This week’s blog topic is on always trying to run your personal best times and how not to worry about it when you don’t always hit those targets. When you frequently or infrequently run you usually get a good sense of how fast you can run and your average timings, right?
So say you set out to run a mile, a 5k, 10k etc.. the list goes on, if you run fairly frequently you are going to know your average times of how fast you can run a km or mile. When you finish the run and you check the clock and see that you didn’t hit your usual running time or you felt really sluggish and slow it can make you feel demotivated.
Just last week I ran a 5k and really was tired, sluggish and slow. I was so disappointed when I didn’t hit my usually pace and ended up doing it a lot slower than I have my previous times. Does this sound familiar? Has this happened to you before? Well I am here to help with my 5 top tips of how to not be down when you don’t hit your usual running times.
Tip number 1 – Embrace it – okay so this isn’t your fastest run but try to enjoy the views around you, listen to the sounds around you, take this as a slower paced run.
Tip number 2 – Take the next day as a rest – stretch and make sure your muscles have time to repair. This may be impacting your running longer term.
Tip number 3- Don’t pay attention to the mind games – it doesn’t mean that because you didn’t run as fast as normal this time that it sets the tone for all your runs going forward.
Tip number 4 – Change your attitude – don’t focus on what you haven’t achieved time wise and focus on the positives that you made it out and you are working on improving yourself – positivity is key.
Tip number 5 – Smile – know that your next run you are going to smash it – you can do it.
I hope this helps and if you have any other top tips please comment below.
Keep strong and push forwards. You got this.