Karen Welby, Certified Holistic Health Coach, Running Coach, Personal Trainer and Founder of Active Accessories
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A guest post a little later in the month than I originally planned but none the less great information.
Whether it’s mid-day through marathon training or a tragic event that hits home we’ve all been there. A running slump. It doesn’t feel good and it can feel impossible to get through. Check out Karen’s great tips for getting through the runners slump and come back feeling refreshed and motivated again.
The tragic events at the Boston Marathon affected all runners. It doesn’t matter if you’re a newbie or a veteran, whether you are fast or slow, we are all mourning in our way. Some runners have vowed to run harder, stronger and faster and for other runners, it’s time to take a short break.
Whether you are feeling “off” from the events in Boston or have ever encountered a lack of motivation in your training, here are few holistic tips to overcome a running slump:
- Run for a Cause – One way to get back into the running spirit is to run for a cause. Many races around the country allow you to join a team that supports a charity. Even if you are just running a local 5k, take fundraising efforts into your hands by informing friends and family about your upcoming race and how they can help donate to the cause. Every event welcomes extra donations!
- Detox for 3 days – When I say “detox” related to running, I simply mean only eat foods that give you energy. For three days, try eating only whole foods such as fresh fruits and vegetables and whole grains, and avoid processed, junk foods and alcohol. Give your body a few days off from eating out and try to prepare meals at home.
- Take time to rest and cross train – I always tell my clients on days you are absolutely dreading running, skip it! There is nothing wrong with taking a few days off to do your favorite cross training activity or rest your legs. You will return to running refreshed and your legs will thank you!
- Don’t stress – Running slumps, both physical and mental, happen to all of us so it’s best to listen to your body. During your time “off”, try to clear your mind, detox and recharge your body. Thinking about the miles you are not logging, will only stress you out.
- Journal – Use your time off from running to reflect on why you started! Write down all of the reasons why you started running, why you love running and how running affects your life.
When you are ready to hit the roads again, leave the watch at home. Try one or two of your first runs “back” without timing each mile split and simply run based on how you feel. I know this is easier said than done (I am addicted to my Garmin GPS watch), but it allow your body and mind to experience the joys of running.
How do you get through running slumps? Please share in the comments below!