It’s no secret that running is one of the best workouts out there. Running hits every important component when it comes to staying fit, from cardio health and circulation to overall strength and endurance. There are challenges involved in running though, it certainly can be taxing and painful, but the rewards are worth it. Nearly every runner will tell you that there are times they want to give up and quit running, but they push through. And the only way to get through these times is to have goals to work toward.
From freezing temps, snow and slush, to blazing heat and blisters, sometimes it seems as though the more time you put in running, the more difficult it becomes. It’s tempting to just not go on certain days, and soon a few days of rest lead to a month without running and before you know it you’re giving up altogether. Push through each day by setting goals to reach. Without a goal you have no reason to make yourself get up and run when you don’t want to. If your larger, overall goal is to run a marathon in six months or a year, break it down into smaller, more reachable goals that keep you motivated monthly, weekly and daily. Challenge yourself to run farther and faster. Work to increase your power and distance in increments to keep yourself working toward your goal. After all, getting up each day and running is half the battle, before long you’ll be reaching your goal.