Running 101: Motivational tips to improve your run

Whether you’re running on a treadmill or outside, little things can add up to big deals over the long haul. For instance, a skewed running form or the wrong type of shoes can add up to injury over many miles, or lack of motivation can cause an early exit when it doesn’t have to.
In order to get the most out of your training, Running 101 this week will take a look at different areas of the sport that will help serious runners. Today, we offer motivational tips to improve your run:
* Set a goal to sign up for a local 5K or 10 K race. It will give you a goal to shoot for.
* If you’ve already run a race recently, then try to beat your time the next time out.
* As mentioned in Tuesday’s blog, try to find a running buddy or running club to train with. It will make it easier to maintain a regular running schedule if you know someone else is counting on you.
* Don’t be too hard on yourself. Life can get busy and you’ll miss workouts, just try to get back to running as soon as possible.
* Know that you’ll have ups and downs while training as well. Some days you won’t run as well as others, but do your best and the next time out you might run better.
* OK, it’s time for some more “Coach Speak.” Think positive and don’t say things like “I can’t” or “never.” Turn can’t into can and think positive. Also, don’t compare yourself to others. You can always find someone a lot faster or a lot slower. Just focus in on doing the best YOU can.
* Keep a record of your runs and any additional training you do such as weightlifting. This will help you set and track goals, chart progress and serve as further motivation to not miss workouts. Few things will make you feel worse than looking in your workout book and seeing it’s been weeks since your last entry.
* Lastly, remember that even a bad run is better than not running at all that day.

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At Home Fitness consultant Aaron Dorksen’s blog deals with a variety of fitness topics, ranging from workout tips, motivational ideas and feature stories on how exercise impacts people’s lives. E-mail him with comments, questions or ideas for future blogs at