How to Adjust to the Changing Seasons
As runners, we are now starting to enjoy the benefits of fall running: cooler weather, crisp fall air and the beautiful scenery as leaves begin to change color. Soon, fall will turn into winter, then winter to spring. With this change of seasons also may come a change of seasons in our lives. Throughout these seasons, we may go through different points in our running abilities and need to adapt our running habits. This post will talk about ways to cope with some of these changing seasons that affect our running, and how to adjust your mentality to get the most out of your experience.
When It Is The Busy Season
I think the most important thing you can do while running during a busy season in life is just remembering to breathe, and take a step back. Whether it is a busy time at work or with family or any other personal strife that life throws your way, it is important to straighten out priorities and remember what is most important to you. Running may always be there, but sometimes the situation in front of you is only short-lived.
When It Is The Training Season
This is the time to maybe put running and your health at a higher priority. Some sacrifices (like staying in on a Friday/Saturday night so you can get enough rest for your early long run) may need to be made to make sure you stick to your plan and are able to achieve your goals. However, don’t sacrifice your family or any other part of your life that is most important to you. The same truths go for in the training season as in the busy season: Be vigilant of your priorities, and make sure you are taking care of yourself both inside and outside of running.
When It Is “Time To Get Back Into Shape” Season
This may be the most mentally tough season of running, as it may take a while to feel the rewards of running while you are slowly trying to get back into shape. Adjusting your expectations should be a huge part of your mentality shift, as well as being patient. Also, enjoy the present, the slow climb, as much as you can, not letting your remembrance of where you once were in your running abilities discourage you, but using it to push you to get better.
No Matter What Season, Enjoy Running
I always think that no matter what season you are in, running should still be enjoyable. Many times for me during the busy season, running is a release, a way to clear my mind, whereas when I am training or getting back into shape, it is more about that runner’s high after completing a long or hard run. There will be hard days and hard seasons, but at the end of the day, running should always be driven by your own passion for the sport. I know that for me, I want to continue to run simply because I love it (it’s one of my favorite activities after all), and I will continue this pursuit of running no matter what life throws my way.