The Marathon Series: Making it a Habit

Wednesday 29 October 2014 by

Welcome back to week three of my Marathon Series, as I blog my way to a marathon – from beginner to 26 miles. This week, we’re talking about habits.

It’s vital to make running part of your routine, otherwise you’ll just never keep going. It’s very easy to let life get in the way, and before you know it, you haven’t run in weeks and you have to start again. Here are some quick a simple ways to keep motivated and get in to the habit.

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Making it a Habit

Pick your run days

You don’t have to run every day. In fact, it’s preferable not to. Pick the days you’re going to run on and stick to them as best you can. If you miss the odd one here and there, make sure you make up for it on another day, but always keep in mind those Run Days you originally chose. Before you know it, it will be second nature to arrange things around them.

Pick your time of day

Some people run well in the morning, others in the evening. Sometimes, your commute, school run or work schedule dictates to you when you can run. Try running at different times of day at first to see what works best for you, then make sure you choose those times to run regularly. If you know you’re better at running in the morning (I am), you will find it much easier to motivate yourself and get out the door when you know you’ll have a good run. If you find it tough in the mornings, don’t even try. Running shouldn’t be a chore.

Share your runs

Much like I do on Instagram, share when you run. Holding yourself accountable makes it much easier – and more often than not you’ll find your friends, family and even followers on social media will be your own personal cheerleaders and spur you on.

Don’t beat yourself up

As I said before – sometimes, you just can’t help it and you will find yourself double booked on a Run Day. The trick is not to beat yourself up – don’t feel guilty and ruin whatever it is you’re doing. Just accept it, pick a different day to make up for it, or even just write that week off as a week when you’re one short on your runs (if you’re running three times a week, a twice-a-week once in a while is going to have no effect on your training). If you turn running in to something that ruins other stuff, or becomes a hassle, then you’ll never maintain it. It should be fun and fuss-free (as fuss free as running can be!)

Don’t forget to let me know how you’re getting on, using the hashtag #HoBFitness. And check back in a couple of weeks to find out the four rules of training.

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  1. Love this post! I am trying to start running, I say trying as I am pretty lame at it! I am using that couch to 5k app so I am a complete novice and didn’t realise how unfit I am!

    Gemma xx

    • Fran

      But it’s just as amazing when you realise how quickly you get fit… I hope you’re enjoying running anyway! I’ve heard many a good thing about the Couch to 5k app. x

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