Wondering how to start running again?
Run enough miles or keep putting one foot in front of the other long enough, and chances are pretty good you'll eventually need to take time off from running.
You know, so you can...
When you have to take a break from running, it might feel like an eternity.
Been there, done that?
When you really love the sport, you'll eventually find your way back.
Are you all fired up to lace up your running shoes and go hard after a break?
Bonus points for enthusiasm. But that might not be the best plan for how to start running again.
Looking for some help about how to start running again? Check out these FIVE no-pressure ways to ease back into it.
Trail runners love the sport because it takes us into nature.
That ever happen?
And the first step toward running is walking, or hiking, if we’re on trails.
Hiking before running will provide a wonderful stepping stone while giving us a hearty dose of nature.
Once you have enough hikes under your belt, rather than going straight to running, it’s a good idea to employ the run/walk method on the trail, where it’s known as run/hike.
Trekking poles can make returning to trail running less intimidating. Sometimes when we are out of trail running practice, taking that first step upon uneven terrain can feel daunting.
If your running break was taken because of tragedy, such as a near-fatal fall, or injury, such as broken bones or concussion, especially if it occurred upon the trail in the first place, it can be downright scary to return.
Trail running requires more :
Poles also take weight off the feet
Since my vacation from running was due to a heel spur on the bottom of the right foot, I was happy to use poles to hike, and then run/hike, for about three weeks before transitioning to solid running.
If poles are out of the budget, try a walking stick. There’s nothing like a good old-fashioned hiking stick to make you feel like a kid again.
Should you run alone or run with friends when you're trying to figure out how to start running again?
This one is debatable.
Because when we run with others, for the most part, we become energized by our running buddies and get caught up in chatting.
And there's a consequence...We do not pay attention to what’s going on with the injured part (or parts) we just spent so much time healing.
When we run alone, we tune inward, listen to our bodies and walk or slow down when needed.
However, with that being said, if you have a solid group of running friends who are OK with you:
Then inviting others to help you figure out how to start running again might be just what the doctor ordered. Friends can be the best medicine.
On the other hand, if you’re testing out a repaired injury after quite some time off, this is not the time to join a new running group or run with people you hardly know.
It can be defeating to show up and not be able to keep up if you haven’t had the chance to explain beforehand that you’re just beginning again.
Play it safe, and don’t run with strangers… at least for now. It's a smart way to figure out how to start running again.
It's another smart way to ease back into things and figure out how to start running again...
All too often, runners...including me, typically zip right by when running strong and healthy.
After all, you wanted so badly to get back outside, running through the woods, right?
When you're ready to figure out how to start running again, don't rush back into it at breakneck speed.
That's how to start running again!
Have you taken a break from running and made your way back? Tell us about it in the comments.