Even if you’ve been running for years, you’ll still have days where your pace is off, your speed is much slower than your personal best, and your gait is just awkward. These days your breath will be irregular and you’ll hit your wall sooner. Whether you’re new to running or a pro, this is the reality that hits all runners at some point.
Whether you’re fast or slow, training for your first marathon, or just trying to stay in shape and get some exercise, the fact is that every run isn’t going to be your personal best and each workout won’t be easy. In fact, most days it will be hard. Hard to get up early, hard to run in bad weather, and hard on your body – expect everything from sore knees to leg cramps.
But, if you’re determined, or stubborn (or both), and dedicated to your health then these 13 tips will help make your run a better each time you lace up and head out.
Get into a Routine
They say it takes 21 days to form a new habit (or break an old one), so until running is a habit instead of a chore, try to add it to your schedule. If it appears on your calendar, then you’re more likely to do it.
Block off at least an hour from your work and family obligations and put yourself first for once – going for a run is good for your mind, soul and body, so give yourself permission to schedule it into your life.