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How To Start To Run – Step 2 – The Habit


How To Start To Run!

My mentor, Anthony Robbins, hits it right on the spot. Do something for 90 days and it becomes a habit. Well, do you want to know how to start to run? We have established earlier that first, it is crucial to make a decision to start to run. Now, make running a habit. From day one commit to 3-4 times per week, during which you will go out for a run. At the beginning, the sessions will be shorter, gradually increasing but nevertheless, you will need to commit minimum 3 days a week to the activity. Why?

Running Is Like Eating

Would you be able to survive, only being able to eat once a week? Highly unlikely. How To Start To RunWill you benefit from running, going out there once a week to do so? Very little. It will be like starting from scratch each week. What’s worse, you will see very little progress over a long period of time, which in itself is very off-putting and demotivating. Running 4 times a week will build a stronger sense of need and eventually, a habit. Once running becomes a habit, you will be more likely to stick with it in the long term. You don’t need to be out there running 7 days a week, even a healthy body should have a day fast each week, to clear out the toxins and regenerate.

Keep To Short Breaks

One of the top tips when it comes to how to start to run is to have short breaks from running. This means 1 to 2 days off. How To Start To Run3 days being the maximum. Once you go past 3 days, it is very difficult to get back into the rhythm and I find that most people either do not return to running after a longer break, or take very long to reach their previous level. Compare running to working. If you have a weekend off work, usually, this is enough to be refreshed and ready to go back on Monday. And then, a long weekend comes along. How do you feel, when you need to go back to work after 3 days off? Not very keen on doing so? Many people take the next day off as well and struggle the whole week to adjust. See how taking longs breaks can have a negative impact?

How To Start To Run – The Habit

Our first step in discovering how to start to run was to pinpoint our WHY? To make the decision to run. Step 2 is all about commitment. In turn, this commitment will help us turn running into a habit. Stick to the plan of running 3 – 4 times per week and after 90 days, you will find it difficult not to do so. It will become second nature. Decision, habit, technique. These will be the key factors which will impact your running career. They are the fundamentals of how to start to run. Keep reading the next section, where we will start on the proper technique. I await your comments on the topic of making running a habit. I want to hear from those who started running and have been running for years as well as those, who have made many attempts at running, yet failed each time.

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  1. Deby at Blogging for Beginners says

    Interesting article. I’ve just started, Day 3 for me. I’ve never thought about taking days off, simply because I’m worried if I stop, I might not start again. I’ll be honest, I’m not enjoying it, and am actually running very little of my short course so far. Maybe Day 4 I can simply walk the course at a brisk pace and then go back to running for 3 days, then another walking day etc. Would this work OK do you think or do I need a day of no exercise to allow muscles to recover completely? I’d value your advice.

    • Marek
      Marek says

      One key thing I find with most runners is their tempo. Try to slow things down, even if the running tempo is no quicker than a fast walk. You will enjoy the experience more and feel more energised at the end, which will in turn keep you coming back for more…

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