The launch of our virtual run challenges called Seasoned Runner, gave us cause to look at what we actually meant by the term ‘seasoned runner’. It would seem it means different things to different people.
So what makes a seasoned runner? When do you get to earn that title? Does it come after running so many miles, or running for many years? Does it come from running races, or achieving a particular pace?
Anyone can be a Seasoned Runner!
While seasoned to some might mean experienced or veteran – it can also mean ‘weathered’. Anyone that consistently runs in all seasons is most definitely a ‘seasoned runner’. Wet days, cold nights, humid evenings, frosty mornings – yep, you’re certainly a seasoned runner!
It’s not about how long you have been running – you could’ve been running for 10 years, but if you’re running inconsistently, does that even count? There are so many elements to running – speed, distance, elevation – all of which are as impressive as each other.
When we think of the term ‘seasoned’, we think of adding flavour to our favourite meals. A soup without seasoning is a pretty plain soup. Same goes with running. Doing the same thing can get pretty dull. Being seasoned is a mix of experiences rather than doing just one thing.
How do you become consistent in your running?
Planning ahead is a great idea and stick to it no matter what. At the start of the month, plan the number of miles you want to cover and break them down into the runs you want to do each week. Plan where you are going to run as well as how far.
We have more tips on how you can keep running during the winter months.
The idea behind our new virtual run challenges and a series of medals is to help keep you motivated to run consistently. By setting yourself a goal, you can focus on the joy of earning that medal each month and use it as an anchor to get you out there.
Benefits of consistent running
When you run consistently, you are much less likely to suffer from injuries, physical fatigue and poor performance. Following a plan of consistent running will be instrumental in increasing both your speed and your mileage. You will also see a vast improvement in your physical fitness. Your body will become accustomed to your regular workouts, and as a result, you will benefit in your everyday life.
Get Race Ready
While many races are postponed for a little while, running consistently will ensure that your endurance continues to improve, allowing you to run faster for longer. This will result in quicker race times – which is a massive incentive for many runners.
Back to Square One
Running with no plan is easy to dismiss, especially when the weather isn’t playing ball. However, putting off your runs can easily undo one week’s good work, which can put you back at square one. This hap-hazard way of running rarely leads to better performance and more likely to end in injury as you try and play catch up with the mileage you missed.
How can our virtual challenges help?
The aim of our new Seasoned Runner virtual challenges is to help you keep consistent with your running. It doesn’t even have to be running… you could mix it up with walking or even walk the lot! What you do is up to you! The goal is to keep consistent with your exercise and reward yourself for your efforts.
Inside and Out!
Want the comfort of a treadmill? That’s fine – you’re still keeping your steps up and your running alive. Keep track of your achievements – they all add up to that monthly goal.
Share the celebration with Strava
When you join the Seasoned Runner – Winter Series, you will have access to our Strava Group. This will help to motivate and celebrate your runs as you clock up the miles towards your goal.
Tell me more!
Want to know more about our amazing medals and Seasoned Runner Series? Well, we’re not messing around with these medals. They are 80mm x 65 mm with a stunning ribbon attached. Not only that but when you have all three, they click together to make one stunning medal! You can sign up now for our the entire Season for just £35.00. That’s for three medals posted out to you at the end of each month. Doors close on Monday 30th November for signing up for December or the complete medal series. Individual months are £15.00 each.
Click here for Seasoned Runner – sign up here!