5. The Power of Consistency

Are you someone that often is committed to exercise for a portion of the year and then have another portion of the year (like right now) that things fall apart?

This period of reduced or no activity can itself be the difference for many in plateauing or continuing to make progress year after year.

Many runners will focus on โ€œbuilding their baseโ€ before they start structured training. This typically results in just a few weeks of base building at most for many runners. Worse, some just start training on day 1 of a race training schedule and engage in little to no consistent base running beforehand. Are you one of these runners?

Imagine if youโ€™re thinking of running a fall marathon next year and instead of thinking that itโ€™s 9+ months away and not doing anything specific to prepare, you instead started building a running base consistently. Do you think that would have an impact on your structured training and achieving more than you thought possible?

Consistency is the most common thread I see as a running coach among those that achieve their running goals and even surprise themselves compared to those that donโ€™t progress as well.

Even a few months of easy, conversational paced running over the winter will pay big dividends come Spring and starting formal training for your next race. You wonโ€™t spend half of a training cycle or more trying to get back into shape. Youโ€™ll already be in shape. You will be able to focus on getting faster.

You will also be more resilient to injury as your body will have adapted to having been training for a long period of time โ€“ rather than adapting as you quickly try to build up mileage once again. Easy, conversational paced running is some of the most effective running you can do to improve your fitness for both running or any other aerobic activity.

Itโ€™s so effective, even elite athletes devote 80% of their training to easy efforts in a formal training cycle!

The only thing you need to do is show up โ€“ consistently, all year.

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