My Running Log [+ 7 Tips How to Start Running Again!]

My running route. Great weather and beautiful fall November day.

My running log is just that, a running diary to capture the events of the day from my time pounding the pavement.

See active Run Challenge -> 5 miles a Day for 30 Days

Completed! -> 3 miles a Day for 30 Days

My 7 Tips on How to Start Running Again!

You push your body faster, farther, and start to dream about personal records in those weekend 5k runs, 10k runs, and beyond.

Then you get hurt. Find yourself too busy. Suddenly, all the gains in mileage, pace, fitness, and confidence disappear as fast as they materialized.

1. Get Some Perspective

Remember the 10 percent rule. If you’ve been off for three months or more, don’t increase your weekly mileage or pace by more than 10 percent, week over week. Increase it less if you need to.

2. Get New Running Gear

When it comes to boosting motivation, looking the part has a big part to play. When the act of putting on your running gear makes you feel confident and ready to perform, then you’ve crushed another excuse your inner rival likes to target.

3. Practice Patience

Running slower, reducing mileage, and allowing rest and recovery days are so important when you’re making a comeback.

4. Walk Before You Run

Before returning to running, you should be able to walk for at least 30 minutes or more. It is exciting to start running again, but limit the possibility by easing back.

5. Start a Challenge to Conquer

An external challenge can be a powerful motivator. Setting a personal goal to measure each run against, giving you more reason to head out there with purpose and a great way to motivate yourself.

6. Get Stronger

Strength training can help you tolerate a higher volume of running if done properly.

The key is to discover exercises that mimic the components of running to help improve muscle coordination, timing, and biomechanics, to limit the possibilities of injury.

7. Try Cross Training

Cross-training can help to strengthen muscles used less during running. You can focus on specific areas—such as your upper body—that don’t get worked as much while running.

By balancing your weaker muscles with your stronger ones, you’ll help reduce your chance of injury.

My running challenges

I have never been the type of runner that ran just to be healthier. It just doesn’t interest me. I need a goal to motivate me. 5k, 10k, marathons. Now that is interesting.

Did someone say challenge? You know I love a challenge.

Listed below are links to my running log related to specific running challenges.