Running is a strange hobby when you really think about it. The people that do it consistently tend to be in love with it, even getting excited at the mere prospect of it, however, to start with it can seem like a real chore. In fact, it can often be a painful struggle to get yourself up and on your feet. It’s because of this that we usually decide in order to get ourselves back into the jogging spirit we’ll set ourselves a goal, an achievable one that’ll have us back on the track in no time. It’s a great way to start but the trouble is, when we meet that goal it can often feel somewhat aimless after and it’s all too easy to lose that fire we once had. It’s important that we know how to keep our momentum and stay motivated past our goals and helping us create a steady running routine. Here are some tips to help you prevent yourself from falling out with this oh so fickle of hobbies.
Make an Early Start
Keeping on top of a steady running schedule when you live the modern day 90mph hour lifestyle isn’t always easy to do. Between keeping up with your work, seeing family and friends and just generally keeping your house in order it’s easy to miss out on a run or two, or three, or four (you get the idea) If this is becoming difficult to grapple with then there is a pretty simple solution, though it may not be one you like. Getting up earlier and starting your day with a run may sound like the most daunting prospect going but it’s actually a great way to keep you running sessions intact whilst still living your busy life. Starting early also comes with its benefits, not only will you have a great feeling of accomplishment before many have even got out of bed but it’ll actually give you extra energy thanks to an early rush of endorphins, you’ll be flying through your tasks and feeling great about it too. Try easing yourself into it, start off by doing two morning runs every week and build up to more gradually. To make that start even easier lay everything that you need out the night before, your kit, your trainers, water, all of it, that’ll give you less to worry about. If you’re still struggling see if you can get someone to join you, you’re far more likely to spring into action if you’d be letting someone else down otherwise.
Keep up Your Strength
Building muscle may seem reasonably unnecessary when you’re training for your running, after all surely the best way to train is by concentrating on your runs alone? Well (as I’m sure you’ve guessed) that is not so. According to studies building up our strength will indeed improve your running performance, and what is more motivating than noticeable progress?