Yesterday’s track session with Nike Run Club saw us complete 24 x 200m fast runs. As I stepped onto the track I was dreading every minute of it as I inched towards the track. 24 X 200m meters sounded like a mountain that I couldn’t climb and didn’t want to climb. But as our legs started to tick over it became a easier because my attitude towards the run had changed. When I usually step on the track I feel alive, like an athlete walking towards glory. But last night was different, I had a long day at work and I had to make the conscious effort to regain my positive running attitude in order to absolutely annihilate every meter.
If you struggle to run due to a lack of focus, enjoyment and simply can’t get your head in the game, here are a few tips to help you on your running journey. Whether it’s a 100m sprint or a 26.6 mile run, having a positive running attitude could be the difference between crossing the finish line with a smile on your face and not finishing at all.
Break Down the Run
One of the reasons why I was able to get through the 24 x 200m runs is because I made the run relatable to my running pattern. I’m not used to running 24 x 200m but I know that I can run 4.8km with ease, which is exactly what we did. If you are running a Marathon, see it as two half marathons or if you’re running a 50 minute 10km, see it as 5 sets of 10 minute runs. Breaking down your runs makes it a lot easier to stomach and you’ll find yourself reaching the finish line a lot quicker than you expected.
Listen to Music
Move with the beat. Music powers all of my workouts and it is one of my running essentials. I can’t run and won’t run without it. Although track is the only exception. I mean, I could run with music but it’s a little bit antisocial, I run with Nike Run Club, and due to the speed that I run at my headphones spend more time dangling in front of my body than in my ears. If you can run with headphones, create a music playlist that helps you every step of the way. If I need a new playlist to inspire my run, I turn to Spotify and use the running feature. It detects your speed and feeds you songs based on your tempo.
Find a running partner
Having someone to chop and change a few miles or meters with makes all the difference. When you want to stop, they will give you the strength to carry on and in turn you will do the same. I am lucky to be able to run with Nike Run Club which means every time I step on the track, I achieve my very best…even if I’m not feeling my best. If you don’t have a running club in area, ask you friends and if they don’t want to run with you, try social media. Instagram is a great place to meet likeminded people and running becomes a lot easier when you have someone to do it with.
Check the weather
I won’t set out for a run if it’s raining and I can count on my hands the amount of times that I have been caught out in a down poor. Running in the wind and rain isn’t fun, so I avoid it at all costs. Sometimes it means getting up earlier than usual but I know that the rain will ruin my positive running attitude so I avoid it at all costs! Check Met Weather (always Met Weather, never Iphone) before you set off to ensure that Mother Nature doesn’t get in the way of you achieving your personal best.
Dress the part
Never underestimate the power of a good pair of running shoes. Not only will they improve your running, they will also reduce your risk of injury. If you haven’t already, get your gait tested and buy a pair of shoes based on the type of runner that you are. I run in Nike Free Run Motion’s, they are so comfortable and look good too.
I hope these tips help you on your running journey. Sometimes it just doesn’t work out and you know what? That’s ok. It’s really ok. Not every day is going to be a good run day but don’t worry because you’ll have some amazing days too.
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