You know how it goes. You decide to start running, you make the commitment, you run for a week, two weeks, or even a month or so, then next thing you know it’s been two months since you laced up your shoes. This isn’t the only time it’s happened, you want to be a runner, but you just can’t seem to make the habit stick. Here are my tips for getting running to be a routine.
- Run with your dog. If you have a high energy dog, chances are they will love it, and want more. Committing to run with your dog means that you have someone counting on you. Of course, this only works if you have a dog.
- Put it on your calendar. If you get that alert and email on your phone, it’s harder to let your run slide.
- Try running farther. It’s counterintuitive, I know, but I didn’t get hooked until I ran longer distances. I suspect it’s because of the endocannabinoids, but once I got that runner’s high, there was no going back.
- Find a human running buddy. Again, instant accountability. If your friend is counting on you to get out of bed on a Saturday morning, you won’t oversleep and ditch her.
- Sign up for a Race. You paid money, you’re committed; now train.
- Join a running group. Almost every area has one. If you don’t know where to find one, ask at a local running store or check their website.
- Download a training app. Again, reminders, accountability. The Couch to 5k is a popular app, but there are many others to choose from.
- Just Do It. Decide and commit, keep deciding, and keep committing. It’s not easy, if it was, everyone would be doing it.
Running has come and gone in my life many times throughout the years, so I understand where you’re coming from. But believe me, if you commit, and keep running, you won’t regret it. And if you’re a Pokemon addict like me, you will seriously improve your game!