Run for Fun!

When training for a 5K, it is common to focus only on your pace and the distance you are running. If you have a certain goal, you may be trying to hit certain times at different points in your training, and you may feel as though you have to stick to your schedule. There is nothing wrong with this, and it is important to stick to a schedule and set goals for yourself throughout your training, but sometimes we get so caught up in training that we forget the reasons we are doing it in the first place.

If you only work off of pace and distance, you may run the risk of burning out, or just getting sick and tired of being on a such a strict regimen. If you never focus on time and pace, it will be harder to reach your goals and evaluate your training. For this reason, it is important to find a balance between strict training and having fun. Once in a while, running will become more stressful than stress relieving for me, and there are a few things that I do to combat this.

I generally run with a Garmin watch, which is great for recording my time and pace, and it collects the data from all my runs and puts it in one place. It is really helpful to keep track of my mileage and pacing. However, I sometimes find that I focus too much on the exact pace and distance that I am running. I may look at my watch and feel disappointed when I am not hitting a certain pace. Sometimes it helps me to leave my watch at home, and just run based off of how I am feeling, and not worry about how long it takes me or how fast I am going. I also tend to map out my runs before I leave my house so I know how long my route is and where I am going. If you are starting to feel burned out, just go for a random run, turning whenever you feel like it, and stopping when you are ready to be done. Taking away the structure of training once in a while can help you to feel refreshed and appreciate your ability to go outside and run and appreciate the fresh air. You will start to notice how far you have come in your training, and you will definitely remember your reasons for running. I have previously suggested that you take your dog with you, or run with a friend to mix things up. Doing these simple things once in a while will help you to refresh your training, and remind you of all of the great things about running.

Training for a race can be exhausting and at times, stressful. It is important to always remind yourself of the reasons you are doing it in the first place. Running is a great way to get away from the stress of everyday life, and a way to enjoy the beautiful outdoors. Sometimes, all you need to remember these things is a break from the structure of a training schedule. It definitely will not hurt your training to take a relaxed day, and it will help you to feel refreshed in your training!

Don’t be afraid to run like Phoebe once in a while!

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