If you’re struggling to fit more than 3 or 4 runs a week (even with those early mornings), then this won’t really effect you but if you’re looking at training any more than that, it is worth considering adding a few other aerobic activities to spice up your repertoire, workouts such as swimming, rowing or cycling can all further increase your fitness without having the impact stress that comes with running. Adding this interchanging aspect to your schedule won’t just keep you interested and motivated to work out but will also engage different muscle groups that may otherwise go ignored, help you to achieve a more well-rounded and stronger body and will allow you to correct any muscle imbalances that may have been causing issues before, some that you may not have even realised yourself. It’s also good training for the unfortunate event of an injury, you’ll have another activity at the ready if you’re unable to run for a while.
Eat Your Greens
That’s right, it’s time to get your plate loaded with those low calorie, nutritious vegetables. All too often meat is associated with fitness but when running you are really going to want to look to plant food friend to serve you right. First of all, meat naturally makes you feel sluggish and tired, you won’t have this problem with your greens, in fact you’ll feel energised instead, they contain high quality carbs which power your workouts. Second, they help you to recover quickly thanks to their antioxidants, so in effect they cover you both during and after the run. As a final cherry on the cake (though it may not be a topic for the dinner table) vegetables also keep you regular. There would be nothing worse than being faced with an emergency ‘surprise’ whilst out there on a long run. You want to make sure that you’re eating foods that will allow you to go out there with confidence, after all I can’t imagine anything more demoralising than that.
Go Off Grid
This is one of my favourite tips on the list and its pretty straight forward, stop recording your runs. For some people recording all the data they can about the run and competing with their friends on apps like Strava is enough to keep them going forever and that’s fine. But if you find you motivation waning unplugging yourself from your devices is a great way to help you learn more about your own running and more importantly in this case, allowing you to enjoy your time out there. This can even mean unplugging yourself from your music, which can too be just as motivational (especially when you can feel yourself nearing the dreaded ‘wall’). Try listening to your breathing, you’ll learn what it should sound like at different intensity levels. Also simply listen to the world around you and appreciate what you see, it’s sometimes nice to just go at a leisurely pace in these busy times.