With track season around the corner its only a matter of time before you’ll need to pull out those old running shoes and start your base training. Ugh but who really wants to get off the couch, slow down on the netflix binge watching and skip out on moms homemade meals? Well if you’re an athlete dedicated to a sport you’ll still find time to do all these wonderful things in addition to your training. Why? Because student athletes are bad asses! Minus moms meal though if your going to college out of state or in another city.
Establish a routine: Get in the habit of doing any particular exercise at any point in the day. Get those happy workout endorphins flowing and let them motivate you into getting back into track shape for the upcoming season. Mine is calf raises now. Since I am coming off an achilles tear/rupture/pop… whatever. My right leg looks like chicken little and the left looks like Foghorn leghorn. *If you don’t know the reference google is your friend
Get to the Track: Sometimes all the motivation you need is just getting there. If you don’t have scheduled training sessions pick your own training time and go to the track. Once you get there start your warm up. 9 time out of 10 once you start you won’t want to stop.
Keep a Training Journal: Journal are the coolest thing to have in track & field. They are the bible of your athletic career. Write down how you felt going into training, what you did and how you felt after. Include the good, the bad and the ugly. When you look back on your journal you’ll be able to see how far you have come. Under the assumption you are doing the necessary work that needs to be done on and off the track. ON & OFF The Track! My journal is pretty funny.
Write your goals: Keep a goal book. This will help with the motivation to reach your dreams. Seems trivial, and maybe dumb to a few, but the coolest thing is scratching off a goal you set for yourself weeks, months, sometimes years later. They don’t have to be complex. Something as simple as drinking water when you wake up can be a goal. Drinking water when you wake up is also a great way to wake your system up and get in the habit of drinking more water 😉 Just an FYI thought.
These are just a few of my quick tips for getting back into the swing of things and how I keep myself motivated to continue doing what I am doing. I like to write things down and check things off. What do you like to do?