Real talk: I didn’t run for a week. I just didn’t want to. Usually, my workout week is as such:
Saturday-Run/Elliptical and HIIT on bike or treadmill, Sunday-BBG Workout and some LISS repeat until Friday which is my rest day and start it all over again. Sometimes I split the workouts in half doing part in the morning and part during my lunch break, but generally, this is my schedule.
But the wedding weekend through a little wrench in my plans and I traded my Saturday run for an extra resistance session on Friday. I ended up taking that Monday off too because I was so worn out from traveling and the weekend so I found myself with a week gap in between my runs.
One of the things I firmly believe in when it comes to running is consistency is key. This doesn’t mean you have to run every single day for the rest of time, but you have to keep it up or your endurance suffers. Of course, knowing this, I was dreading hopping back in the game. I laced up my shoes on Wednesday, prepped for failure, and set out. It wasn’t until I was perusing Instagram and came across this until I knew I could handle it.
I read this and I was ready. I knew that one week without running wasn’t going to kill me. Yes, this wasn’t going to be my fastest run, but I wasn’t going to die on it and I only had to go as far as my body wanted to. I had this.
That run ended up being just okay, to be honest. I’ve had better, I’ve had worse, but I was surprised at my attitude after. I felt just good. I was proud of myself for jumping back on the horse and pounding it out.
I have had a couple good runs since and actually started out my workout today with a 1/2 mile run around my apartment complex and finished it with a 1/2 mile run as a cooldown. I’m getting back into the swing of things and it feels so much better than if I had given up. We all get sidelined sometimes; injury, stress, schedule conflicts etc. The key is to remember to get back on that horse no matter how daunting it may feel. You’ve got this and you will continue to get this if you keep trying.