I find that having a routine is a great source of motivation. Humans like habits, and I am no exception. I do enjoy a routine. This is what I do before going out on a run. I’ve included what I do after a run as well. I find that each of these items makes training easier for me. I enjoy the routines as well. It’s a source of strength and I do look forward to the run, but each of these things actually makes me enjoy the run a bit more.
- Put on my running gear
I put on my shoes, pants, t-shirt. I include putting on knee and ankle support bandages after having sprayed on a liquid form of an analgesic heat rub if I need it.
- Walk Spike
I find that walking Spike is a great warm-up. This is a way of making certain that I go out on a run. If I don’t run, I walk Spike later. If I do go, I walk him at about 8PM.
- Put on my Kinsei 2s
After having walked Spike, I come back home, leave the dog and drink some water. I change into my running shoes. I do this because I walk on grass and dirt during my walk with Spike.
- Go for a run
Easiest step. I warm up a little during the 2 min walk to the park and start running at a preset location.
- Come back from the run
When I finish running, I stretch a little on the way and assess the state of my body. How tired am I? Could I have run more?
- Wash clothes
After each run, I was my workout clothes. Even though they are sweat wicking, they get stinky real quick. Washing them after a run, after they have been completely soaked by sweat, seems sensible.
- Take shower
I take a quick cold shower after my run, to get rid of the grime.
I stretch after my shower, making sure that the muscles feel good.
I usually put on some bandages on the parts of my body that hurt a bit. Before switching to my Kinsei 2s, my ankles and knees were usually sore. I might put an ice-pack on a key area. Tonight, I completely bandaged up my calves because I noticed that they were sore. I spray on some analgesic heat rub if I need it.
After a run, I usually have a light meal or a smoothie to replenish my energy. Fruits do the trick for me.