Let's think positive and get out there for a nice run! I finally headed out and ran with my dog, Maci today. I just wanted to get my legs moving and my heart pounding. I also wanted to see where I was strength wise when it came to hitting the pavement. I had a nice 25 minute run and feel REALLY good. Once I got all the "running demons" out of my head and focused on Maci, the experience was new and fresh again! I am excited to get back out there, what will you do to jump start your training! Here are some tips to get yourself going!
FOCUS ON TIME, NOT DISTANCE
Thinking in terms of mileage may seem overwhelming. Instead, commit to a set number of minutes. Time goals allow you just to be out there, without the pressure of feeling like you have to cover a specific distance.
When running is the last thing you want to do, remember how good you feel afterward. That memory alone can get you out the door.
On Monday, promise yourself a treat that weekend for accomplishing your week's running goals. Ice cream tastes better when it's earned.
LISTEN TO NEGATIVE FEELINGS
Rather than trying to block out discomfort and negative thoughts, recognize them and try to find a solution. Focusing on what you're feeling can help you find a productive way to alleviate it—whether it's changing your form or taking a walk break.
SET GOALS THE NIGHT BEFORE
Not all goals need to be big or long-term. Think about what you want to achieve on tomorrow's run. Seal the commitment by writing down how long you'd like to go.
Resist the urge to try and run faster than you did yesterday. Speed gains don't happen overnight. To help you avoid this problem, run without a watch.