Tuesdays on the Run: What word would describe your running lately?

by lachicaruns on

Consistent.

That’s really the best word I can use to describe my running lately … and the best word to use when describing a successful training plan, no?

I’m once again linking up with runner bloggers MCM Mama Runs, My No Guilt Life and Marcia’s Healthy Slice for this week’s Tuesdays on the Run link-up. If you haven’t already, take the time to stop by their blogs and find others to visit. But come back, please, because I’ll get lonely.

My friends are a big reason why I remain consistent with my training.

My friends are a big reason why I remain consistent with my training.

As for consistency, here are some things that have helped me stay consistent with my running and training:

  • Scratching off a goal. I’ve traditionally used a Hal Higdon half-marathon and full-marathon training plan and the best way to stay consistent has been to print off the plan and put it on my fridge. Knowing that I get to scratch off each run or workout is part of the appeal. Type A personality much?
  • Amigos. Knowing that my friends are waiting for me to show up also helps me get my butt in gear when I would much rather turn off my alarm and go back to sleep. After all, I don’t really want to disturb the cat sleeping on my legs.
  • Blogging. I love reading about others’ running exploits for inspiration and often will go read a friends’ blog, check their Instagram account or log in to Twitter to find it. I also need material for my blog, so there’s that.
  • Life goals. Don’t want to get overly dramatic, but diabetes runs in my family and one of my goals is to avoid it at all costs. Being active and healthy also will allow me to live long enough to see my kids’ children grow up. And you know what they say about paybacks.
  • Bag of tricks. When all else fails, I trick myself to be consistent. I may bribe myself with a small treat like chocolate milk, promise myself that I’ll go to bed extra early that evening (sometimes I even do) or even buy myself some running gear that I know I won’t want to wait to try.
I recently ordered the Skirt Sports Happy Girl in the Psyched pattern as a reward for being consistent with my training. OK, as a bribe.

I recently ordered the Skirt Sports Happy Girl in the Psyched pattern as a reward for being consistent with my training. OK, as a bribe.

A big part of why I’m consistent, though, is wanting to finish what I start. I am not a quitter and I rely on my training to get me through my long runs or races.

How about you, what helps you be consistent in your running? What word describes your running these days?

Written by: lachicaruns

My name is Gisgie. It’s pronounced geese (like the birds) and gee (like the letter). Now that we’ve met, I’m glad you’re here. I’m an injury-prone runner who manages to find reasons to keep coming back to the road despite ongoing challenges. Most recently, I’ve struggled with piriformis syndrome. I’m currently winning. Most days.

17 Comments

Marcia

All great aids to consistency for sure. I too have that added motivator of family diabetes hanging over my head. That one definitely keeps me moving. Thanks for linking up.

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lachicaruns

Thanks for hosting and encouraging us all, Marcia.

As for diabetes, I am considering following a diabetic diet more often, since it’s basically healthy eating and would mean I would eat more fruits and veggies (which I absolutely need to do). I followed it when I was pregnant with my two oldest and it was very do-able.

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Judy @ Chocolaterunsjudy

Funny, I just wrote on Darlene’s blog that if I had had my schedule right, I would’ve picked consistent as my word, too.

Last year I couldn’t be very consistent in running, due to travel, sickness, and family stuff. This year there’s been much less drama, much nicer weather (despite the snow on the ground today forcing me onto the treadmill), and I’ve been very, very consistent.

I hope there’s a payoff from that in my spring half!

I most definitely use a treat waiting for me at the end of a run to motivate me. Most of the times they’re healthy treats to help in my recovery — like my protein balls today — sometimes it’s something more decadent.

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lachicaruns

I saw your post and I really enjoyed it. Lots of great tips and advice, especially for new runners. So, readers, when you’re done here, go see ChocolateRunsJudy.wordpress.com!

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Michelle @ Lively Chicken

I can relate to so much of this – I’m also one for posting the calendar on the fridge and scratching off each workout! And I’ve also used the excuse of my cat being asleep on top of me as a reason not to get up and run! But being consistent is definitely key to being successful with running. Great post!

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Ana

Consistency is a great word! putting runs and work outs on my calendar keeps me consistent with training! and I freak out if I can’t follow my plans!

that is a very cute skirt!

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lachicaruns

Thanks for stopping by, Ana. I get some sort of weird rush from scratching off something from my list. Keeping it on the fridge has kept it in my face, too, since runger keeps me going back to the kitchen constantly. Ha!

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Patty

Great word- and a great reminder of why my running is off the rails lately. I’ve slacked in my planning and list making. That helps me stay consistent- and that helps me be a better runner. Thanks for the GREAT reminder.

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vicki

Consistency is key! I totally have to bribe myself sometimes if I’m just not “feeling” it that day.

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lachicaruns

It’s amazing how some new gear puts a spring in my step, too. Thankfully, I have a package coming from Skirt Sports any day now. Phew!

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MCM Mama

Go you! I am far from consistent these days. Maybe if I made myself run before I order a new skirt… LOL

You are doing great! Keep up the awesome work.

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lachicaruns

Aw, chucks. Thanks. And I just got my latest order in the mail yesterday. Tough Girl Skirt because it’s still super cold in the Michigan tundra. Sigh.

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