Now beforehand, we did discuss a bit about schedules, but this chapter will go over the importance
of them. A schedule can make or break your running regimen, and often, if you do run outside of your
schedule, you won’t have a lot of success with it. With this Article, you’ll learn some of the
important reasons you run on a schedule, and why it’s important.
The first is you’ll keep at it if you have a schedule. I know people will time and time again say that
they will go run, but then they never make an effort to do so. That’s because they don’t keep a
schedule on hand. It’s a rule of thumb that if you don’t maintain a schedule to run, you won’t do it.
There will be other factors that “conveniently” come in. I know this, because when I first started I
didn’t really pay mind to it, but over time I did realize that a schedule is essential.
It also keeps you motivated. Often, if you don’t have a schedule there, you won’t be motivated to
continue. This happens a lot, because humans typically need some incentive to do things, and it can
be hard to really keep at it over time. For many of us, we do need to keep ourselves going and we
need reassurance of what we’re doing. A set schedule and strict following to it will help you with
It also will help you get more done. When we don’t have a schedule set up in life, we don’t really get
what we need completed. The same goes for running. A schedule of when you’ll run, what you’ll do,
where you’ll go, and other such things, will help you significantly. If you don’t have one, it makes the
struggle all the more harder, and it can be a nightmare when getting stuff done. If you don’t have a
schedule as well, sometimes little problems will creep in, taking your attention off the running and
back onto the problem at hand instead of doing something else.
With running, it’s also important to keep in mind that a schedule will help you go further. Think about
it, you pick a good time to do this, and you can extend it further when you’re ready. Right now we’ll
only be going for up to 30 minutes, but once you’re past the entry level, you’ll want to do more
typically. You might want to go for an hour run. If you don’t have that set into your day, you won’t
have a chance to do it. Stop selling yourself short, and start to put this in, because it will allow you to
improve over time as well.
Also, there is another part of this that many people don’t realize can be problematic for people. That
is the factor of eating. Many times, if you don’t have a schedule, you’ll go running at the worst
possible times for you. Many people like to get their runs done first thing in the morning, and if for
some reason they decide to not follow their schedule and do it at night, it could mix you up because of
how much food you have within you. If your body isn’t used to running with food inside of it, you
shouldn’t run with food inside to the point where it might hurt. It can cause cramping and other
issues. Yes, having some sustenance before you go is essential because it gives you fuel to go, but if
you had a big dinner and then go running, if you’re not used to it the workout might ruin you and make
you sick. Without a schedule, you might end up doing that, and after a few times, it can be really
painful. You should run when you feel comfortable, and when you think it’s right.
Now some can run on a full stomach. Everyone is different, and often, you have to figure out what
works for you. I can’t run on a full stomach, but I know someone who runs well in that manner. That
person might do best working out after dinner, whereas with me I have to do it first thing or else I can
get sick. In general, you will need to figure out what is right for you, find the schedule that works, and
keep to it because if you don’t, it can cause trouble for you later on.
For many people, scheduling can make or break your ability to keep at it, so it’s important that you do
keep these in mind when you are formulating your schedule.