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3 Recommendations for Fitting Running into Your Life

By on 06/12/2013 in Running

3 Recommendations for Fitting Running into Your Life

Fitting Running into Your Life

Fitting running into your life can mean getting up early, pepper shorts and all!

Fitting running into your life, such as training for a marathon, is a commitment. It is one which many find more difficult as the season progresses. Every marathon runner – charity runners, new endurance runners, yes, even experienced marathoners who’ve done this before – will reach a point where balancing training and life commitments is difficult – maybe seemingly impossible. Life happens. If things crop up that interrupt training, use these three techniques to get back on track.

1. Avoid the “health club syndrome.” During the first three weeks of January, health clubs are booming with those fulfilling New Year’s Resolutions; by February, many are injured or burned out. Likewise, when many runners start a marathon training program, they are too gung-ho – running too hard, increasing mileage or the intensity level of training too quickly. Instead, successful training follows a natural progression. Build a strong base; start training slowly, with relatively low mileage and increase mileage no more than 10 percent a week. Remember adequate rest and recovery is critical to your training program.

2. Focus on the finish line. Have a long-term goal. Make it a S.M.A.R.T. goal, that is “Specific, Measurable, Achievable and Realistic within a Timeframe,” Have intermittent, short-term goals to measure your progress, as well. Many runners maintain motivation by running for a charity, like one of the many charity partners I work with and reference on my website. Running for a charity helps the runners achieve athletic and fitness goals for themselves while making a difference in the lives of those in need. I’ve found that these runners identify with the mission of the selected charity and are able to use the altruism to motivate themselves to persevere when training gets tough.

3: Reset your goals. Reviewing and resetting short-term goals every four to five weeks helps us stay on track or identify other goals. If you get sidetracked, establish modest goals for the next week, 30 days, 60 days, and 90 days. Keep these goals flexible, knowing that if you progress really well, your goals may be incrementally increased.

Are you ready to fit running into your life? If you are ready to get back on track, consider training for a 5K or a 10K with my downloadable training schedules. I have five levels for each race, so there is something for most runners. Even if you are a beginning runner whose weekly mileage is less than 5 miles per week and whose long run is less than 2 miles, there is a program that fits. There are also programs for those whose weekly mileage is greater than 25 miles per week, with a long run at least 5 miles, and who have previously run speed work as part of their training. It is time to recommit. And remember, good form will carry you through℠!

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