How To End A Running Plateau

During training, runners often reach a point where their fitness level stops increasing. During an athletic career, athletes will experience natural flatlines, but these experiences don’t have to be a running setback. Individuals who understand their training plateaus can learn how to break through them.

Although many athletes believe a stall in training is due to a physical condition, this is not always the case. Many individuals can struggle to motivate themselves mentally when running, which can eventually lead to a physical flatline.

Individuals who are mentally tired should consider taking a few days off running. When these athletes resume their athletic activity, they should try to remain positive and consistently remind themselves why they enjoy running.

Runners should also be aware that too much mental focus could lead to running performance exhaustion. When individuals are too focused on goals or select unattainable goals, they are in danger of harming their motivation. Athletes should always have multiple goals at one time. This way, they can achieve several goals, boosting their overall motivation.

A running plateau can also be caused by over training. In this case, a body will need a period of recovery to repair from the recent stress of training. Luckily, runners who are in a standstill should begin by decreasing their running mileage by around 25 percent. However, if this doesn’t help their training efforts, an individual should stop running for one week.

Individuals often acknowledge that various components of exercise can lead to a plateau. However, many don’t understand that outside factors can also stop their running progress. Athletes must understand that inadequate sleep and poor diet can also harm their training. To avoid this type of training stall, athletes should focus on creating a healthy lifestyle, inside and outside of running.

For a body to progress, it must be challenged in different ways. For example, completing the same training program continually may help increase one’s fitness level at first, but eventually their body will stop progressing. In the running world, athletes often suggest altering a training program every two weeks.

In addition to running, individuals can use strength training to enhance their fitness level and avoid burnout. For example, athletes can complete bodyweight squats by standing with their feet hip distance apart, siting back until their knees reach a 90 degree angle. This exercise can be completed around eight times before every run.

Although many athletes have experienced a running plateau, they don’t have to be upsetting. When an individual understands why their endurance has leveled off, they can alter their training to enhance their fitness level.

Mackenzie Martin writes for Mettis Trainer. She is a writer at Fusion 360, an advertising agency in Utah. Find her on Google+.

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