Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Consistency Matters

Today's Workout:

Howdy friends and Happy Hump Day!
People have often asked me what is the best way to start running and I always reply, "You must maintain CONSISTENCY."
con·sist·en·cy (/kənˈsistənsē/):  Reliability or uniformity of successive results or events.
Running is extremely difficult when you first begin, there's no doubt about that. Your body will hurt, your heart will palpitate as fast as a Ferrari speeding down a freeway and your muscles will ache. The key is to begin by running slowly versus going out too fast. A lot of people get discouraged when they begin running because they start out too fast which inevitably causes pain all over their body. They also tend to get discouraged because they believe they didn't perform well. I always suggest to start running with a slow jog until your body adapts to it. Our bodies are phenomenally equipped to adapt and survive, so don't underestimate what your body is capable of doing. 
So why is consistency important? Well, it's a lot easier to lose fitness than to gain it, so if you stop running for a period of time you will find yourself in square one again. When people go through bouts of running followed by lapses of absolutely no running, they will feel as if they started from the beginning again. It's easier to tear something down than it is to build it up.
In the few years that I have been running, I have closely analyzed the characteristics and qualities of runners. It fascinates me how endurance athletes have similar traits, such as:
  • Mental toughness
  • Resilience
  • Focused-oriented
  • Strong
  • Prepared
  • They have vision
  • Open-mindedness
  • Faithful
So what do these traits mean?
-Mental toughness: The ability of performing at your best despite any distractions, such as physical pain.
-Resilience: Being able to bounce back despite pain, adversity and poor performance.
-Focus-oriented: The ability to face tough situations and addressing them right away. For example, when you're running the last miles in a race and you're tired and in pain, you push through by telling yourself, "I can do this. One step at a time."
-Strong: When something happens unexpectedly you remain calm. You think things through and you are flexible to the changes.
-Prepared: Being able to anticipate a situation and having a back-up plan in the event that the situation arises.
-Vision: The ability to move forward and proceed with your goals despite not seeing your accomplishments anywhere in site.
-Open-minded: The ability to listen and take feedback without feeling offended. This is where true learning occurs.
-Faithful: Believing in yourself, your coach and in your abilities. You trust your training and your ability to perform well.
Have you ever had a setback in a race? How did you deal with it?
I'm grateful that I was able to
hang out with my sister last night.
It was her 33rd birthday!

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  1. Ah..the word we all need to learn. You are so right Erika and I love this post. I fight for consistancy and when I fall short, I always have an alibi (like the habitual career I blame it on my shift, bad weather or I'm sore. I recently hurt my back, went to the E.R. unable to walk straightend up and eventually gained 10 lbs. To my surprise very quickly right to my abdomen as I was feeling sorry for myself. I wasn't restricted from activities as long as I felt ok. I was even encouraged to strengthen my core. I am back at it again. There was no reason for that "one step forward and two steps back" other than my own inconsistancies. Great post. Be Well Erika!!!

  2. We fall off the bandwagon every now and then and that's ok because we're human. The important thing is to realize what we're doing and then fixing it. Glad you're back at it ;).