Just a few simple tips on how you can be a happier and stronger runner.

 

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SHOW YOUR SCHEDULE WHO’S BOSS.
“On the days I find myself racking up the reasons why a run isn’t going to fit into my day, I remind myself that I’ve never regretted going. There’s a great sense of pride and accomplishment that comes from knowing I’ve battled the million-reasons-why-I-shouldn’t-go-for-a-run talk that circles my head, and won,” says Sharon Gallant, pro triathlete and founder of FAB Foundation, a running and self-empowerment program for middle school girls in at-risk communities
in Hamilton, Canada.

EMBRACE THOSE TERRIBLE, HORRIBLE, NO GOOD, VERY BAD RUNS.
Those epic runs where you effortlessly maintain pace and the miles fly by? Enjoy them. But don’t underestimate the psychological value of crampy, slow, heavy-legged workouts. “The runs where I had no mojo whatsoever but managed to slug it out remind me that I’m strong even when I feel weak—and I can keep going, even if it isn’t pretty,” says Gallant.

LAY IT DOWN ON THE TRACK.
Love them or hate them, no one can deny track workouts are h-a-r-d. That’s why Lora Mays, an Austin-based running coach and Boston Marathon qualifier, recommends them as a major attitude adjuster. “There’s nothing like finishing a tough workout to make you feel fierce and strong,” she says.

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