You don’t have to look far to find some kind of motivational program or step by step to run your first 5k, 10k, or even your first marathon.
It’s exciting. You are running 5 miles, and maybe it’s something you haven’t done since you were young. Maybe you’ve never done it before at all. But it teaches you a lesson. You have to work hard, endure, and a lot of what you do to really be successful actually isn’t running. When you mix your regular runs with days of strength training and other cardio workouts, you actually build more endurance and avoid injury.
It depends on your schedule, your attitude, and other factors as to what your schedule looks like. But if you don’t believe me, throw in one strength training routine per week. It’s incredible. If for nothing else, it breaks up the monotony.
The same goes for the occasional class. You could do kickboxing, cycling, or other fitness routines they offer, many of which I can assure you are more fun than just running on a treadmill eyes forward, or even in the park. When you have more fun, you’re more likely to stick with your routine, and the variety challenges your muscles in numerous directions. This means that you work muscles that running alone doesn’t normally cover, but muscles that could keep you from getting hurt.
If you think Michael Johnson only runs, you’re fooling yourself. To get those muscles and that speed, he also does quite a bit of strength training. I know, you don’t need to be Michael Johnson, but you can certainly take tips from him.