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Running Dad Diaries: Consistency is Key

Consistency is key when it comes to running, and we’re twelve days into 2019 and, at the time of writing this update, I have been out for a run 8 times. This includes the previous 5 days in a row and I will be going out later today. I believe this is what is known as consistency.

The fact is I have struggled with consistency for a while. My will power to get up on the dark winter mornings hasn’t been there and I have succumbed to every possible excuse my mind can come up with for not getting out for a run. The mornings are the problem though, and that needed to change.

I don’t make new years resolutions but I did make myself a promise that I would try harder to get up in a morning. It’s tough though. When that alarm goes off at 5.45am, it’s dark, you can hear the wind and sometimes the rain – you just don’t want to get up.

For the past 5 mornings, I have managed it and I feel great about it. I may only be running about 5km each morning at the moment but it’s the consistency I am looking for. I need to build up my stamina and strength again after allowing it to falter. I even managed to do some Fartlek intervals on one outing this week.

Consistency is Key

If you want to be a runner, and you want to be good at it then consistency is key. In fact, you could really apply this principle to anything.

Running everyday is a great habit to get into, but it’s also tough. Ideally you do need a rest day each week, but once I’ve got a streak going I hate breaking it. Now I’ve hit five days I won’t want to take a break, so I shall try and do an much easier day and count that as a rest.

Making running a habit is good for you. Not just for your physical health, but also for your mental health. It’s a release for me to get out there and run off my issues. I can collect my thoughts or simply forget about everything for a little while.

Here’s to me finding that consistency.

My runs so far this year

So, I use a TomTom Multisport watch for my running, but thankfully this automatically updates my Strava. If you want to follow me on Strava you can find me here.

Thanks for reading.

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