10 good reasons why, how, and when I run 5km every day or try to at least. I have been running for 10 years now and these are the 10 reasons why and when I run every day.
I do not do this throughout the year;) but only during special seasons.
1. RUN ON HOLIDAY
It helps me to clear my head and I do it early in the morning and for the rest of the day, I read and sleep.
It is great to do because it keeps your fitness up and for the rest of the day you can enjoy the holiday fun.
2. WHEN SICK
This does depend on how sick you are, you have to adjust to that.
If I am sick and I cannot make the 5km either as a walk or a run, then the very least I do is a slow walk around the block.
3. 5 KM IN THE HEAT
The best way to make this sustainable is to do it at the best time of the day according to the season.
We park the bikes, run, and then return for the swim before cycling home again.
I mostly do it during our summer vacation, which is about 3 weeks long. Because it is so hot, I get out of the house early.
I know then that the rest of the day is free to either go exploring or read and sleep. This works for me.
4. BUILD EVERYDAY ROUTINE AND REWARD
Because I do this in summer, I also like to build in the rewards. This makes a break in the usual scheduling of running when I am training for a race.
There are two things that I like to do. Usually, I go for a swim before heading back to the house. This is such a treat because I cannot do this at home or usually during my travels. I then don’t feel like it is a chore.
You do have to be prepared for this though because not all running gear is suitable for swimming in. Trust me, I have tried;)
When you have gotten yourself sorted, you will love to do this.
The other reward is to go to a Café and enjoy breakfast there. I recently ran to the next village, took a quick swim and shower at the water’s edge, and then met my husband for breakfast. It was great!
Build a treat in too, it’s well worth the run.
5. DO NOT MEASURE THE RUN
It does depend on your reason for doing this but I do not measure all my runs on holiday. I usually LOVE to measure my runs, but on holiday, not always! I do not usually use my Garmin tracking but rather use my Adidas tracking on holiday. Both are good, but I like to have a break and switch it up.
I get an idea of distances and time and then I set out. When I leave, I sometimes feel like running faster and other times slower. I purposely do not plan, I just go. Deciding at the door or on the go is half the fun.
6. LOOK AROUND EVERY DAY
Part of the reason I do this is to take the pressure of training off of myself. I do need to replace it with something else though. My preferred choice is to take in my, often new, surroundings.
I love seeing the world wake up. The holiday places look very different early in the morning when everyone is still asleep. When the tourists are out and about, the place looks completely different.
7. BE FLEXIBLE WITH 5KM
It does depend on your fitness, health, and reasons for doing this but be very observant of what is happening in your body.
For some people, the risk of injury may increase.
For others, this is not the case, and doing this improves their overall health and well-being.
Always listen to your body. Look after your body because running and associated health benefits only work if you are consistent.
8. JOY AND ENJOY THE RUN
Remember this is something to enjoy and maintain your joy. If this is not enjoyable for you, then do something else. I love this and enjoy being able to do this because, in my normal life routine, this would never be possible.
Sporting and moving your body should be something to keep you fit and healthy. Find what you love to do and do that.
For me, it is running every day but I have friends and family members who prefer to walk or cycle.
9. HAPPY OR NOT
Happiness is the high you get after your run. Enjoy this benefit even if you walk or cycle. This is so valuable to me, I am a much happier person when I run.
This is true for me whether I am on holiday or at home.
It releases stress every time. Give it a try.
I do not do this or advocate this over long periods. This is something to do for a short period, build flexibility, and maintain joy.
You can overdo anything and allow it to become an obsession – don’t allow that with running. When you find you have to do this and you get stressed out when you cannot, then beware!
Even when you are training and you need to take a break, do so.
You will know deep down, if it is laziness or if it is your body crying out for a break. Rest is a very important part of any good training program. Every training program has a rest day built in. When and how you rest is flexible according to the goal and ability of the trainee.