Stick With It! Tips For Maintaining a Running Program

RB10: Stick With It! Tips For Maintaining Your Running Program

Maintaining a Running Program

I recently posed a question to the RunBuzz Facebook Group, asking members to identify what was the hardest part of running. Was it starting or maintaining a running program?

The overwhelming response was:

Maintaining a running program was extremely difficult!

In today’s podcast, I provide penty of tips that will help you stay on track, stay engaged, and keep you running well into the future! Scroll down for complete show notes.

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Episode Transcripts and Notes:

In this episode, I share several strategies and tips for maintaining a running program.  From training tips to mindset, these strategies will help keep you from quitting.

I recently posed a question to the RunBuzz Facebook Group, asking members to identify what was the hardest part of running. Was it starting or maintaining a running program?

The overwhelming response was:

Maintaining a running program was extremely difficult!

I started tracking the progress of runners 4 years ago within the running club I started. Only 60% made it to the end of their training. That means that there was a 40% drop out rate! The good news is that, so far (knock on wood), 100% of the people who made it to race day, finished. Let’s just hope that record stands for a long time!

Now, logically, I know there are a lot of factors that might play into that drop out rate. However, at first, these numbers really baffled me. I wondered if I was doing something wrong. It bothered me so much that I even reached out to other running coaches and running club directors to see if they had similar issues.

Everyone that I talked to told me that these numbers reflected the trends they saw in their own clubs.  Retention is something all clubs and coaches struggle with.

Whether you’re in a running club or not, maintaining a running program is not always easy.  We all go through phases that make it hard to stay motivated, active, and on course.

In this episode, I share plenty of tips that will help you stay on track, stay engaged, and keep you running well into the future!

 


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Steve is the founder and head running coach of RunBuzz.com. Steve is host of the RunBuzz podcast and founder of PaceBuilders, a complete online training program for runners. Steve is a RRCA / USA Track and Field Certified Running Coach and resides in Lewis Center, Ohio.