Lockdown has impacted every runner in some or the other way. Some have utilized this time to psychologically unload their minds while others focused on healing their injuries. Staying indoors for months has changed us massively. Here’s how to make a healthy running comeback post lockdown:
Basis such questions, you would be able to judge where you stand today and how can you return to running.
There is no denying that it will take a good amount of time and effort to return to the previous shape. But, self-belief makes a lot of difference. Tell yourself time and again that it is certainly possible to be the same driven runner that you were a few months ago.
Once you reorient your belief system, the confidence-level is sure to grow and give you that emotional kick to start anew. Self-assurance is the biggest motivation that there is for every runner. Also, try to build a positive self-image to make a healthy return to running. With confidence, patience and positivity, nothing is too tough to achieve.
There are chances that you give an abrupt start to your training without focusing on the right things. This is the easiest way to distract your progress from the right path. Consult your coach. Talk to experts. 3-4 training sessions are more than enough to reboot. Also, make sure to shell out some time for strength training.
The post-lockdown period is a new chapter for you. If you continuously compare your current version with the one that you were previously, it is likely to drag you back. Begin your every day with no comparisons.
It is highly recommended to run solo in the season of Coronavirus. But, joining running groups online or reconnecting to fellow runners/coaches for some dose of encouragement is not a bad idea. It gives you perspective and makes you realize that you are not alone on this journey. Many people want to start running again.
An amateur runner is likely to find it more difficult to get back to running than an experienced one. But that most definitely doesn’t imply that the former cannot make a successful comeback.
At the end, if you are not able to meet the set expectations, it is completely understood and valid. What matters is that you stay consistent – it will certainly help you get back to running and up curve. Wish you all the luck!