8 cloudy miles this morning before a busy work day. We have some rain coming in for the next few days which I am thankful for! Hopefully it will cool it down a bit.
So I thought today would be a great day to talk about getting that mojo back. You know what I mean…that passion, that FIRE for running and racing. A lot of times rest and recovery is needed to get back in the game but some days we just need a little kick in the pants to get moving. Here are some ways you can get your groove back.
1. Start back slowly. Ease back in especially if you have been out of the running game for a while. Do some run/walk intervals if you have to until you’re able to run at a steady state for 30 minutes or more.
2. Build a foundation. In order to get back into running and training it’s vital that you build a base. Then you can start racking up the miles from there.
3. Find a training plan or a goal race. My favorite plans are from Hal Higdon because they’re really easy to build around a busy lifestyle especially if you have a career.
4. Learn to ride the roller coaster. So not every run is going to be super fast super awesome and super speedy. It’s okay to have bad days and just know that those days WILL make you a stronger runner. Your attitude in dealing with those blah days makes all the difference.
5. Buy yourself a snazzy new pair of running shoes. I don’t know about you but my power color is pink. Call me a girly girl if you must. Get me a pink pair of running shoes and I will go to town. Find a stylish fun pair that your feet love and it will motivate you to get out there.
6. Stop comparing. With social media (and blogging) it’s easy to compare ourselves to other runners. Who is lighter, faster, has the most runner swag. Bye Felicia. Forget all of that. Put your head down and DO YOU. Be confident in yourself and your abilities. We are all on our own journeys and that is the most beautiful part of the sport.
7. Mix up the time of day that you run…or your running route. Just simple changes like this help to shake it up a bit. Although I’ll always and forever be a bias morning runner. Just getting it in and knowing it’s done and over with just feels so productive.
8. Think about that runner’s high…and how you will feel after every run. Being armed with endorphins is the best way to take on the day.
What are some ways you like to get your running groove back?