Perhaps you might be asking yourself: why do I run so slow? It seems like no matter what you do, you just cannot seem to get faster at running, let alone keep up the same pace for long. As a result, you might feel incredibly frustrated by your efforts, in that you feel to be making no progress at all in your running career.
However, do not let your negative thoughts take over you. Granted, it is challenging to get faster and better at running, but keeping a positive perspective on the situation is one way to get started.
That said, we are here to help. Learn more about some reasons why you might not be performing the best of your abilities, as well as find ways to improve the situation and get to a more confident, stronger level than you had ever been.
Soon enough, you will be able to run faster and become a happier runner. Without further ado, let’s get started!
As a result, this will help you get in the mood for sleep, as well as provide you a more restful night. You will then be energized and ready the next day to run hard and perform hard!
While fried and processed foods might sound delicious to you, it is not good for the body. Perhaps you already know this, but we cannot stress just how important it is to pay attention to what you put in your body, for it can affect performance both physically and mentally.
More specifically, eating junk food such as potato chips, cookies, and donuts can put a toll not only on your body’s shape, but also on how you feel. You might notice that you feel more sluggish after eating them, which can then affect how fast you are able to run.
Hence, eating fresh foods like fruits, vegetables, and whole-grains can help you feel more fortified and more energetic to run faster and more efficiently. While an occasional indulgence is not a bad idea, keeping it consistently fresh and organic will yield positive results on your body and athletic performance.
From hot, humid heat to below-freezing temperatures, extreme weather can, literally and figuratively, put a damper on your athletic performance. For instance, you might find it too stifling to run in high humidity or feel the onset of frostbite with cold weather. Either way, neither are ideal.
True, some people choose to run in extremely hot and/or extremely cold weather to build resistance and stamina. While that works to some extent, such extremities can have negative effects on your performance, let alone your health, e.g. heat stroke, frost bite.
Perhaps you have been running the same number of miles, as well as the same level of difficulty for the past few months or years. You have gotten comfortable powering through three miles on flat, even ground, but have never tried for hills or longer distance.
As mentioned, this particular situation is a sign of complacency; by not challenging yourself, you fall into a rut and so it will be harder for you to improve your pace because of it.
Running slowly does not necessarily mean you are not naturally gifted at running; in fact, it can simply be due to different life factors, including sleep, diet, and weather.
However, by being aware of these aspects, you can take measures to modify them for more effective and quality workout sessions in the future. Happy running!