BY : MARK COHEN • run • 05.04.2023
Running is a product of routine. Two years ago, I could barely run 10km without stopping. On Sunday, I clocked another 50km week. So how to get from point A to point B?
Here are some ramblings on the ritual of running routinely and how to do it for longer.
Communicate intent with preparation.
Running requires leaning in. You must commit to it, which often means doing it at off-hours and on weekends. Doesn’t matter the distance – you can be an avid 5K-a-day runner or more. But most would agree there’s a certain amount of discipline required to make it a part of your daily life.
For me, running happens in the morning. I can run 10km easy on a glass of water, so the pre-breakfast time of day doesn’t bother me. But how to find that morning motivation? My run usually starts the night before with a well-rehearsed routine. I check my watch, lay out some kit, untie my shoelaces, find my keys and give my headlamp some juice. I make preparation part of the routine – a mental checklist to complete – so that I can simplify and do more running free of obstacles.