Whether you’re coming off of a break or new to cross country, starting up can be tough. This is where talking to your coach comes into play as well. Your coach can help give you structure and guide you to get ready for the start of the season.
If you’re new to running, the run walk method is a great way to start up. Tell yourself you’ll run for two minutes and walk for one. I find it important to set small tangible goals on your way to reaching your bigger goal. It helps build momentum and can give you a little bit of confidence.
If you are a more experienced runner coming off of a break, just run for time for a bit. It’s easy to get caught up in how many miles others are running, but you have to remember to listen to your body. The training for runners on your team and others might be very different; try not to compare.
If you struggle a little bit, that’s okay. In fact, you should expect it. Running is not a sport where things are always linear. For both a newer or experienced runner, consistency goes a long way in having a successful season.