yourself down! This is hard because it happens to me all the time. I constantly say “Oh I wish I was still as fit as when I ran the last marathon”. You have time to get back in great running shape. One thing that helped me with this train of thought was to remind myself that after a marathon you have no need to run 15-20 miles at once, so why would I still be able to do that months after the race?

4. Get some new shoes! I love buying new runnings shoes- it makes me feel great! I run in mine for approximately 500 miles, or until I get sense that my IT band is acting up. Shoes are expensive so I only get them when I really need them. However, if it motivates you to get a nice pair, do it! I LOVE my Sauconys.

5. Make a small training plan for a month or two. I do really well when I have a training plan, so from today through the start of my half marathon training, I have created a plan for myself. I know… is that really necessary? For me it is. Even if it is two months or so, I need a daily goal to keep me going.

I hope these help you get back into spring running! And remember, it doesn’t matter how slow you run, or how short of a distance you are running; you are still making the effort to do it. Run and be Happy!

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