No matter what stage of running you’re at, being flexible with your runs will set you up for running success! It will really help you if you’re coming back from injury, an extended break, or just getting back into running.
Diary of a Running Chick: May 9th, 2017
I’m definitely embracing being flexible with my runs. I’m learning that catering to another person can make it hard to get myself out for a run in the morning. I’ve gone on a bunch of runs and they’ve been great, but there have been mornings that I’ve planned on running and haven’t been able to find the time. I want that running success, so here’s to flexibility!
I need to remind myself that it’s okay to be flexible with my runs. I’m so used to getting up every morning and going for a run. That was pre-baby. I’d get six runs in a week and normally run over 30 miles. I loved it. I craved it and I still crave it! But that old schedule doesn’t define my current running success. I know that my daughter is still so young and I have to just go with it, getting my runs in when I can!
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A good way that I’m embracing and finding flexibility with my runs is by not being so hard on myself! I used to be super upset if I took days off. As I’m working myself back up to how I ran before, I need to be satisfied with the runs I get in. Right now, anything I can swing is better than not getting out there to run at all.
I took a full month off from running and I had not done that in a very long time. I’m managing my expectations and making sure they aren’t too high. I don’t know how long it will take me to get back to running like I was before and I don’t care! I know my body has to build back up and I am okay with that.
Letting myself be flexible with my runs is allowing me to get back to my daily runs easier. I used to be so rigid with running in the morning. I know now that I need to be more flexible with when I run. If my morning is devoted to taking care of my baby and we had a rough night, then no biggie, I can go for a run later in the day.
No matter where you’re at on your running journey, embracing flexibility will help you to not be so hard on yourself. I know that I am totally guilty of it, but being so rigid can sometimes make a set back seem like the end of the world, when it’s not! I love running every day and I know I will get back there, but I don’t have to be upset with where I am right now!
Being flexible with your runs will open you up to different running experiences! It will let you not be so hard on yourself or have such a strict schedule. It will also open you up when life gets busy. I know that on a busy day I’d rather get any run in, than be disappointed because I missed my morning run! Here’s to our running success!
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