Before I started running, I thought of runners as self-driven, ambitious people. People who are determined and motivated. Basically, a different species than me.
And I just didn’t see the fun in running.
I started running for real last week. I didn’t have a plan before that. I would run maybe two times a week and walk/run around the track without keeping score of my improvement. The fun in running is seeing improvement.
I was sloppy before and my sloppiness brought down my energy level to the point where I had none to spare. An important tip when you’re a beginner is to streamline yourself. To have a written plan.
I made a calendar that tracks my progress for 8 weeks.
There is a run plan at the start of every week that is slightly harder than the week before. I’m on week two. Walk 5, jog 2.
I check off the days that I run with a green marker. Having to check off a calendar day gives me just the amount of push I need to get my lazy bones outside.
Another thing that helps me is using a stop watch.
Some people are better at running to a benchmark, a visual landmark to track the distance they run. Next time they go run, they try for a landmark a little bit further down the road.
For me, since I have very little lung capacity (I smoke), seeing that benchmark in the far off distance discourages me. For some reason, knowing the exact minutes that I need to run helps me tremendously. It’s less to think about. Streamlining your thoughts while running also helps.