5 Tips to Keep on Running

It’s one thing starting running, but it’s another thing altogether to keep on running.

So how long do you think you can keep running? Weeks, months, years, or for the rest of your life?

For me, running has become like a way of life. It’s something that I do without question, just like eating my dinner or brushing my teeth. I simply do it, and plan on doing it for the rest of my life.

For most people though it’s very different and I can understand why. They haven’t learned how to integrate running into their lifestyle and how to keep motivated to run and do it consistently.

That’s why there are times when most people feel like giving up. It doesn’t matter whether they are a beginner runner that’s struggling to get into running, or an experienced runner that has become frustrated, bored, or got injured.

With this in mind, here are 5 tips to think about that will help you keep on running…

  1. Think about what if you stop running

Take a moment to think about what will happen if you stop running…

Will your health, fitness, and body improve? Will you lose more weight?

Of course not. The only thing that’s going to happen if you stop running is that everything is going to go backwards. All the time and effort that you’ve put into running will go to waste.

It’s all about consistent running if you want to keep improving and keep getting the benefits. Stop running and you lose what you’ve already gained.

Please don’t be one those people that stops running and goes backwards, only to then regret that they ever stopped running. Believe me there are many of them!

  1. Enjoy your running

An important part of keeping running is making sure that you enjoy it and have fun. However, some people see running as a chore and something that should be endured rather than enjoyed.

Often this is just due to their mental approach to running which can be overcome by making a decision that they’re going to enjoy it as much as they can.

Think about how much running can benefit your life, how much you are improving yourself, how proud you are of yourself for putting in the effort, and how lucky you are to be free and able to run when many people can’t. Approach running from this angle and you’re much more likely to enjoy it.

Also aim to use plenty of variety with your running.

Many people don’t enjoy running because they are stuck doing the same things all the time. Anything will become boring if you keep doing the same thing over and over again.

So look to run over different distances, run at different speeds, try different running routes, and run over different running surfaces. This will make your running much more enjoyable and refreshing than if you’re doing the same runs all the time.

  1. Be realistic

If you want better health and fitness, if you want a better looking body, or you want to lose weight, then it’s going to take time.

Running is a great way to get all these things, but it’s not a miracle cure. It takes time and effort, over a sustained time period.

When you’re realistic and see running as a long term effort where you’re gaining benefits that will help you for the rest of your life, then you’re on the right path. You’ll find it much easier to just keep on running.

You’ll also feel more relaxed and less stressed because you’re willing to keep going until you get the results you want, rather than expecting super fast results and being disheartened when you don’t get them.

  1. Appreciate that you will get injured

An injury doesn’t mean the end of your running, but that’s the point where a lot of people quit when really there’s no reason to.

They become disheartened, worry about whether they could ever get back, and feel like they’ve wasted their time getting to the stage they were at with their running.

The truth is that virtually everybody gets injured at some stage. It’s all part of doing any strenuous exercise like running, and it’s something to be expected.

The good news is that you can come back from almost any injury and get back to where you were before.

An injury doesn’t mean you have to quit. It’s only a bump in the road rather than a dead end.

Appreciate that you have an injury, just like virtually every other runner gets, recover from your injury, and then keep on running.

  1. Don’t forget your goals

If you don’t have a running goal, then what are you running for?

Ok, so you might want better health and fitness, a better looking body, or to lose weight, but you can try to do that using many different exercises and many different diets.

Although I believe that running is the best way to achieve these goals, there are other ways available.

So if you want to keep running then you need a running goal to aim for. Otherwise why keep on running? Why not stop running and try the latest quick fix diet instead?

A running goal could be to run a certain distance or run for a certain length of time. It could be to run your favourite running route quicker. It could be to run for a certain number of days each week. It could be to run a specific race and aim to complete the race or beat a target time.

Set yourself a running goal and you’ll be much more likely to keep running and run consistently.

Keep on running!

So there you have it, 5 tips to help you keep on running.

Follow these tips and you’re much more likely to run for years, or even the rest of your life, rather than being one of those people who quits running and never experiences all the great things it can do for them.

So keep on running, enjoy your running, and keep progressing towards all the great things you want out of running. Over time you can get there!


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6 Responses to 5 Tips to Keep on Running

  1. Stephanie says:

    I really needed to read this today. I have been running off and on for years. (Lately, more off than on…) I became very bored with it because I do most of my running on a treadmill (outside isn’t always an option either because of weather, time of day (safety), etc. But just over the last week I’ve decided that I want to run again (I actually miss running consistently … I miss how it makes me feel more athletic and it does help, of course, to lean me out — if I eat right as well –). So, the last major run I did was a half marathon … about 2 years ago. I believe that race was the beginning of my burn-out/boredom with running. I have been running occasionally, but not consistently. But now I am ready to be a real “runner” and run consistently again! I want to work on my time, so I’m going to sign up for a 5K (easy), so I can get back to a 10 min. mile, and then work my way up to a 10K, and then (maybe) a 10 miler. I don’t think I want to do a half marathon any time soon! LOL!

    • James says:

      I’m glad that you found it useful Stephanie. I hope that you are able to get into consistent running, keep it up, and enjoy it.

      All the best with any events that you enter.

  2. dana says:

    Yes, I can relate especially with tip 4.
    I have been running on and off for a few years ( thanks to James’ wonderful routines), and at times get some old injuries acting up, but I just slow down and in time I pick up where I left. Its important to “keep it up”, not to “give up” , even with slow downs in between.
    I thrive on “routines” so here I am, keeping my runs up to date, and enjoying the benefits.
    Happy running!

    • James says:

      It’s good to hear that you’re still going well with your running Dana. You have done so well with running and deserve all the benefits you’ve gained from it.

      Keep up the good running!

  3. Wilma says:

    Thanks James!! This email came in just at the right time, I’m recovering from injury & really downhearted as I seem to be taking longer & longer to recover (I think it’s an age thing – I’m in my mid-50′s, eek!! Did I really put that in writing!! :-)
    Anyway, I had thought this time is the last – one more injury I’ll quit!! So, here I am, after reading this, ready to give it another go! At best, I can continuously run 45 mins steady paced. So, here we go again…

    • James says:

      I’m glad to hear that you’re going to keep trying Wilma. Most people quit far too easily, even though it’s possible for them to get great results.

      I hope that you overcome your injury, get back to your best, and then keep improving.