How to Become a Runner – and Stick to It

Introduction

Have you ever attempted to become a runner but find yourself slacking and breaking routine too often, only to never make much progress? Do you wish that you could be a real runner?

Below are several great tips that will not only help you become a serious runner, but also help you stick with it – and create a routine that works for your unique lifestyle.

Set a Goal

One of the first steps you should take on your journey to becoming a runner is to find a goal that you want to achieve. Make sure that this goal genuinely inspires you because it will serve as your inspiration for the beginning of, and throughout, your running journey.

Whether you want to be able to run a marathon or just want to run a mile without having to stop and walk, make sure that your goal is realistic and achievable for you. If your goal is too lofty to begin with, such as being able to run 100 miles a month, you may find yourself discouraged early on and you risk giving up on your goal.

Create a Strategy

It is easy to transition from being a casual runner to a serious runner – as long as you form a plan of action for how to achieve this. Think of it like the basic strategies of poker: you need to decide what type of ‘player,’ or runner, you want to be; you need to make good decisions; you need to determine your approach; and you should know your odds of reaching your goals (i.e., do not set unachievable goals, as mentioned above).

Pick a Diet and Stick with It


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While working on becoming a runner, it is important to remember that getting fit is more than just exercise. A diet can really help you to get fit and aid you in reaching your target weight that you want to be at. You will notice that creating a diet tailored to your specific running needs will actually make you a better runner. In addition, sticking with a diet will help you to develop a routine in your life that will help you to become a better runner.

One example of a diet that you could incorporate into your life is theKetogenic diet. This diet involves eating foods that are high in fat and low in carbohydrates. It forces your body to make ketones that serve as an alternative fuel for glucose in your body. The ketones are produced through the amount of fats that you eat and can help you burn fat and lose weight. Your fat will burn at a higher rate and will make you more fit.

Run a Trail


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One of the best ways to strengthen your supporting muscles in your legs is to run a trail outdoors. The best trails to run are those with mud, roots, and rocks that are not paved. These types of trails will make you be aware of the steps that you are taking and help with strength training. The more hills, the better. Also, running trails is more visually appealing and can make running more fun for many people. Being out in nature may help you to stick with running because it is more fun than the traditional treadmill run.

However you start running, remember to follow these quick and easy steps to help turn yourself into a serious runner. The worst thing you can do is give up on your goal and quit running, but these steps will help you become a better runner and be able to stick with it.

After all, running is a great way to wind down after a hard day or stay in shape, and it can be done almost anywhere. So there is no need to worry about not sticking to your routine when you are on vacation/holiday!

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