Ten things I learned by running every day

03 October 2017 - Graham Toms

I set myself a challenge of running at least 5k every day until I am stopped by either illness or injury. It's been 51 days so far, so what have I learned?

  1. You can do it. You just need to be patient and never push too hard on any single day.
  2. Get out the door even when you're tired. You'll feel better for it.
  3. Consistency makes you faster - even if you're not trying to get faster :-)
  4. Running is fun. But it's even more fun when you're a better runner.
  5. I learned new routes and new routines of who does what / when in my neighbourhood.
  6. Running gives you energy.
  7. By not pushing too hard even an injury prone runner like myself can run without injury.
  8. It's easier to start a run when you're committed to a goal like running every day.
  9. I really enjoy running.
  10. You lose weight in the kitchen, not in the gym (or by running).

I started this running streak to become a better runner and to improve both my running technique and economy. I do a minimum of 5k per day which, when I am tired is a slow 5k, but I often run longer than that. The improvements in my running technique and economy have been huge - for the first time in my life I feel like a runner and I also feel that I am improving so much I don't want to stop. Next goal: 100 days of running every day!

Graham is a 9 time IRONMAN finisher, including the IRONMAN World Championships in Kona, Hawaii. He is a passionate student of endurance sports and triathlon and an IRONMAN Certified Coach. He can be reached at graham@traintrends.com.


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