As I posted on my Instagram last week, I’ve been very sick and that basically meant having to take time off from running and blogging. I had a very bad cold and one emergency visit to the dentist to find out I needed a root canal. I also got my root canal done later in the week. So yeah, last week was tough.
With all of the pain and discomfort I went trough, I honestly couldn’t even think about blogging or creating new content. Thank God I’m feeling way better now, and I’m missing running more than ever. My last few runs before being officially sick were tough. Maybe because I was about to get sick. Now I feel like my comeback is going to feel good, because it’s always like that.
This year I’ve been forced to take a time off from running (stomach issues, injury, end of my graduate program), which sucks a little bit. The positive side about it has been my comebacks. Whenever I go for my first run after one or two weeks of no running, it feel strong and freshly motivated. So, I’m looking forward to come back this time around:)
I do have my “ritual” for these types of runs to make them even more amazing.
Here are some tips on how to make your run feel amazing, after being off for a while:
– Create a Running Playlist: Music is my favorite source of motivation when I’m running. Some other people prefer audiobooks or podcast. If that’s your case, reserve some material that you are looking forward to hear for your run.
– Wear your favorite outfit: I seriously feel there are outfits that make me run faster than others. For example, running in shorts is way comfortable than running in leggings. Plus, coming back to running is something very special so make sure you dress for the occasion.
– Go to a special place: To me, a run in the trails is a thousand times better than a run in the treadmill. Treadmill runs are good if that’s the only option you have in order to get your run done. For this special occasion, go to a place that really motivates you. In my case, I get extremely motivated in the track, and extremely inspired in the trails.
– Postive attitude: Positive attitude is everything. Remember it’s been a while since the last time you ran, so take it easy. It is very likely that you will feel out of shape. So keep in mind that even one mile is better than nothing. Whenever you go on a run with no expectations, chances are that you end up having a positive surprise. Open yourself for the positive experience, and don’t set goals that might be unrealistic for you at the time.
– Finish it off with planks: I don’t know about you, but planks make me seriously stronger. Even though they feel incredibly hard sometimes, doing planks after my runs take my entire training session to a whole new level. They can also add that the extra endorphin touch that all runners need. Wether you love them or hate them, you won’t regret it.
Hope these tips are helpful if you are coming back from some time off from running. I’m certainly starting this ritual for my first run after being a week off. I’ll report back tomorrow;)
Have you had to take time off from running?
Any special routine you do when you’re coming back to running?