Maybe you’re someone who has used lockdown to get into running and it’s sort of working okay. Or maybe you’re someone who has always been into running, but the sudden influx of peoples 5km run times on your social media feed is all getting a bit much.
As positive as it is to strive for greatness and constant improvement, getting too competitive with others can be detrimental in different ways. Everyone posting how fast they can run might be inspiring and motivational, but it can also put the pressure on. I am here to remind you that the numbers are not everything. It is not all about the pacing splits, the distance or the speed. It is also just as much about the feeling and the movement. Join the social media challenges, push yourself but avoid the obsession.
Here a 5 simple tips to help you enjoy your running more…
DITCH THE TRACKER
If you are tracking all of your runs and feeling downhearted after a good run just because you didn’t hit a PB or your app says your second KM wasn’t as fast as the rest, it is time to turn it off. I always suggest running once a week just based on feeling. No tracking, just get out and run until you feel like you have run enough. You might end up like Forrest Gump and running across the country. If you feel particularly hooked on the numbers, maybe you need to ditch the tracker for a bit longer.
THE PERFECT PLAYLIST
It really can be that simple, whether you find one you love or make it yourself, music can make a run so much more enjoyable. If every track gets you pumped, you will get lost in the music, it will spur on thinking and feeling and that is just another benefit of running. I like a mixture of tracks that make me feel positive, strong, happy, euphoric or just songs that bring back good memories. The run will be over before you know it.
FIND A NEW ROUTE
If you normally turn right and the end of your road, why not turn left? Running the same route can get pretty boring if you are doing it multiple times a week. Mix it up, run a different way and explore. You will not only feel fresh but you will notice things you haven’t before and who knows, you might even find a new coffee shop. Double win.
GET A RUNNING BUDDY
If you can convince your flat mate, brother or even your dog that running is a good idea it might keep you in the game more knowing that you are in it together. You can chat as you go and the time will fly by. If you have no chance of finding a running buddy that you live with during lockdown then get yourself a virtual running buddy. Find a friend who is up for it and agree to set off at the same time and then you can catch up after about how you feel, the songs that pushed you through and feel positive together. It is surprising what accountability can do. If all else fails, there are many audio runs on Rebel TV. You will find long runs and interval runs on there guided by some of your favourite Rebel trainers.
FIND YOUR OWN THING
There is so many ways to do it, even the tips above are just four things that have personally helped me, but everyone is different so go with whatever feels best. Run with music, run without or with a podcast. Run on the pavement, trail run or on a beach, whatever inspires you. Run in the morning, run at lunchtime or in the evening. Find what works and find the things that make you look forward to your next run. If you dread it, you will quit.
Hopefully these tips can help you lose the pressure without losing the motivation.
PS. Don’t forget to reward yourself for the hard work!
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