Sometimes it happens. You stop running. You can just need a break from the routine or feel a little burnt out. You may have regular life intrude on your best running plans. You can get sick or just not have the time. No matter what the reason you stopped running, at some point you will probably think about running again. At some point you may want/be able to start running again.
Mentally, this can be a bit of a hurdle if you were not very far into your running. By this, I simply mean if it wasn’t a big part of your life, it may be harder to get back to it. I went through a few different issues while training for my first marathon, but I spent 18 months training so running has been a pretty big part of my life for a while now. I recently was sick and couldn’t run. I felt really bad about it at first. I even tried to run a couple of times, but coughing fits convinced me to stop and go back home. I’m healthy now, but its been weeks since I was running consistently. I have been out on a few runs, but haven’t been able to get back into the swing of running 4-7 days a week.
I’m usually pretty hard on myself if I’m not doing what I feel like I should be doing. I have a half marathon coming up in May so I am going to go ahead and get myself on a short training program. The good news is that while mentally it has been challenging, physically it has been less so. I am able to run a couple of miles and be sore the next day, but nothing like the .33 miles I started with a couple of years ago. I have also been trying some crossfit and yoga a few times a week to get some conditioning and mix it up since I’m not feeling the run.
The most important thing is to keep trying to get back out there. Strangely enough when I go for a run I feel happy and enjoy it. There is just this resistance to get back in motion that I find a struggle at 4:30 am. If anyone has any motivational tips, let me know!
Get out there.