Even if you feel as though you have reached your specific running goal or time, there is always more room to improve. Don’t let age, mental barriers, or other runners hinder your ability to further challenge yourself.
Adding an extra mile every two weeks or even going for an extra 5 mins is a small step to improve your physical health. Running an extra mile improves your distance running while also minimizing the possibility of an injury.
While this may be obvious for some, many runners skip out on stretching because it “wastes time.” Truth be told, this is the number one way to avoid a preventable injury such as pulling your hamstring or straining a muscle. Light stretching is absolutely essential when it comes to preparing for your run on a track, on light terrain, or on a treadmill.
Joining a community where members run in unison is a great way to meet other runners in the area while also being part of a fitness group in your town. This also can give runners motivation to better themselves with support from other team members or friends instead of going at it alone.
In addition to following the above three tips, every week or every other week try to challenge yourself in a different way. Running at a faster pace with the same distance goal allows you to work your heart rate up while pushing your body to perform in a different way. While this can be difficult for many sprinters who aren’t accustomed to long distance running, this tip could bring you to the next level.
Although improving your running routine is physically draining, mentally preparing for your faster run or longer distance job is also vital. Playing energetic music, listening to an inspirational podcast, or speaking with an encouraging loved one can offer the emotional support needed to motivate you.