Much has been written about the “rules” of running. Rules follow the perspective of “always do this” and “never do that”. I have a hard time following rules, but I do practice good running “habits”. The dictionary defines “habit” as “a behavior pattern acquired by frequent repetition or physiologic exposure that shows itself in regularity or increased facility of performance “.
You can improve your running performance by practicing certain habits. These habits can include any number of running related activities. Doing something onetime does not have an effect, but repeating a positive activity several times it will become a habit and then will yield results. Develop enough habits and your running will show significant improvement (in other words, it gets easier and you get faster!)
You need to repeat an activity several times over a three week period before it becomes a habit. Don’t try to adapt several activities at one time. Keep it simple, pick one activity, work on it for a week, then add another one. Repeat the activity the e a habit, then pick one or two more items to work on. Over time these things become habit and you become a faster runner!
One of the most important habits you can develop is to plan and track your activity. Here are some pointers: