When I rise out of bed in the morning, I can think of one million reasons (EXCUSES) why I shouldn’t run. Nevertheless, I find myself finishing my run as the sun comes up day after day because I know that the key to success in endurance sports is consistency. I was unaware of all of the idiosyncrasies I had created to adhere to my lifestyle, so after having them pointed out to me, I thought I would share my top 5 ways to get out the door this spring.
1) Set a Goal: It does not matter if your goal is to run a world record or to simply lose 5 pounds, YOU MUST write down your goal and share it with the world. I like to write down 1, 5, and 10 year goals and work backwards.
Most people find it helpful to sign up for a local road race to keep them accountable. I recommend starting a blog with the title of the blog being your goal. People love reading about the trials of miles no matter how fast you are. This leads me to my next tip…
2) Keep a Training Log: This can be in the form of a blog. Chantelle Wilder wrote a great piece on The Training Log. In short, you can track your weekly progress, keep an eye on potential injuries, and most importantly, you will eventually learn from your mistakes.
3) Run with People: PUT DOWN YOUR GADGETS and enjoy the scenery. JOIN A GROUP! Furthermore, no data is more important than sensory data. Pay attention to your breathing, hit the trails, and spend some quality time with friends and family!
4) Cross Train: It is vital to your long-term development to supplement your running with some cross-training. It can be in the form of biking, swimming, or aqua jogging. However, it can also be squash, kick-boxing, or ZUMBA! Reward yourself for the hard effort the day before and spice up your cardio life!
5) TRICK YOURSELF: Create a routine that your body craves. To this day, I do not drink coffee. My addiction is running and I love it! Furthermore, you might want to try keeping your running shoes at the foot of your bed. Put your feet in your running shoes DIRECTLY out of bed. A morning run is a great way to start your day. You will start to realize how much better breakfast tastes. What’s even better is you will eat more earlier in the day, consequently having more energy throughout the day. It gets better. You will not binge eat at night!