10 Ways That I’ve Changed My Running Habits For The Better Over The Last Year
Hello there cunts.
I’ve been thinking about how I’ve changed my running habits for the better over the past few years. Here’s a list of 10 of them.
- I don’t check my pace whilst I’m running anymore – I’ve no real interest in it. I run purely on feel. The only time I check my pace is at the end of the run on Strava and it’s always seriously underwhelming.
- I stop for traffic lights on busy roads – I used to follow a road until the traffic congestion cleared up and then cross it. Sometimes this would take me a mile off my original course. Stopping for me was cheating. To avoid waiting at traffic lights I used to run across busy roads just to keep running. If I stopped for too long I’d reset my watch and get really fucking angry #mentallyunstable
- I don’t punish myself with running anymore – When I was hungover I’d deliberately go on a long difficult run to try to make my body hurt for being so stupid.
- I’m not constantly trying to round up runs anymore – 9.99k just wouldn’t do in the past. I’d always have to round it up even if it involved me running in circles for a bit.
- I don’t bring any gels or food with me on the long run – Instead I bring my contactless credit card and stop for food whenever I need it in a store. I eat all the food before I start running again to help with any stomach issues. Jogging whilst trying to squirt those fucking energy gels down your head was an absolute fucking nightmare.
- I don’t eat all my expended calories as a reward especially on a long run – My old routine involved ordering a large pizza and some booze after a difficult run. I know now that this was simply harming my progress. I need to see progress with my weight and my body shape if I’m to feel at peace with myself. Peace does not come in pizza or Whiskey flavour. When I run far, I want to be rewarded with progress otherwise it just seems pointless.
- I cross the road if I see someone walking a dog without a lead – I used to thrive on confrontation. Now I know it’s not worth it. It’s better to just avoid all shit heads and get on peacefully with my day.
- I am no longer paranoid when I’m out running – No one gives a fuck about what I look like when I run. Everyone is too worried about what they look like. In the rare occasions that I do get abuse I just carry on and ignore them.
- I don’t check my Garmin watch every 30 seconds – Tonight I only checked my watch twice over the course of a 9km run. The run goes by so much faster when I’m not counting every single .00001 of a km. It’s mental torture.
- I don’t think about how many calories I have to burn to avoid weight gain after binging on junk food – I’d do that in the past and never go out running as I’d simply have too many miles to make up to stop feeling fat. Now I just go out and run anything to keep me moving in the right direction.