Getting back into running

  • 3324 days ago

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    crazylovelykate Level 3
    I used to run, back in my senior year of high school. I was actually my cross country team's captain. When I graduated, I admittedly got lazy and now I am trying to get myself to wake up and run every morning... but haven't made any progress. Tips for motivation? I'd love to hear some stories!

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  • 3317 days ago

    Congrats on getting back to running!! I wish I had done more in school and when I was younger!!!
    I'm still a newbie. just started running in March.
    Surround yourself with people who support you... even if they don't run... there is nothing like hearing encouraging words when you are feeling down or having a blah day and you don't want to go run! My best friends are in Utah and Canada .. they encourage me SO MUCH every day!!
    As far as motivating myself.. that's a little harder. I am a positive person and try to encourage everyone I can... except myself. I am HARD on myself. So I keep myself out of it! LOL
    My husband helps keep me going as well.. even though I feel like I hold him back because he is much faster than I am... the fact that he will go out with me REALLY helps to make me want to do it.. I don't mind running alone in a race.. but just running by myself for training is difficult for me.
    Set goals and plan a training routine. I don't think I will ever be a serious contender in races, but just going out and running a 5k with 100+ other people of all ages and physical abilities is just plain FUN. The energy is amazing!!!
    I know that I would not keep running if I didn't have a set race to work towards.
    Good luck !!!!!

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  • 3312 days ago

    Motivation is a tough one. I've been struggling with this since I completed a vigorous training schedule last summer (2011) and then pretty much just stopped running all together :(

    For me, it helps to start small - your only goal is to get out there. Not time, not distance, not anything. Just go.

    It also helps to make it non-negotiable. I know the night before when I set my alarm if I have already in my head given myself permission to turn off the alarm. On those nights, I'm just learning not to bother setting it for so early.

    Conversely, I have nights when I just keep telling myself "put your feet on the floor - that's the hardest part. No excuses." It works. I go to bed mentally prepared to get up the next day, and once I've gotten up, it's out the door I go!

    Another thought that helps me is a gentle reminder that I have NEVER regretted going for a run, but I have almost always regretted choosing to stay in bed. It doesn't work 100% of the time, but it certainly does help.

    Prepare your mind & your body will follow :)

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  • 3287 days ago

    How is running going for you guys??

    I used to HATE running when I was in high school!

    I recently got into it about three years ago but went really really slow and had no motivation to really get better so my runs were VERY few between.

    About a year ago I said okay, let's get this going! I realized you need to run a certain time-NOT DISTANCE. If you try and run a certain distance you sit and stare at your miles and see how slow they can really go by and you get discouraged. If you set a timer to run for 20, 30, 60 minutes it is a lot easier. You tell yourself, no matter what, I am running 30 minutes today and that is how you increase your mileage.

    I started out running 6 miles in 60 minutes. 10 minute miles flat. It took me about 6 months to up my pace and sign up for a race. I ran a half marathon in June and ran at an 8:45 pace.

    I did this by doing what I said before, going out and running specific amounts of time. THEN on non long run days and cross training I would go to the gym and bust out one mile on the treadmill as fast as I could!

    After my half marathon I tweaked my knee =( I took a lot of time off of running to let it heal the way it needed to, now I am back to day one of running. I feel SO out of shape and am running so much slower. I thought I could get back into and run at my same pace and I about died =) So here is to starting running!

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