Whether you hit a PB or barely finished, after a race, dial back on the serious running. Training demands time and social sacrifices, so give yourself a few weeks off rigorous workouts, go out with your friends, and don’t say no to dessert. A rejuvenating break will have you ready to go this new year.
Use some of the time you would’ve spent running for a gentle yoga class. This soothing activity will not only help you unwind and refocus, but you’ll develop the strength, flexibility, and balance needed to prevent injury and improve your efficiency.
10 minutes dedicated to meditation or quiet time alone before a run will not only give you a mental break, but will alleviate tension so you can run more relaxed and in tune with your body.
Pick a destination race in spring, so you’ll have plenty of time to train and look forward to it. Holiday planning has been proven to boost mood, and having a goal will jump-start your enthusiasm and motivation to get out the door and hit your training marks.