Change is Good

Today’s run was easy and simple, because I let it be that way. I do think that I need to step it up a bit or change my running routine. I think I’m settling in to a comfort zone where things are going good and easy.

Of course to have things going “good” is what it is, but I want to take myself that bit further and make my running better. This means change.

It seems that most people are afraid of change because they automatically think it will be a change from good to bad or from bad to worse. These same people tend to focus on the negative aspects and how they think it will adversly affect their happiness and lives (or running).

We should learn how to deal our fear of change because change is going to happen whether we like it or not throughout our lives. I know many of us struggle to cope with the emotions change brings (i.e. fear) because we might be pushed out of our comfort zone, but change can be a good thing if you make it that way. It’s hard for me (I’m still learning), but I believe it simply comes down to having a positive mental attitude (or trying to at least) and embracing the change.

Basically, I’m going to concentrate more on my hill training each week and especially tempo runs (a run done at a fairly steady, moderate fast pace) which will increase my speed over the coming weeks.

Over the winter I’ll also be heading back to the running club (Reading Roadrunners) for Wednesday night track sessions. It was a bit cold last winter but once you get running and the blood gets pumping it’s great! For anyone out there looking for that little bit of motivation I suggest joining their local running club. You may be scared at first (change!) but you’ll find a group of people willing to help you in your goals.

Hamstring Stretch

Lie down on the floor with one leg straight up in the air. Your other leg should be bent with the foot flat on the ground. Loop a towel or belt over the arch of the lifted foot, and gently pull back as you push against it with your foot until you feel the stretch in your hamstring. Push only to the point where your muscles contract and make sure you stretch both legs.

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