Everyone has different goals for running, and your plan will depend on that goal… but here are some things that will make you a better all around runner.

  1. Increase weekly/ monthly distance – remember patience is key. It’s one of the things people do too quickly and can lead to injuries. Build slowly. If you are running 5K 3 times a week, get comfortable doing that for 3 or 4 weeks, then if you like you can add an extra 1K or 2K throughout the training (spread throughout your current runs) or on a new day.
  2. Embrace those recovery days – Hydrate, Stretch, use a foam roller. Sleep more, Eat a balanced range of food.
  3. Be consistent. Consistency is the key to progress. Make running a regular part of your schedule, not just a ‘once in a while’.
  4. Run your ‘slow days’ slower and ‘fast days’ faster. Most people usually run their easy runs too fast and their hard runs too slow. Make sure if you have set a hard session for yourself to really give it some. The easy days should feel easy and you should be able to have a conversation while running.
  5. Hit the track. Speed work is one of the things that will make you a better runner. Get out for some intervals and get those legs turning over at a quicker rate!

Don’t worry though, running is like a river, sometimes it will feel smooth and easy and other times you will be going against the tide and it will feel super hard. Acknowledge it, accept it, enjoy the process and the joy that is running.

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