If I asked you what running success is, what would you say? Let me share one of the biggest ways you can be a running success….
So much to running is consistency. We’re all for good breaks after big events, but inconsistent running after a short scheduled break, does absolutely nothing for your running.
Running is so different to other endurance sports in that it relies heavily on both weight bearing form and economical motion. The only efficient way to optimize your form and economical motion is through time and constant practice.
At the same time, intensity can cause injuries where you will have to go back to the drawing board, and start all over again. This is why it is so important that when you start with your quality sessions that you do so slowly and cautiously. (And this is also why you need proper personalised training programmes).
Here are some tried and tested ways to keep you running more consistently and faster!
There’s nothing like the social pressure of knowing that a friend or a group is waiting for you to make you head out the door. Read our blog on the benefits of running with other people.
Try something new
While you consider yourself a runner, trying something new often nurtures running consistency. Try running on a trail, or a cross-country event, or even a triathlon. This will mix your running up a but keeping you consistent.
Take a break
Top runners view their training year as a mountain range: it has peaks (intense training periods) and valleys (recovery and rest periods where they can build up to their next training period). For healthy, consistent training, your body needs regular recovery periods – you cannot run the whole year at intense training levels. You need to allow your body to rest, and recover. But in the recovery, don’t become sedentary: do gym classes or take up cross training. Keep moving.
Keep a running log
Your training log is a great source of the kind of motivation that builds consistency. A training log keeps your mind focussed; it reveals from where you have come; it encourages you and; it keeps you consistent!
There is something about entering races, marathons in particular, that ‘scare’ people into training the way they should. It also builds a sense of community, and we know how running with people builds and encourages consistency!
Go back to basics and schedule your runs.
Are you a consistent runner? Tell us the ways you keep your running consistent.