The Secrets To Running Every Day
I get asked regularly for tips on how to run every day so that’s why I’m fucking post this.
My rules are simple. Runs must start between midnight and midnight. It doesn’t matter when the run finishes, it can be noon the next day and it will still count as a run in the day it started in.
- Any run counts – When I’m really low on inspiration I often run to the shop and back. For chocolate. You can run before work, after work, at lunch, on the way to the pub or on the way back. Once you start a run streak you become a master of improvisation.
- I don’t listen to ‘reason’ or my ‘mind’ – My mind is forever telling me that this is the last night of the run streak. Know what I do? I just try to take one step. Get out of the fucking garden. Get past the house. Loop the block. Anything. Out. Get the fuck. Out.
- Don’t be too smart about it – Setting yourself a 10k minimum each day might sound like a challenging but achievable plan, but wait until you get a bad case of the shits. If failing to run every day means you’re gonna stop trying to run every day, why not try to run a little bit less somedays? Like a 5k. Or a mile?
- Keep accountable – I upload my runs to Strava and I get asked by people where my runs are if I haven’t uploaded them on time. I’ve thought about strapping my Fenix 3 to the cat outside and shining a laser pointer just in front of it on really bad days but the fucking thing is about 38 years old and compulsively tapping on death’s door buzzer for some sweet relief.
- Try to run at the first opportunity you have in the day – At the minute I’m leaving all my runs until almost midnight. Running at midnight at the weekend in a provincial town isn’t the safest idea really. My morale is always bad in the evenings thanks to terrible dietary choices. My internal procrastinator is amazing at convincing me that now is not the “right time” to be running. Especially during daylight hours. The right time will obviously come once I’ve inhaled 17 litres of cheese.
- “Won’t I get injured if I run every day?” – Depends. If you’re running hard on every run every day then maybe. Listen to your body. Don’t run through the pain barrier. Try to relax. On days after long events I’ll do the bare minimum to maintain my run streak. Sometimes a mile is enough. You’ll be surprised by how resilient your body can be.
- “What if someone says I’m not actually running every day” – You might get this shit from the ‘junk miles’ brigade. You can frame it how you want to frame it. You’re jogging every day. You’re moving every day. You’re doing something every day. You can’t please everyone and there are a lot of people out there you don’t want to please.