Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Consistency is Key

I've been running pain-free for a few days now and I love it! But, I found myself discouraged last Saturday when I did my run on the treadmill because after 50-degree weather it decided to snow again,  and I was having the hardest time running for more than 20 minutes. I was feeling worn out by the 15-minute mark and my goal was to run for 30 minutes total.  So I got myself past the 20-minute mark and reluctantly turned the treadmill off because the motivation to keep going was definitely not there.

Then I started thinking about how awesome my training was last year. Training for the half marathon and running it, I felt so good and strong and now I felt like it was just gone. I had to take the time off to heal from an injury and I lost a lot of my endurance that I had gained. That's totally normal. And I've been running long enough to know that this is a cycle, especially since I'm a runner who believes in taking a couple of months really easy or completely off from running to help my body get the rest and recovery it needs for the next race season. (And because I really don't like the cold).



But I tried not to let myself be too discouraged for a few reasons. First, this specific run could have just been an off day. I was hoping for a good outside run that would help my brain process life and let my body remember how to do a long run again, and this run was neither of those things. Also because I've taken things really easy with running and while I have kept myself conditioned enough to have a good start, it's going to take time and consistency to get back to where I was before.

Consistency is key in this situation. A lot of times when we feel this way or have this kind of thing happen, we feel so discouraged after a couple of hard runs and give up. But when we allow our body enough time to adjust, we start seeing the progress that we crave and that drives us to keep working.



Progress makes perfect, keep on trying, never give up...The thing that all of these sayings have in common is consistency. It's what lets our bodies learn how to make the changes it needs to in order to become better. It's what allows that change and helps us be ready to continue pushing ourselves and making other changes that are needed to achieve our goals.


Consistency in working out in general, consistency in the kinds of workouts we do, consistency in our training as a whole. It's how those changes are made. The one thing that guarantees you improvement in your fitness goals, is showing up every day and doing your best. If we don't consistently keep running, consistently keep working on our form, our pace, our goals, then we will always stay where we are. Nothing will ever change if we don't stay consistent in our training.

You might not see improvement all at once, but step by step, staying consistent will allow you to see a big difference in the future. Soon you won't be just running a mile. Soon you'll be running a mile at a time to finish at 3 miles or 5 miles or maybe even a whole marathon. If you stay consistent, that progress will happen.

When was the last time you had to give yourself a pep talk?

What is something you're really consistent in?


11 comments:

  1. Hey Jenny, I am so happy that you're running pain free! Running progress is so subtle it's easy to miss. I just got back from vacation so I was *only* able to run 4 miles yesterday instead of 6...at this time last year 4 miles was my normal workout. Every few months I notice that some element of running has gotten easier. Compared to every day, when I think hey that was hard, hey the weather was bad, hey this thing or the other thing didn't go right...the bad stuff about running is way more obvious.

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    1. I hope you had a great vacation! Soon I'll be running 4 miles, and more, again! I love that you are able to remember that all those elements have an effect on a run and you realize that a bad run is just a bad run. It doesn't mean you're not making progress. Thanks for sharing that!

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  2. Consistency is my main objective for this year. I may not be logging an insane amount of miles but I'm trying to make sure that I run 3-4 days a week.

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    1. Way to go! That's a really great focus for the year. I think everyone could use some time like that in a training cycle.

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  3. My biggest consistency thing (in my opinion LOL) is my commitment to early morning workouts. The majority of my runs are finished before 6:00 a.m. so I can get ready for work. On my non-running days, I do stairs, HIIT, or even a short power walk. I have found that early morning cardio ("fasted cardio") gives me a huge energy boost, which is great since I'm not a coffee-drinker ;-)

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    1. It does that for me too! I used to be only an evening runner, but we had some schedule changes a couple of years ago that made me need to start running in the mornings. And I've loved it more than I thought I would. Especially in the warmer months! I hate running in the cold haha. I also love that you're really good at doing at home workouts on you off days. I always have good intentions but a lot of the time I end up being lazy and not doing the at home workouts.

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  4. I have had many of the same feelings about my running lately. Some weeks it really clicks and sometimes it doesn't. Everyday is a new day and a different day have to just take what my body gives me that day

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  5. Girl, you are preaching to me! I was so inconsistent last year, and it really bit me in the behind. I am working on correcting that this year. Trying to find a way to make it happe no matter what!

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    1. Oh yay! I’m so glad it helped. Good job for starting again now.

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  6. Oh, I pep talk myself every day LOL! It's how I get through.

    So, I'm very consistent with my running. I stick to 3-4 days a week like glue and I crank out those miles like it's my job. I'm not necessarily faster or stronger or better, but I just can't let myself lose what I have worked so hard for.

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  7. I sign up for races. I know then I must get in the those runs each week or the race experience will suck.

    Also it helps to have someone else to run with. You can't bail if they are waiting for you.

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