And just like that…July is gone!
Oh July you were such an awesome month…why couldn’t you stay a little longer?
Sorry August, nothing personal, it’s just that July was that good. What a busy month we’ve had. I just did a double take on my last post…I can’t believe I haven’t written since the 4th. That was unintended, I didn’t realize the next opportunity I would have to write wouldn’t be until August 1st! So let’s get back at it.
While July proved to be my favorite month of the summer thus far, it is also a time of year where vacations, baseball games, picnics, concerts, pool parties, and all the fun stuff summer has to offer can get you off track with your exercise routine.
That is why I titled this post “Back to Running After Vacation”.
I don’t typically ever take a break from running. I am usually still mindful of my running schedule no matter where I am and I squeeze it in. If running won’t work I do something else. I adapt to the situation and tailor my routine accordingly.
However, I’m human, and when my son asks if we can go on a bike ride along the beach in the morning, I say yes even if I had planned on running. When the family wants to walk to the ice cream parlor for cones I go along and I have an ice cream cone.
We’ve had a month of baseball tournaments, which also means a month of eating dinner at 8:30-9:00 p.m. often at a nearby restaurant, and countless trips to the snack bar for soft pretzels, hot dogs (my son- I don’t eat hot dogs), and whatever other unhealthy treats that might be available on a hot day in July.
A week at the beach, as lovely as it is, also means drinking Summer Shanty and sitting in our beach chairs watching the kids play in the water while snacking on chips and the like. Backyard BBQ’s, summer concerts, pool parties, and all that other good stuff often involves eating and drinking more than you had wanted to or planned. Throw in a few missed runs or workouts and you’re left feeling pretty heavy and full and just “blah”. You probably feel like you are in need of some cleansing and that you need to get yourself back on track. You need to get back to running after vacation!
Trust me we all need and deserve a vacation so first things first, don’t beat yourself up too bad. Like I say earlier, you’re human. Sometimes life gets in the way. We all need a chance to unwind and enjoy without pressuring ourselves to be doing something else. So with that said, enjoy that vacation, enjoy that break from the normal, just don’t unpack your bags and move in for good. Don’t make it permanent. Get yourself back on track and into a routine when your break has ended. You’re never too far gone to start. So start today. Get moving.
The first thing I did the day after we got home from vacation was go running. I was determined to run. Now it poured rain and I had to cut it short because I was drenched, but I was determined to run no matter what. I finished up the last few miles on the treadmill. This morning I got up and ran my normal Monday morning run and just like that I’m back on my schedule.
Commit to your workouts. No excuses…not even rain. If you think you’ll figure out a way to keep yourself from exercising, get out there first thing in the morning and get it done. If you tackle it in the morning you’re more likely to complete it. When you put it off throughout the day you’ll put it off and eventually later will be never. Don’t fall into that cycle. Make time not excuses. If you are someone who does better with a goal set, sign up for a Fall race today! If that is the motivation you need, then do it.
Drink water. You don’t need a fancy expensive cleanse, you just need to flush your system. Water can do that just fine. Increase your fruits and veggies and lay off the snacking.
Plan your weekly meals so that you know what’s for dinner and you know what time you’ll be eating. If you’re like us, football starts today! So I have to really think dinner through. I need something quick, healthy, and on the table by 5:00 p.m. If I wait until after we’ll start that cycle of eating at 8:30-9:00 p.m. and with school on the horizon I need to break that routine now.
Add something new to your routine. If you’re a runner, add a nice evening walk into your schedule. Take the dog along or go on a nice bike ride with your kids. Add some strength training into your routine or a few sprints. Adding a little something extra will help you feel like you’re bouncing back quicker and that you’re back on track.
Vacations are great, we all need them. We all need these July’s in our lives where we can enjoy life and the people we share it with, but that doesn’t have to come at the expense of our health and well being. It felt great to have a little time to myself to do what I love, to run!