I recently signed up for a run every day in December challenge, you don’t have to do big distances – a minimum of 3 miles or 25 minutes whichever comes first.
There are 3 main things I have re-learnt from this experience…
1 – Team - Logging in everyday to share my run and share in others has a great sense of achievement to it, people from around the world, some I know, most I don’t, all encouraging, congratulating and occasionally giving a kick up the bum, helps us be in this together even though many of us do most of our runs on our own.
2 – Time - My ability to find 25 minutes every day to run has surprised me and helped me realise that there is always time for the things you ‘want’ to do. (Running round a coach park at a services on the M4 was something I’d never thought I’d ‘want’ to do!)
3 – Action - it’s the small, quiet, repeatable actions that make the difference, not the large on-offs
When you are training and competing it’s about the small changes and choices you make, to your diet, to your plan, to your attitude that makes the difference and its repeating those actions that gives you the EDGE. They say practice makes perfect, but actually practice makes permanent so if you are constantly looking for the small changes to give you quality repeatable actions then you are going to do better than the person sticking rigidly to their plan.
So think about what’s your TTA
Team – whoever makes up your team, make sure they know your goal
Time – it’s always there you just need to find it
Action – Practice every day your mental strategies and mind-set development – make sure they are the right ones for you – reading a book about what works for someone else might give you a starting place but it’s not your answer, you have to adapt it to who you are.
So here is to just over half way of running every day in December, only another 15 days to go!