Are you new to running or haven’t ran in a while? Do you feel in a bit of a slump as far as your running goes? I wouldn’t exactly say I run, it’s more of a jog. After I weight train I always go for a jog around the block, it’s about a mile in total but it just finishes off my routine perfectly.
Those of you that have read my blog will know that I’ve recently signed up to a weekly 5k run. It’s a not for profit organisation that helps to organise free weekly timed 5km runs around the country. These take place every Saturday morning and it’s also really helping with my training routine. Our times at the moment are ok but there’s room for improvement.
Back to the article, ways to help improve your running in four easy steps. Do you ever feel you’re dragging yourself outside to run? Or maybe your times are getting worse rather than better? Follow these four simple steps and we’ll help you get back on track and improve your running performance.
1. Join a running club
If you aren’t already a member of a club you should consider joining one. Motivation is a massive thing for me and running with others is a great way to keep you motivated. You can also learn a lot about running from some of the more experienced runners in the club. I’m not in a running club but I do go running with friends.
2. Set some running goals
Why do you run? Is it just for regular exercise, get or stay in shape or to lose weight? Are you running an event like a marathon soon? Setting specific goals for a weekly or monthly target will also help you stay motivated.
3. Look in your fridge
For those of you that are running to lose weight and are not seeing the results you should be. How many times have you heard the phrase ‘you are what you eat?’. Well it’s true and your diet may well be affecting all the hard work you’re putting in at the gym or out on the track. If you want to see some real and deserved results then take a quick look in your fridge.
4. Track your runs in a log
If you don’t know where you are at, how will you know where you’re going? If you record your runs, this gives you something to compare and you may be surprised at how much progress you’ve already made. I’m currently using a Nike+ SportBand and it provides excellent motivation for me. It tracks my time, pace and calories from every run. If you’re not tracking your runs in a log, then give it a try.
All the best folks and please keep us posted about your results!