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Today’s word is CONSISTENT.
I am NOT consistent with strength training, stretching, planking, yoga, going to the gym, bike riding, etc… In fact, running is my one consistent activity.
However, that wasn’t always the case.
When I first started running in 2008, I was NOT consistent. I ran whenever I had the time. I ran 1 – 1 1/2 miles and then I ran a 5k on the weekend. I didn’t run between October and March because it was too cold.
I only ran 5ks and I wasn’t horrible but I didn’t really improve until I ran more consistently.
That started in 2010 when I decided to train for a half marathon.
I ran a half marathon or 5… but other good things happened too. I got faster in my short races!!
Running at 3 times a week with a long run on the weekend for me was the consistency that I need to be a better runner.
I started winning age group awards and I even ran a 5k under 28 minutes in Nov 2010.
Of course, 2011, 2012 and 2013 were years filled with injuries. It is hard to be consistent when you are injured.
It is easy to give up when things gets tough. Especially after those awful runs and disappointing races or when you have one injury after another.
Thankfully, I have been injury-free for the last few years. I have been running consistently. I think I have had more good runs than bad and more successful races than not.
I have also realized that as you age, consistency is even more important. And I won’t get results if I don’t put in the time.
Happy Running! How is consistency important to your running?