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5 top tips for getting back into running after a break

Running after a break is tough! You need to get back into the zone mentally as well as physically.
I am a fair weather runner. It still seems odd calling myself a runner at all! This time last year I had not even thought about running but in June 2020 I embarked upon the Couch to 5k programme. At the end of October I took the desicion to stop for winter as my asthma gets worse in the colder months and I just hate the cold!

running after a break thumbs up

In April I decided to start again. I was looking forward to it! The weather was not my friend and it even snowed one morning!
Getting back into running wasn’t quite as easy as I’d hoped. My body was out of condition and the muscle memory had to be established again. I had my knee and ankle supports at the ready but luckily didn’t need them. Did I mention it snowed?!

running after a break in the snow

So here are my top tips for getting back into running after a break:
  1. Be realistic on that first run. Don’t expect to be able to replicate your pace or distance straightaway. Use your stats from this run to structure your aims
  2. Keep those feet moving. It doesn’t matter if you need to take some breaks but slow, don’t stop, keep walking.
  3. Set yourself a goal based on how that first run goes. Next time aim to go further OR to run faster OR to reduce your breaks.
  4. Pick some good tunes that suit your pace and will lift your mood. I stream Amazon 90s Pop and sometimes I have a great run but other times it is music I don’t enjoy and it has definite impact on my run.
  5. Remember to rest as well as warm up and warm down. I only go running at the weekend and my Sunday run is definitely harder as I’m more tired.
So good luck with your running!
If you are interested in my Couch to 5k journey then take a look at my weekly posts: one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine.


9 comments

  1. Good on you for doing the couch to 5K! I am not a runner as I have bad knees, but I walk A LOT. I struggled this winter as it was just too cold to do anything, especially because there was nowhere to stop and warm up. I’m definitely enjoying this nicer weather and being back out there exercising again. #mischiefandmemories

  2. I’m not a runner but I’ve just bough an exercise bike to try and improve my fitness. I completely agree with what you say about music contributing to your enthusiasm. I’m much more motivated when I’ve got the right tunes on!

    Katrina x
    #MischiefandMemories

  3. I think it’s absolutely amazing that you run… and manage to get back into it after a break too. Well done you. I really have tried, but running isn’t my thing at all. Enjoy and fab tips for those runners out there 🙂 #mischiefandmemories xx

  4. I started doing Couch to 5K last year during Lockdown. We went away for a week and I stopped doing it, which was ridiculous as I could feel my fitness improving. I am determined to give it another go and get back into running. #mischiefandmemories

  5. Great tips there. It is so hard when you get started again with running again. I haven’t run very much at all recently and it is really hard whenever I do go, but I must get back to it properly #MischiefandMemories

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