Breaking Bad Habits Part 2

Time for a check-in! Remember the bad habits we discussed awhile back? (Don’t worry, Amy didn’t either) We’re here to check in and see if our #TrainingTuesday runners have broken them.

Have you broken any of these habits?

Amy: To be honest, I forgot about trying to break these bad habits. The only thing I really remembered to focus on was stretching more. I was really excited to re-read the article and our post to see if I broke any of these habits over the course of my training.

I did! I have definitely taken my training slow and steady and I make sure to incorporate rest days as needed. I’ve also noticed I’m getting better sleep at night which is helping with my overall energy level and mood. In terms of stretching, I’m getting there. I’m not where I’d like to be, but I’ve gotten a lot better!

Kate: I tried to keep my goals in mind as I’ve been training. In fact, the one that resonated with me the most, “being your own doctor,” actually ended up being an important one for me. An old foot injury resurfaced, and instead of trying to deal with it myself, I went straight to the doctor to make sure I was clear to train.

My other goals were about staying hydrated and stretching. I haven’t quite gotten to the point where I have good habits, but I’ve been a lot better about drinking water instead of sugary juices or iced tea. I’m still terrible about stretching, but I’ve gotten less terrible--I make sure to stretch out anything that feels particularly tight or sore.

Is there anything else you’re looking to work on?

A: Now that I’ve gotten the basics down, I’d like to work on bad habit #4, ignoring your core. One of my goals for the race is to increase my speed from my last 5K, which was over a year ago. The article says strengthening your core will help you run faster, so I’m looking forward to testing out this theory.

K: I think I need to continue staying active and listening to my body. So far, that’s been most useful. If I’m feeling thirsty, I get some water. If my legs feel super sore, I take a moment to stretch. I have a million different things I wish I did, but it feels more realistic to stay in the moment and do what my body is asking me to do.

Do you have any goals going forward?

A: For the next few weeks I’d like to increase my strength training, with a special focus on my core. I’ve found it’s easier to set one or two goals at a time and really work hard on those before trying to fix/work on something new. I guess that means I’ve broken bad habit #10, fixing it all. Now that I’ve realized it’s almost impossible to fix every bad habit at once, I’m seeing much more progress.

K: I agree with Amy, the best approach seems to be focusing on one thing at a time. For me, that’s getting across the finish line without embarrassing myself! Sometimes I need to remind myself that I don’t need to be perfect for my first 5K. I just need to be comfortable running the race.

I’m going to have a moment of honesty here: I haven’t been running as much as I should. Sometimes, it’s only twice a week. But I have to remind myself that twice a week is nothing to sneeze at! Training for a 5K, even when I’m doing the bare minimum, is a big step. I’m giving it all I’ve got, even if all I’ve got doesn’t feel like much.

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