Billy worked his magic (I love putting subliminal messages in my blog posts for him to do things) and he put together my beautiful birthday present from a few years ago. Isn’t she shiny, gorgeous, glowing and breathtaking?
The best part is I get to roll the crib out and watch Brooke through the sliding glass door and know exactly when she wakes up. Plus she gets to hear her favorite noise, the sound of someone on the treadmill. That noise is very comforting to her.
I talked to my doctor this morning and got the greatest news in the history of the world. I can try out running again. I am not going to go into details about what is going on in my healing because that would just be weird but because of my incredibly easy labor/delivery, it has almost been a month and I pinky promised that I would stop if anything felt weird during or after… I am able to start up again.
This post is completely selfish and basically I am talking to myself about how to comeback to running smart and stronger than ever.
1. Keep track of your running. I am going to journal my runs like I used to and include everything from the shoes I wore for the run, how I felt emotionally and physically, distance, what I ate before, pace, my goal for the specific run etc. This will help a ton when it comes to race day and I can look back over my training and feel confident about being ready to race. Also, a journal will help me to recognize injury, burnout and what foods work especially well before a run.
2. Remember what did and didn’t work for you in the past. Be smart about your training and learn from past mistakes.
3. Make a plan. Chances are that some things in your life have changed a little bit (um, hello baby;) since your last training cycle. Plan in advance for how you are going to make this training cycle work. (For me: treadmill on the deck to run during nap time even if all of my neighbors stare at me like I am completely crazy as I run on a treadmill outside)
4. Start out right. From the beginning of your running comeback focus on doing things right. Take your vitamins, stretch like a champ, pay attention to your stride/form and make good habits in terms of rest days and recovery.
5. I have a history of comparing myself to my old times and paces and getting down when I am nowhere near where I used to be. Instead of saying, “Janae, you can’t compare yourself to what you used to do” (this never works, believe me, I have tried) I am actually going take my competitiveness and use it for my benefit. I am going to use my old times as motivation to get faster (over time of course) and beat my old self.
What was the coolest bday present you have ever gotten?
What are your tips for making a running comeback?
Do you have a hard time comparing yourself to your running in the past?
What are you most looking forward to this week?