RYC 007 – How To Make Running a Habit?

As I once mentioned before that running is not easy. No matter how much we may want to get onto the road or onto the race track and get running, we will always experience difficulty. Those who are seasoned runners would tell you that not every run is the same. Sometimes you get out and manage to maintain the best form through out the run. You’ll even get to feel great during and after the running session.

And then the next run will show you flames. You just know from the word go that something is not right. You body will feel heavy and your breathing awkward. You break a sweat earlier than you usually do. You become miserable during the run and you feel defeated at the end of it.

There are various factors that contribute to this. Some of these factors are: the food you eat, sleep deprivation, weather condition etc. What at it is, you can get over it. I want to share with you three things you may want to do in order to make running a habit.

1. Resolve To Be A Runner

The secret behind success in any endeavor is wanting to do it. When you have resolved in your heart and mind to do something it is more likely that you will invest your best effort into seeing it through. A challenging activity as running is no different. It requires total emotional and mental conviction to do it. It takes courage to set out and run a long distance from which you have no assurance if you’ll be able to return to the comfort of your home. Such courage can be wielded by individuals who have sold themselves wholly to the art of running.

This is true in every part of life. A person whole excels in soccer for a long period of time, is someone who is doing it out of love. If they do it for money, they would never be able to enjoy the game. For them it would be just a job but if they have invested their life to play for the love of the game, they will also help the younger generation to play when the time has come for them to hang their boots. Those who were in it for money, once they grow old and cannot play anymore, they move on and chase money else where or they find their true passion.

I can say the same for business. It is true that we get into business to make profit. If a person starts a business and they don’t want to make money in it, the same business will fail and it will prove to have been a complete waste of time and money. What is more tragic is for someone to get into a business they hate, for the sake of money. Such an enterprise is a right start towards suicide.

I had spent three years doing a job I hated for the sake of money and it got me nowhere, until I got the courage to say, “it is enough.” At first I was a waiter at Nino’s Restaurant, I lasted six months in that job and then I quite. I went to apply at Mugg & Bean and I got hired right away. I lasted 30 days there and I quite. My grave mistake was to look for another restaurant related job instead of searching for what I really wanted to do. I went to work at McDonald’s and lasted there for 3 years and I was miserable. It was at that point where I decide that the only relationship I would have with any restaurant will be on customer basis. Either the restaurant will be my client or I will be their customer. Never will I find myself working at the restaurant again.

I must admit, the customers loved me and I had much respect from my colleagues but I hated the job and it made me miserable. I still get nightmares over it. It was a good thing for me to leave.

My point is, if at all you are to succeed in running or in anything in life, you must first love to do it. If not, you will be miserable. You will hate it and you will be guaranteed failure.

2. Have A Strict Running Schedule

The love of running will not be enough on its own. Discipline is the key to ensuring that you run until running is your habit. I think you are aware that habits are developed through repetition. You have to force your body to learn to run and then later it will demand to run. They only way to achieve this is to run regularly under any weather condition, except during a thunder storm.

I recommend that you create a strict running schedule. In this schedule you will allocate yourself time to run each week and specify the types of runs and the distances you will do.

Be sure to exercise strict discipline and follow the schedule. Follow the schedule without fail. If something comes up which does not relate to your health, family health or death be sure to prioritize your running schedule above that. If it is not an emergency you can see it after you have fulfilled your running commitment for that given day. If you live with your family, let them know the times you will be running and the distances. It also helps to let them know where you will be running, so they can know where to start looking for you should you not return home as expected.

If you cannot exercise discipline over yourself you are most likely to fail in anything. We need discipline in order to fulfill challenging tasks. It help us move forward even when it hurts. Running sessions may sometime present pain in the body. When it hurts or you feel tired, it takes self-discipline to run until the pain stops. It takes self-discipline to look at failure in the face and say I will not quite.

Self-discipline is like a harness for the horse. It keeps the horse on the path predetermined by the rider. It will not turn to the left nor to the right except when instructed by the rider. So self-discipline keeps us on the path we have set. Be prepared to push yourself to the limit if you wish running to become a part of your life as a good habit.

I have grown to a point that if I have to take a taxi to some place which is under 3 km away and am not required to carry any heavy things to and fro, and if I will not spend more than 10 minutes in there, I just run to that place. I would create opportunities for myself to run because I love it. Sometimes when I see someone running and I am not, I envy them. Running has now become a habit and it keeps my body feeling great.

3. Find A Running Partner.

If you feel that you might not be able to create a running plan nor to follow it. Get yourself a running partner. It could be your friend, girlfriend, boyfriend, husband, wife and even children. Find someone who will push you or even drag you to the starting line in the days when you feel lazy. I do not have a running partner because I have my own agenda in the running business. I am highly motivated and I even run outside the schedule set for me by Nike Running Club. If I were to get a running partner, I would have to wait until I finish the current training plan and then start a new running plan with my running partner.

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