It can be hard to stay consistent with running. It seems like the moment our lives get busy, its easy to give way to our running. When that happens you have to hold on to your running even more!
Diary of a Running Chick: April 10th, 2017
It’s been two weeks since I’ve been able to run. I definitely miss it, but it’s only been two weeks since I had my baby and I know I need to give my body more time. The one thing I’ve done though is to get myself outside and walking. It’s the best way I know how to keep myself consistent and hold myself accountable on my running journey.
Holding myself accountable has truly helped me stay consistent with running. I’ve met a lot of people who want to get into running and it’s always their goal. It seems like they’re always making this goal and never truly staying committed. That’s where accountability comes in. Right now I’m so itching to just go run, but I know that my body needs a little more time. Yet I refuse to do nothing. That is why I make sure I get out for some long walks. I’m still working my legs and getting moving.
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I can’t stress enough how you can’t get discouraged with running. If you do, you’re going to just end up stopping and starting. That’s the worst thing you can do. The more you run, the easier it gets. I always tell myself that and honestly, I’m preparing myself to retell myself that very soon. This is the longest I’ve gone without truly running in six years. I know it will be tough to start again, but that I will be fine. I know a lot of people who sometimes take a week off if they need a break and then they’re right back at it. I’ve never done that, but I feel like right now I’m taking one of those breaks. My body is still healing from the birth. I’m letting my stitches dissolve, and then hopefully in a week or so I’m going to get out there for some runs.
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When you’re getting consistent with your runs, make sure you don’t go too far too quickly. A really good goal that I set for myself when I started running was to easily run three miles. Once I was able to do that, I could up my miles quicker. Before I knew it, I was running four miles and then upping it to five and so on. Every time I’ve upped my miles since then, it was extremely easy. I like to up them just by going a half mile farther on my way out. You won’t notice the difference on the way out and you will have added a mile to your full loop! You will feel it the next day, but just go back to your previous loop and then set another day to do that longer run. The more you run it, the easier it will get, and you’ll be able to make that your standard loop! That is definitely what I’m going to do once I’m back running.
Staying consistent while running doesn’t have to be hard work, but it does take some planning. As long as you’re conscious of the work you’re putting in, the consistency will come! Just don’t get discouraged and stay honest with yourself. I know I am!
Mandi Mellen is Lead Editor, Staff Writer, and Featured Vlogger at BuzzChomp. She’s an actress, writer, and producer. Get lost in her youtube comedy channel PillowTalk TV. Follow her on Twitter, Facebook, Google+, or Instagram
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