Beating Down Plateau In Running
When you start running regularly, you will discover the first few months are the most interesting as you begin to improve each day. With time, the activity tends to be much easier as distances begin to increase. This indicates that you are breaking new ground while you look and feel better. Most definitely, things cannot continue this way.
After a while you may begin to feel at a certain point that you are not improving. This form of stagnancy is referred to as a “plateau.”
Why Does Plateau Affect Runners?
There are several reasons why runners hit a plateau. Fatigue, excessive running or simply being burned out can lead to staleness and stagnation. Usually, plateau occurs like a small dip in form that indicates that you have reached the climax of your progression in what you are doing.
If you want to know whether you are experiencing plateau, there are certain signs you must watch out for. They can include general staleness, low motivation, aches and pain, lack of progression, tiredness, and a dip in performance. These are timely indicators that should be taken seriously. If after a couple of consecutive weeks, you keep noticing these symptoms, you would do well not to ignore them as they could lead to other problems like injuries.
How To Overcome It
A little period of transition and adaptation is required to beat it. Usually, you can get refreshed both physically and mentally when you take a short period of downtime to rest from your running. Depending on your nature and feeling, this period of rest can be done in any way. The way you will feel after a break will amaze you.
After this short period, seek out ways of changing your training routine. This can be achieved by trying some new workouts, exploring and searching out new run routes, challenge yourself to action and be adventurous.
Try to review your goals and objectives. Take time to analyze the importance of running to you and how you can improve on it. Finally, always try to remember that peak performance should ebb and flow.
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