Why is it so bloody hard to master?
Say, for example, you are trying to run every single week in the month of February.
You go out and run on Tuesday, then Wednesday and then again on Thursday.
Friday you are tired so you give yourself a day off.
Then on the weekend, you get to be lazy because you feel now you've built a good running consistency...
So now you've got lots of energy to go full force on Monday and try to keep up the consistency in running.
This is good!
*(Two things can happen in your mind here.) ~
- You're happy you did your 3 days last week and want to keep the momentum and decide to plan days with breaks between runs. (This is a good thing!)
- Or, you're a bit angry with yourself because you thought in your mind 3 days were too easy, so you push yourself to run more! (Not good, your ego is already setting you up for a failure... Don't listen.)
If you experienced the second thought, your running might look somewhat like this.
The next week you run every day except for Sunday.
(Now you are truly tired and overworked, it won't look pretty from here.) While You are still in the over-the-moon stage and an absolute trooper at that. You decide to run full force and do a lot of mileage one day!
Consistency Running ~ Uh oh...
After ... The next week you get lazy.
But, You're still really proud of yourself! ( You should be, that's a big feat!)
You get lazy, really lazy because you ran soo much.
You feel stiff and tired and still, believe you need time off. ( And you do!)
It eventually turns into too many days off.
A week goes by and you don't run.
Two weeks go by and you have to start all over again because you lost your momentum.
A very familiar story...
Consistency Running ~Do you get what I'm saying?
Look how hard it is to keep the consistency with these three mistakes ...
- The first mistake is scrunching all the days together in your first week and not giving yourself a break between each day. When you give yourself a break, the consistency for running doesn't feel so overwhelming.
- The second mistake is running more than 3 days a week. If you are used to running these days consistently then it's ok to add more. But... if you are not, it's going to be a big change for you committing to this. Again it will feel too overwhelming.
- The third mistake is taking too many days off from the last run. This is a biggy in failing to build consistency.
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- Give yourself 1 to 3 break days in between runs.
- Run Only 3 days.
- Do not leave more than 3 days off between runs.