We all know how hard it is to maintain a consistent running schedule. It’s even harder to be consistent day in and day out in every aspect of our lives. When it comes to running, consistency can be the difference between a PR and just plodding along at the same or even slower pace.
The last year I have struggled with complete consistency. There were patches where I would consistently train, but all in all, I was having an off year. Three months ago I committed to running at least 3 times a week with friends and a few other runs on my own. I also got a coach through Ekiden coaching. The combination of all these things really helped me to find my consistency and speed again.
Why does consistency matter? It’s really the only thing that keeps you on track and building up your fitness level.
3 Reasons Consistency Matters on the Run
Keeps your endurance from fading. Gaining endurance does not happen overnight. You have to put in the time and the miles to be able to see the results you want. Running 3-5 days per week, week in and week out, will help you maintain your hard earned endurance. Take even a few weeks off and you will notice a dramatic drop in performance.
Better able to train for PR’s and goals. When you have a goal, making a plan and sticking to it is the only way to get the end result you are after. Proper training requires consistently showing up.
Recently, my half marathon times were getting slower (by 10-15 minutes). I could have complained, but I knew that the fault was my own. I hadn’t been consistent with my training. I had been skipping workouts and was not fully committed to my goals. I just wasn’t showing up to perform. After making a change, I shaved 15 minutes off my last half marathon time! That’s more than one-minute per mile faster than I had been running!
Your body needs time to improve form and aerobic development. Becoming a great runner doesn’t happen overnight. It requires months and years of hard work and practice. Form gradually develops as you run more and more. Or you can hire a coach and get form tips right away (I totally recommend this!). Aerobic capacity is only built with practice, so the more consistent you are with running, the better your aerobic development and the longer and harder you will be able to run.
I am the first to admit that I have problems maintaining a consistent schedule with running. But I am learning how important it is to me reaching my goals. So I will be sticking with my training plans from here on out! Won’t you join me? Let’s keep each other accountable.