Now, I keep up with running during winter, but I know for many of you winter is a time to work on other indoor fitness pursuits. With spring just around the corner, it's time to start getting those miles back in to get ready for the spring and summer racing season. Racing this time of year is one of my absolute favorite things about running.
5 Ways to Start Running Again After the Winter Break
1. Start off Slow
Think about it. You're outside, breathing fresh air and getting ready to take off for your first run in months. You are pumped and set off at your 5K pace from last fall. Your legs feel so fresh, you even pick up the pace. Just as quickly as you feel amazing, you bonk out with a cramp or lack of stamina. Even if you've stayed fit in "off season," running requires different muscles and lung capacity than other fitness activities. Unless you are Superman, you will most likely need to start off slower than you were running last fall. If you start your pace off a full minute slower than you remember running last, you are more likely to have a successful first run and not bonk out. Remember, the first time out is all about building some muscle memory and confidence back.
2. Consider Walk Intervals
3. Don't Slack Off on Warm-up and Cool-downs
4. Sign Up For an Adventure Race
5. Join a Training Group or Recruit Friends
If you need extra motivation to get running again, start by joining a training group or recruiting friends. Local running stores have running groups for all shapes and abilities. Running with friends is the best motivation you can have.
Check out the Ninja Challenge's obstacles and let me know which one would be the hardest for you.
Have you ever done an obstacle race?