I always wonder whether or not I will be running in five years, 10 years or even 20 years from now. I’ve been running for about 20 years now, so it has already been a long journey… but you just never know where life will take you.
I think one of the most important things that you can do to make sure you have a long relationship with running is to treat it like any other relationship in your life — and you have to set and respect boundaries to keep it thriving for years to come.
Over the years, I’ve learned there are a few key things that keep your relationship with running healthy and alive and today, I’m sharing my learnings as part of the Running Coaches’ Corner series with Susie, Debbie and Rachel!
Always respect the run, and most importantly, respect the distance. Running IS tough and it takes time to build up your strength to go long distances. Don’t take on too much when you are first starting out (or even after you have been running for awhile!).
This is one of the toughest ones, because as runners, we don’t like to admit when we are hurt. But, it happens. And being honest with ourselves about it is so important — nothing kills your love for running (and your future in the sport) if you don’t take a step back when you are injured and give your body a chance to recover.
A sense of adventure.
I don’t know about you, but running the same path every. single. day. gets a little boring. Add some adventure and intrigue to your training by finding a new place to run, a new group to run with or just varying the way you run (adding in speedwork, hills, fartleks). It’ll keep it interesting and make you look forward to your runs.
Keep it real.
There’s one thing of setting goals, but more importantly, you need to set goals that are realistic. Nothing discourages you more than having a goal in front of you that is just too far out of reach. It doesn’t mean that the specific goal may never be attainable, but set goals that you can feel like you are making progress towards instead of shooting in the dark.
Know your why.
This one is a little bit related to the one above at times, but not always. Why are you running? Why do you love getting out there and sweating it out? There are days where I will go for a run simply because I need to clear my head or get my frustrations on the world out.
Understanding why you want to do it, both from the overall view of running and from your daily runs, can make it that much enjoyable.
How long have you been running?
Any tips on how to keep your love for the sport alive for years to come?
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