Frustrated with running lately? Need to restore your running mojo? I’ve previously shared a few tips on how to get yourself out that door and go run (don’t think, watch a movie, think small), but today’s quick little tip is quite a bit different.
Here’s an excerpt from a Run & Thrive video where I reveal a little coaching secret!
Yes! That’s right. I intentionally give my running clients workouts that I know will be a little bit too hard for them to do it perfectly the first time. But then they’ll repeat that workout several times over the course of 4 to 6 weeks and we’ll see progress. It’ll get easier. And before you know it, a pace that was previously a challenge is now something they can regularly repeat.
It’s about adaptation.
Let me be clear: I don’t promote doing too much too soon and getting yourself injured or burned out. However, I do think many runners who want to get faster or run better can find themselves in a run slump because they never push their limits, and in turn are frustrated because of their lack of progress. A smart training plan challenges your body to adapt safely and steadily over time.
If you’re not forcing your body to adapt to run faster, then it won’t. Meeting up with a better runner for an easy mile or two is one way to force yourself out of your comfort zone, but it can be tough on your pride.
If that seems too daunting, try finishing the last minute or two of a run at a slightly faster pace than what you’ve been running. Try skipping your last walk break on a mid-week easy run and see if you can make it through to the end.In a run slump? Challenge yourself a little more! Watch this video. Click To Tweet
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Think about your physical lifestyle patterns of the past decade (e.g. time spent sitting vs exercising) and how your body has adapted to those positions and movements (e.g. what feels strong and what feels weak).
Now, think about your running and other active lifestyle goals. What kind of adaptations will your body need to make in order to be healthy and strong enough to accomplish those goals? How will you go about making your body adapt toward those goals?
If you want help finding a smart and safe way to start adapting toward your goals, contact me!