New runners know that it can be tough to make running a habit in their lives. Running can be daunting when you’re starting out, and it’s so easy to get overwhelmed! So many of us start with the best of intentions, and then quickly lose motivation. It creates an unproductive cycle and leads to frustration, discouragement, and quitting. Let’s talk about our top three ways to fix that!
Carve Out The Time
When you want to make running a habit, you need to schedule time to run on a regular basis. It could be three times a week or it could be every day. Those details aren’t important: what matters is the consistent commitment to the acitivity. Whatever you choose, block off that time on your schedule and get it done.
Make it fun!
If you’re happy, you’re way more likely to keep pushing forward and sticking with your activity. Find the things about running that put a smile on your face and then do those things! It could be running with friends, or treating yourself to little rewards, or joining up with a regular group. Again, details aren’t the point: it’s giving yourself some reasons to keep going that’s going to help push you.
Keep Moving The Goalposts
If you only have one goal, there’s nothing to keep you engaged after you’ve succeeded. Mix it up and make it interesting! Try a longer distance, or switch from roads to trails. Challenge your PR (Personal Record). If you’ve conquered speed, try to go for distance. Or if you went out for a really tough half marathon, maybe register for something fun like a donut run, to mix things up. There are so many options.
Bonus Tip: Get Your Rest
We often downplay how important rest can be to any consistent regime. The reality is that you overdo anything, especially running, the burnout comes fast and furious. Take a break and take care of yourself, too. Ironically, it’s crucial to keep you moving towards your (changing) goals!
No one said running was easy to maintain, but there are ways to make it EASIER! What other tips do you have?
Join the Runner’s Roundup!
Link up each week to post your favorite running tips, experiences, race and training recaps, workouts, gear, and coaching ideas. Join your hosts Coach Debbie Runs, Confessions of a Mother Runner, Mile by Mile, and Runs with Pugs, each week for the Runners’ Roundup linkup! Your link must be running related. Unrelated links will be removed. You must link back to your hosts — it’s common courtesy and a lot more fun! Spread the link-up love by visiting at least two other #running bloggers! Leave a comment and find new blogs to read! Use hashtags #running and #RunnersRoundup to stay in touch and promote your content!