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7 Habits of Highly Successful Runners

Not getting the results you want? Here are seven things you may have overlooked

There may not be much we can do to influence our different physiques, varying levels of talent or our level of access to coaching and training facilities. But beyond those, here are some easy tweaks for maximizing your results on the road, track or trail.

Train consistently

If you’re content simply to run for enjoyment, to be outside or to support another sport, it doesn’t really matter how often or how far you run. But if you have a goal race, choosing a training plan that properly prepares you for that race is key. If you’re looking to improve your times and race results, you should train a few times a week, every week of a training cycle. Training even when you don’t feel like it and staying consistent will make a big difference to your results on race day.

Maximize rest and recovery

It’s during sleep (not training) that training adaptations take hold. Other reasons not to cut sleep short: during sleep, your body produces hormones that boost your immune system; your heart, cells and tissues repair themselves; and memories are consolidated (meaning new skills are more easily recalled). Most of us know we should get more sleep, but actually getting it requires some effort. Try going to bed 15 minutes earlier than usual each night until the habit takes hold.

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