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.
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.
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?