How to Get Back into Running – Tips to get Race Ready

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After a long year of isolation, runners all over the world may soon be able to start racing again in the near future. We are seeing signs of things returning to normal, and while we’re not out of the woods yet, we are getting close! ‘Normal’ for a lot of runners will include the weekly 5ks at the local park and even the big hometown marathon. We will get back to all of that soon enough, so if you’re wondering how to get back into running after an extended break, this is the article for you.

Over the course of the pandemic, we’ve seen many race organizations get clever with virtual races. There have been unique ways to get people pumped up to participate in a virtual race, with great swag and innovative methods of results tracking. These have been great temporary solutions, but we all want to get back to proper in-person races. Nothing beats the feeling of lining up in your corral and waiting for the starting gun to go off.

Many areas have some level of races already available, but these usually have strict social distancing guidelines and limits on the number of participants. The 40,000 runners gathering to run a marathon together isn’t quite back in action yet. But they will be soon, and when they are, you’ll want to be ready.

Get Back into Running – Tips

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Do Your Research

At the same time, we all want to get back to the starting line. Here are some tips for participating in races once we’re back to normal:

  • Research Safety Protocols: Find out how the race is approaching social distancing and other COVID-19 protocols. Ensure that the race organization’s stance is similar to your own and that you’re comfortable with how they are handling things.
  • Sign Up for the Distance You Can Handle: Just because there’s a really cool half-marathon in your neighborhood in a couple of weeks does not mean you should do it. If you don’t have the time to properly train for the distance, wait until you do. There will always be more races.
  • Join a Trail Race: Trail races are always smaller and more spread out. They’ll typically have a starting corral, but once the gun goes off the participants tend to spread out on the course. Trail races are a great option to get back into running for this reason.

Also, let’s not forget about getting our nutrition back in check. As the old saying goes, you can’t outrun a bad diet. If you are looking for tips on how to dial in your diet you can check out the helpful articles on our Eat page.

Conclusion:

We should be back to normal soon. Once we are, we’ll surely see a boom in races becoming available in-person. When that happens, you’ll want to jump off the couch and get back out there. The community, the excitement, the crowds, all of the aspects of running a race will be back. These tips should help you be ready for it all!

Get started. You don’t want to have to sit out the first few races that you’d like to do while you wait for your body to acclimate. There’s no better time than now to get back into the sport that we all love. Welcome back!

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