After achieving any big running goal, it's always a good idea to take some time out for rest and recovery, both physically and mentally. A week or so of easy walks, stretching, and perhaps a little light strength work is ideal, but running should be avoided after a hard effort long distance run (e.g. a marathon or ultra). Taking a bit of downtime from training will help everything recover faster with less demands being put on the body and more rest a definite winner in this period.
Sometimes however, you may find yourself in a bit of a slump where you don't feel like returning to running at all! This is totally okay and probably a sign that you need a mental break from running just as much as the physical breather. Once you decided that enough downtime has been had, you may still require a bit of assistance to get going again, so here's my top 5 tips to help get you out the door for a run.
- Pop it into your diary like you would an appointment, so you don’t miss it.
- Arrange to meet a friend - running is always better with company!
- Choose a pretty place to run for inspiration.
- Be prepared for all kinds of weather - heat, rain, cold (a variety of RunFaster tights will help you out here 😉).
- Set a new goal! The time has come to find your next big one and you may find it's exactly what you need to kick you back into gear!
Written by: Rachel Allworth - Accredited Running Coach