The Comeback Series, Part I: Introduction

Whatever, LL.
Whatever, LL.

As you all know by now, I am coming back to training after my third baby in 4 years. This is the third time that I took a long break, gained a lot of weight, got out of shape, lost a lot of weight and worked hard to get back into shape. Comebacks are becoming my thing.

In a lot of ways, comebacks are awesome. After taking time off, most likely forced by injury, pregnancy or life, it can be exhilarating to get back to training and watch yourself quickly get back to shape. On the other hand, comebacks can be frustrating.  Fitness might not return as quickly as you hope.  Much worse, if a comeback isn’t handled properly, things can go very awry very quickly. Combine the eagerness to get back to it with a body perhaps not as strong as it was when you left off and many of us comebackers are set up for setbacks.

That’s why I’m bringing you this series of posts. Together, we will discuss how to successfully comeback after a layoff. I’ll bring you tips and insights that will minimize the bumps along the road and maximize the liklehood you’ll comeback stronger and faster than ever!

 

I’ve said this many times around here, but it’s so worth saying again:

Hardwork + Patience + Consistency => Faster Running

To get a lot faster it takes consistent training strung together over back to back training cycles with little break. Of course, you need planned recovery in your training, but long lay-offs due to injuries, burnout or pregnancy or other life stuff will set you back. The longer the lay-off the longer the comeback will probably take and likewise, the less you do to maintain fitness during that break, the longer the comeback will take. But no matter how long or how sloth-like you were during that break,  lay-offs do not mean the end of your PR plans or big dream running goals if the comeback is handled properly.

That’s where this series of posts come in! Over the next few weeks we will discuss each of these elements of a successful comeback (and more as I think of them or you suggest them):

1. Practicing patience and easing back into training.

2. Coming up with a plan, but remaining flexible with executing and adjusting it.

3. Expecting bumps along the road and learning to enjoy the ride.

4. Believing you are capable of getting where you want to go even when it feels hopeless.

5. Learning from past mistakes.

6. Being grateful along the way.

Got any questions you’d like answered about comebacks or tips you’d like me to discuss? 

Salty Running boss and mother of 3 little ones with PRs of 3:10:15 (26.2), 1:25:59 (13.1) and 18:15 (5k). I love to write about running culture, mental training, and fitting in a serious running habit with the rest of a busy life.

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