Happy Wednesday everyone!
I wanted to talk about something I’ve been trying to work on these past couple weeks.
First off, have you heard of the Ten Thousand Hour Rule?
I first read about this in Malcolm Gladwell’s book, Outliers (a really interesting book that I highly recommend!). Basically, this rule states that to be an expert in any field, you need to put in about ten thousand hours of work first. So, if you apply this to running, you need to run for ten thousand hours to be a highly skilled runner. Am I trying to qualify for the Olympics? Definitely not (somehow I doubt I’d qualify even if I DID run for ten thousand hours!)! But, I can improve as a runner. I can gain a better understanding of my own strengths/weaknesses, I can push myself to run farther and faster, and I can improve my mental toughness.
But none of that can happen without consistent practice.
Everyone is busy. Jobs, school, paying the bills, making time for your family… with all these commitments, it can be REALLY hard to make the time to go run. I know I am often guilty of this. Life gets crazy and before I know it almost a week has gone by and I haven’t run at all.
So I decided, no more. I’m holding myself accountable to a set schedule. I wrote out a workout plan in scary official red marker and I have it prominently displayed by my calendar.
I tried to make it as realistic as possible given my current workload and class schedule. That way, I know I have no excuse NOT to run. For the sake of full disclosure, I’ll admit I wrote out this schedule at the beginning of last week, but I can’t say I did great. I did get up early for my Monday run of 5 miles, but I skipped the run for Wednesday morning. In my defense, it wasn’t because I was lazy and just wanted to stay in bed! I had several mid-week exams so I actually skipped the run and got up early to study some more. So yeah, I recognize that things happen, and you have to adapt. But if I can improve in the long-run in being consistent, I’ll be happy. And I’m already off to a better start this week, having gotten in both of my 5-milers on Monday and Wednesday!
Remember how I said I felt like I needed a goal? Well, this is it – consistency in my running. It’s not as flashy or glamorous as training for a big race, but in some ways this is even harder. There’s no set deadline for this goal, it’s just something I have to continue to work on through my life.
And on a completely unrelated note, check out some of the delicious food I ate this week!
Hope you have a great last half of your week!
How do you keep yourself consistent?