So. Much. Running. At least that’s how it feels at the turn of spring – after months of being a slave to the rower and the jump rope – when Coach Bill$ starts programming run after run. But after a few 400m workouts, the body starts to adjust and we all get our stride back. There are some people who just take naturally to running. They enjoy going out for a few miles either before or after a workout at the gym. And then there’s the rest of us, dreading every step and laboring from start to finish. BUT, there is hope! Check out these easy habits that motivate you to keep running.
- Find a buddy. Partnering up with someone will help hold you accountable instead of flaking out last minute. Running with a partner will also help you with pacing so you can finish out the mileage you intended to do. ***cough, cough – try a run club – the first ever A.C.T. run club is starting soon!
- Make it a routine. Commit to picking a day and time to run. For example, make every Sunday an active recovery day and go for a run or hit some 400m repeats at the track. In just a few short weeks the run will feel easier.
- Be realistic. First day 10k let’s establish my time! Wrong. Try a mile. In a few weeks try two. It’s a marathon, not a race (no pun intended).
- Keep it fresh. You don’t have to do the same boring mile every week. Switch up the scenery, the mileage, the rest time, etc. This will prevent you from hitting a plateau and also keep your interest peaked.
- Set a goal. Whether you have a 5k time you want to build up to or a specific race in mind, set a goal. Having your eyes on the finish line will help you stay consistent in your training.
The repetitive motion of running is what draws us both to and from becoming a better runner. So before you write it off completely or become complacent in your training pace, try to develop some of these habits. Athletes with motivated habits see the most success in their training.
And if you’re really interested in becoming a better runner, join the A.C.T. run club. Just sayin.’