If you’ve ever tried to start and stick with running, you know how difficult it is to run daily. It hurts, it’s routine, it’s boring.
But running consistently makes you stronger and faster.The hallmark of excellence, the test of greatness, is consistency. Jim Tressel, football coach Click To Tweet
4 Tips to Becoming a Better Runner with Consistency
1| Purposeful runs
Your runs need to have a purpose if you’re going to be consistent. For example, each day would have a run that would serve a specific purpose – Mondays are for easy runs, Tuesdays are for speed runs, etc.
Or, sign up for a race. There are several benefits to racing – it gives you a specific goal to work toward, you’ll have a training schedule to guide you, and it’s a great motivator.
2| Schedule it
Many runners like to run in the morning to get it out of the way. But, the main priority is to find a time that works for you during your day.
Planning a lunch run? Women’s Running recommends some time saving techniques for a successful lunch workout.
And if you’re an evening runner, five tips for post-work running.
3| Make it social
Running with a friend or in a group keeps you accountable and encourages you to get moving when you don’t feel like it.
And, according to Runner’s World
This positive peer pressure even works on a subconscious level—thanks to a concept called “social facilitation,” says Cindra Kamphoff, Ph.D., a sports psychology consultant at Your Runner’s Edge. It was first discovered with cyclists—they had faster times when racing against someone else versus doing a time trial on their own. The same holds true with runners. “When you run with others, you tend to give more effort,” she says. “You get caught up in the pace, and you might not recognize how fast you’re going.” – Perks of Running Solo or Social, Runner’s World
4| Track it
You’ve heard of the don’t break the chain strategy, right? It’s a way to be mindful of how often you’re running. If you’ve been tracking your runs and have noticed several days without running, it serves as a great reminder to get back on the roads.
If you’re new to running, take a look at these 17 tips for new runners.
What has helped you become a better runner? Leave a comment below!