You finished your big race for the season, you celebrated, and now a few weeks later, you find yourself. Except you’ve had a couple thirty too many drinks, fried foods, and/or servings of dessert and that belt buckle is heading up to the next notch. Your workouts, when you do them, don’t have the same pop or focus. Some might even call this feeling a post-race depression. So, what can you do to get your mind and body back on track?
- Write out your workouts for the week ahead of time. Be consistent with your training. You don’t have to do anything off the wall, but you should keep the same frequency. If you had been running 5x/week for 60 minutes, then go out and run 5x/week, even if its for a shorter period & less focused. Getting back on the same routine is powerful for your mind & body. It will help you feel like you’re back on a “plan”.
- Do things you’ve wanted to do or try. If you have had the urge to get on the bike and rock some bike intervals, go for it. If you’re an ex-collegiate swimmer and you want to rip out some butterflies because that’s what you miss, do it. Work these activities into your training by doing them on cross training days.
- Plan and write out your weekly meals ahead of time. It keeps you more focused and makes you less likely to order and eat a whole pizza just because you’re not “in” training.
- Pick your next races. Sit down and look at what races you want to do next year. There’s nothing more motivating than taking out a calendar and writing in your races. Seeing it in front of you is powerful!
- Get involved with a training group. If you are training with other people even one or two days a week, there is always someone in the group that is talking about their next big race, and it gets everyone excited to train and race again.
- Hire a coach. They can help you plan your next season and keep you accountable for doing workouts over the cold Chicago winter. They can also help by adding variety to your training plan by giving you workouts you might not have thought of on your own.
No matter what you do, find what motivates you & get back out there! You know you won’t regret it.