Wise Running

Train smart, eat well, and enjoy the run.

Wise Running: More on Motivation

I recently posted a blog about motivation, an excerpt from my 2nd book about to be published.



Today’s post adds a little and is a response to the requests of two fledgling runners that are trying to find the motivation to be more consistent.

A few questions to ask yourself:

  • What is the purpose and role of running in your life?
  • Why did you start?
  • Why do you continue?

When you have answered these questions, write the answers down and post it on the wall.  When it is time to go for a run, read these before you decide whether you will run or not.

The second thing that I want to share is consistency leads to rewards.

Remember This:

If you run consistently, running will reward you with endorphins, health, the satisfaction of meeting goals, and connections to a network of positive people.

If you only run once in a while, running most often feels like a punishment.


The final thing to add is a quick note about runners high.  It is an awesome feeling that is different from a rush of endorphins.  Running becomes easy and you feel very relaxed and happy while you run.

The more consistent you are with your running, the more likely it is that you will experience runners high.


Now it is time for our fellow runners to share!

  • What benefits do you get from running more consistently?
  • What tips would you give to runners to help them become more consistent?

Post your response in the comments below.  Thank you!!

Train smart, eat well, and enjoy the run!

P. Mark Taylor

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One response to “Wise Running: More on Motivation

  1. Jeff September 12, 2013 at 1:05 am

    Nice blog and I agree whole heartedly with everything you said! So I am a very consistent runner with a general base fitness of 2000 miles per year. I’m working hard to reach Boston qualification fitness level and I believe that consistency in my training is maximizing my gains toward reaching the goal. Elsewhere in P Mark Taylor’s blog we can read about the importance of EASY runs…with upwards of 80% of all training miles being 90s slower (per mile) than 5k race pace. Try to keep that in mind when “consistency” feels difficult. On hot humid days it is SO easy to be tempted to skip a run….not cool enough in the evening, too humid in the morning…but take it from an experienced runner…fight to maintain your consistency and opt for running SLOW versus not running at all. Your body will reward you handsomely once the shackles of heat & are humidity are lifted…because no season lasts forever. As for tips I would give to help runners be more consistent…here’s one…I like to tell “newbie” runners to focus on 30 minutes instead of 20 minutes. (Duration of your runs). I’m a big believer…based on interviews of numerous people who are trying to run for the first time….almost everyone hits a limit at 20 minutes duration regardless of their various pace abilities. That’s ABOUT how long it takes to deplete your muscles local glycogen stores, so it’s not a coincidence that 20 minutes is a common answer to the question “How long do your runs last?”. So I like to tell new runners “You are better off and will get stronger, faster by running 30 minutes a day, 2 days a week versus running 20 minutes a day 3 or even 4 days a week!” Try to fight for that extra 10 minutes. There is something magical about hitting the 30 minute mark of sustained running….go as slow as it takes…but don’t stop until you hit 30 minutes. This will activate your reserve metabolic systems after local resources are depleted and exercise your “endurance” mechanisms…leading to more ability to sustain runs and therefore greater consistency! God bless and keep running!

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