It feels like I picked the hottest and most miserable weather to get back into shape. Even though I only took two months off due to injury, I lost a lot of fitness. Honestly, that’s fine. Thinking out loud, We can’t be in peak fitness forever and a break doesn’t hurt anyone.
Getting back into shape isn’t always the most pleasant experience. Getting back into shape when it’s extremely hot, can be even more miserable. A lot of fellow runners have asked how I am getting back out there. I’m not a coach, expert or anything close. I’m just a female who likes to run and blog through the journey.
Here are a Few Tips:
- Track Everything: When coming back from injury, this is especially important. I began tracking when I felt any residual soreness and how I felt during the run. Slowly, the residual pain started at 1 mile. Then later it was 2. Then even later it was 3 and finally after I finished a 5-mile run, I realized I was completely pain-free. Tracking things allows you to see physical progress.
- Set Achievable Goals: You aren’t going to be 100% pain-free or set a PR within the first week of running. Setting realistic and achievable goals is important. Maybe it’s to work up to racing again, or maybe it’s run consistently every day. Making a goal keeps you focused.
- It’s All Mental: Fitness is based on a collection of runs and races. It isn’t based on one single event. Even if you get discouraged during one single run, chances are you’ll have a better one soon.
- Stay Positive: This is easier said than done. I try and focus on the positives on each run. Even if the positive if just “I ran injury free”.
- Constantly Reassess: Injuries are tricky that way. Some injuries, you come back and feel on top of the world. Other injuries, you feel as though it will take months or even years to go back to where you left. To be honest, this is an injury that is taking longer than anticipated. I reassess my foot daily to see where I’m at and how I feel.
Questions for you:
How do you come back stronger from an injury?
What is your favorite type of weather to run in?