10 Best Way To Begin Running

Updated on: February 2021

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Keep Running: How Runners Build Accountability into Their Running Program

Whether your a novice runner or an expert, you may hit a bump in the road. To keep running even when you don't feel like it, it helps to have accountability. This article will give you tips so you can start running, keep running and have fun doing it.

Whether you are new to running or a seasoned runner, you may reach a time when you get discouraged or feel like you want to quit. To prepare for this event, it may be helpful to build some accountability into your running program.

What is Accountability?

Accountability means feeling obligated or responsible to a person, program or a situation. For runners, accountability means lacing up the running shoes even when it's raining cats and dogs. It means waking up at five in the morning to get in a few miles even when you didn't go to bed until well after midnight. For runners, accountability means setting a training schedule and sticking with it.

When times get tough and running starts to feel like a chore, having an accountability strategy will help you get off the couch and put more miles on the road. To get you going, here are a few suggestions to help build accountability into your running regime.

Runners Tip Number 1: Find a Running Partner

Having a regular running partner is a great way to keep with your running program. Look for a partner who runs at or near your pace, is reliable and is motivated to keep running. Commit to meeting your running partner at least three times a week to run. Having a fellow runner to give you encouragement is a great way to stay motivated for your running program.

Runners Tip Number 2: Join a Running Club

If you don't have a regular running partner, consider joining a running club. This will give you an opportunity to meet fellow runners. It will also provide you with opportunities to attend regular, scheduled running events. If you're not sure where to find a running club in your local area, search online or check out sites such as Road Runners Club of America or Cool Running.

Runners Tip Number 3: Subscribe to an One Line Community

For some runners, finding a local running club isn't an option. Other runners aren't comfortable running with a group. Runners who like to take to the trails on their own might want to consider joining an online community to get support and assistance. Sites such as Daily Mile or Runners Lounge give you a chance to interact with fellow runners. These sites may also include tools to help you plan your training program.

Runners Tip Number 4: Use Social Media

Another way to stay motivated and accountable to your running program is to leverage your social networking sites. Talk about running to your Facebook friends. Tweet about it to your Twitter followers. Let them know when you are planning to run. Share your struggles and your successes. The support and encouragement you receive from your connections will encourage you to stick with your running program.

Runners Tip Number 5: Register to Race

Setting a deadline is a great way to keep accountable. Find a race, pay your registration fee and promise to be there and ready to run on the morning of the race. Knowing that a deadline is looming will likely encourage you to keep running so you'll be ready for the race.

Runners know that running is great exercise. But even the most committed runners can hit a bump in the road. If this happens to you, you're more likely to conquer the hurdles if you've built a bit of accountability into your running program. Whether you leverage online sources, sign up for a race, or use another strategy, you'll be more successful in your running program if you take steps to stay accountable.

Now get out there and keep running.

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