Feeling stuck in your running routine? Here are 5 habits of veteran runners to help you stay motivated and improve your time.
I literally cannot tell you how many times I have been out running and another runner just blows by me. I’m not talking like jogs by, waves, and we share a Gatorade or something. I’m talking like the person is running so fast I almost look around for a bear.
Let’s be clear, I’m totally jealous of their beast mode. They can flat kick it into a gear that I’ve never known plus they don’t ever seem to have to take a recovery walk. This got me thinking, what makes these runners so successful?
Taking it a step further, what defines a successful runner? I 100% believe the definition of success differs from runner to runner. Before you hop into these 5 habits, first set a goal for yourself, whatever it looks like; my suggestion is to sign up for a race. It gives you a deadline and deadlines really help when trying to form new habits. Head over to my other post Do’s and Don’ts for Running your first Half Marathon should you decide to take the plunge into distance running.
I’ve talked to veteran runners; asked questions and watched their methods which has rendered me this list.
So! Here we go. 5 Habits of successful runners:
They plan their runs
There’s much debate on who said “If you fail to plan, you’re planning to fail” some say it was Winston Churchill some said Ben Franklin. Either way, that is the first habit of a highly successful runner. They make a plan and they work it. Here’s what I mean: Remember the 3 D’s: Days, Distance, Direction. They plan the days of their runs, they plan the distance (how far) and they plan the direction (or route) of their run. Having this plan in place helps you reach your goal(s) for running that you’ve outline for yourself! Pro Tip- when planning your route, make sure you know the approximate (pretty close to exact) mileage of that route. Otherwise, you might possibly reach your goal three miles away from your car. Which may not sound very far, but when you’ve already gone 7 and you weren’t PLANNING on 10, those 3 miles are a long way. Been there, done that.
Successful runners plan their diet
Ohhhhhhhh the diet. Let’s remember that diet means what you eat, not “I’m going on a diet”. Crash dieting does not work, healthy eating is a lifestyle. Successful runners eat good lean protein, good fats (i.e. avocado and nuts) and complex carbs to give them the energy they need to keep moving through their runs. You will definitely have to find what works best for you and your training routine; but if you need some tips on how to get started, head over to my other postHealthy Eating Taboos to be Broken
They have good shoes
When you run, no matter the distance, your feet take quite a beating. Having durable, high quality shoes will really make a difference in your run. The veteran runners that I have spoken with (this includes myself) use Brooks Running Shoes. They are awesome, lightweight, and there are different styles depending on your unique need as a runner. Click here to head over to Amazon to check out Brooks Running Shoes or click the picture below for my favorite pair, Brooks Pureflow 6.
Successful runners have quality run clothes
Quality run clothes is another big one. Just like basketball and baseball teams have uniforms made of good quality material, runners have clothes that are made especially for them. Each runner has a preference for what they like to wear. There is a clothing brand that I partner with called Just Gym and they have some great clothes at an affordable price! You can use code AGPoundPavement to get a discount! Click here to head over to Just Gym. (I suggest ordering a size up from your normal size for a looser fit! 🙂 ) Okay so I’m coming back into this post to edit because Just Gym has some great yoga pants for women that are super comfy and they’re a little bit thicker so A. you’re not seeing your underwear or your bum bum through your pants and B. with the weather getting cooler, it’ll keep you nice and toasty!
They hydrate before, during and after runs
Hydration is huge. When you run, you sweat profusely which if not handled properly will deplete your body of the necessary water it needs! Prepare for your runs by making sure that you properly hydrate yourself. Something that I do is I have a favorite cup that I drink my water out of throughout the day. I also spice things up a bit and add lemon or fruit to my water to give it some extra flavor. Having sufficient water during your run is essential as well, if you’re part of a training group typically they will have water stations set up throughout the course. If not, you may either have to carry your water with you, or you can place it along the route. Please remember to pick up your trash as littering just doesn’t workout for anyone!
There you have it. Straight from the veteran runner’s mouths of what helps make them successful.