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A running buddy is a good attempt at holding yourself accountable. I mean, it’s easy to let yourself down, right? But, you wouldn’t dream of letting down your running partner. Why is that? Why are we so willing to break a deal with ourselves?
I think the real benefit of long distance training comes when you’re no longer willing to accept your own excuses. You could skip a run, but then you’ll have to deal with yourself tomorrow. I would rather face someone else’s wrath than the debilitating judgments I place on myself. Not that you should beat yourself up over it, because the best thing to do is brush yourself off, let it go and keep going.
So, holding yourself accountable is beneficial for a number of reasons, the most important being the belief it creates in your ability to perform. With that being said, let’s take a look at a few different ways we can be sure to hold ourselves accountable, including….
A running buddy can be a great motivator. When you wake up early in the morning and it’s dark and rainy, you will be motivated if you know someone is waiting to join you. Having a running partner will also give you plenty of opportunities to encourage each other, pick each other back up after any disappointments.
If you don’t know of anyone in your neighborhood with whom you can run, put up a notice at your local running store, or post a notice to your friends on Facebook.
Track Your Progress
Journal your runs so you can track your progress. The internet makes this extremely easy and it also allows others to join in, post their progress, and encourage you.
Create a Training Schedule
Scheduling your runs and rest days is a great way to encourage accountability. If something comes up where you have to move your schedule around you’re able to do so without sacrificing a run. Scheduling also enables you to take advantage of your rest days to recover without feeling as though you should be doing something else.
How do you hold yourself accountable during your long distance training?
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