getting back into your routine

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    May 28, 2012 1:21 PM GMT
    Hey guys, anyone been sick and then saddled with a lot of travel and fallen out of your running routine? I was on a good streak for about a year of 3 4 miles runs on weekdays and a 6-10 mile run on weekends.

    Lately I've been sapped out after a couple of miles- not out of breath, just no energy. When you've fallen a bit behind, what have you done to get back into it? I know so much of it is mental. I have a 10K in a few weeks and want to do well! Any suggestions are appreciated.
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    May 28, 2012 6:03 PM GMT
    I don't know if this helps or not but a few things spring to mind that apparently work for the gym and I have a feeling these would help you too.....: -

    1) The 20 minute trick. Say that you are going out for a run only for 20 minutes. You'll probably want to stay on a run longer. Remember that for the first 15 minutes, your body is in shock which is why you're finding it difficult. Try and get past that, to that equilibrium.

    2) The Running buddy trick. Got someone who you can run with? That can really help to spur each other on, as if you let the person down then you feel rubbish with yourself.

    3) The 6 week trick. You have been out of a habit or a routine for some time now. It takes 6 weeks for a habit to form. Most people join the gym after the new year and give up after 3 - 4 weeks, whereas if they had just stuck it out that bit longer, 6 weeks is when a habit actually starts to form - a routine then sinks into your psyche, as it were (that probably isn't what actually happens but it does become routine! And I've heard some people say that routines happen every 4 weeks)

    4) The website trick. Post your progress on the Running Log on Realjock! This actually does help me, and reading the other people's posts spurs me on too! There's a few of us on here, and we're helping each other out. I tell ya, us runners are gonna overtake Realjock!! ;o)

    Hope this helps bud! Let everyone know how you're getting on!
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    May 29, 2012 1:53 AM GMT
    Thanks for the suggestions. This is helpful advice. I went for a long hike this weekend, let my body rest, but will get out running tomorrow.
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    May 29, 2012 1:58 AM GMT
    If you enjoy organized events, it might be helpful to look at a 10K in your area a few months from now. Go ahead and sign up for one.

    It gives me a goal to shoot for, and helps me push through the blahs.

    Hope this helps!
  • Lincsbear

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    May 29, 2012 10:24 PM GMT
    Good advice above. Two others:

    Do something, anything, athletic. It gets you in that active habit.

    (Like the twenty minute trick). If you don`t feel up to a run, get ready/dressed/warmed up, etc., then see how you feel. Chances are you`ll go.

    Best wishes,
    John.
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    May 29, 2012 10:29 PM GMT
    suedeheadscot saidI don't know if this helps or not but a few things spring to mind that apparently work for the gym and I have a feeling these would help you too.....: -

    1) The 20 minute trick. Say that you are going out for a run only for 20 minutes. You'll probably want to stay on a run longer. Remember that for the first 15 minutes, your body is in shock which is why you're finding it difficult. Try and get past that, to that equilibrium.

    2) The Running buddy trick. Got someone who you can run with? That can really help to spur each other on, as if you let the person down then you feel rubbish with yourself.

    3) The 6 week trick. You have been out of a habit or a routine for some time now. It takes 6 weeks for a habit to form. Most people join the gym after the new year and give up after 3 - 4 weeks, whereas if they had just stuck it out that bit longer, 6 weeks is when a habit actually starts to form - a routine then sinks into your psyche, as it were (that probably isn't what actually happens but it does become routine! And I've heard some people say that routines happen every 4 weeks)

    4) The website trick. Post your progress on the Running Log on Realjock! This actually does help me, and reading the other people's posts spurs me on too! There's a few of us on here, and we're helping each other out. I tell ya, us runners are gonna overtake Realjock!! ;o)

    The 20 minute rule is good advice. I find getting back into training (whether it is running or weights) is a lot about just getting out there and start building back to where you were. As you as it is all in the mind as you feel you are a lot slower and it is annoying when you are slower. Once you get back into it, you will son be back up to speed.


    Hope this helps bud! Let everyone know how you're getting on!
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    Nov 22, 2012 1:25 PM GMT
    suedeheadscot saidI don't know if this helps or not but a few things spring to mind that apparently work for the gym and I have a feeling these would help you too.....: -
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    Thanks for the suggestions icon_smile.gif