Running to Lose Weight or Event Training Techniques
By Katy Parsons & Joseph Miller
Copyright 2011 Katy Parsons & Joseph Miller
It’s a common mistake to forgo a run completely just because you haven’t got the time it normally takes to run your usual route. If this continues for long, your running habit will soon reduce to occasional runs, and all the benefits of regular running, including progression, training effects and running ease, will soon disappear, making the running that you do seem less enjoyable, and increasing the likelihood of your running habit disappearing.
If you are regularly missing your runs, you need to plan how to fit running into your week in a different way. For example, three runs of four miles in the evening could be adjusted as follows to provide the same mileage.
If you have set yourself a running goal, it’s also worth planning to run a little more, as this gives you room to accommodate the odd run which may not happen. For example, if your running goal was to complete 500 minutes of running over the next six weeks. Shorter two mile or 20- minute runs are easier to complete before work, and with a longer bonus run every other weekend, you would complete 540 minutes of running over six weeks with this schedule.
So, if you are struggling to find time for your usual run, try to do one of the following instead:
- Check your normal route on a map to see if there are any short cuts enabling you to shorten your run.