Friday, October 28, 2011

Coach Yourself Running

You coach yourself running down the street, around the corner, up the block and tomorrow do it all over again.

Silently you tell yourself you can do it

Inconsistently you...Run again and take another week off, and another... and go back to running in no direction.You really believe in yourself, but you just can't seem to get there! To be a good coach and teach yourself well, you need direction.

Direction that has you veered towards a reasonable goal.
  • A plan to take you step by step.
  • You need to learn before you can coach yourself running.
  • You need to take action and do it right from what you have learned.

 Here are action steps to make it happen and motivate you to keep going.
  •  Aim to run at least an half hour or 5 Kilometers in 6 weeks and incorporate my learn to run program,  
  • Run gradually and treat yourself gently, preventing unwanted injuries to muscles and joints that are not used to moving.
  • Be consistent and run at least 3 days a week, keep moving forward so you don't have to start your running program all over again.
  • Plan your week by running the same time each running day.
  • Give yourself rest days in-between your runs, don't pair your days together without a rest day until at least 3 months of consistent running has been accomplished.
  • Don't always go out and push yourself, enjoy your surroundings and run at a comfortable pace. Really just take in the beauty of your environment and get fulfilled.
  • Know that some days are going to be hard.  Hard running and hard getting out there. Go for a walk first to get yourself in the mood.
  • Be patient with yourself...We are not all the same, some of us adapt to running faster than others.  Run at your own pace, because the older,  more overweight and out of shape you are the slower it takes your muscles to respond to exercise.
  • Give yourself walk or jog breaks when needed.
  • Try training runs to get going faster and longer - Interval, tempo and a long run are good at teaching you more experienced.
Learning how to run isn't tough, what's tough is trying to coach yourself and running in a direction to becoming a successful runner.

You may be interested in:
Why Do I Run So Slow?
Jago's 5K Program

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