Consistency is the key…

Julia Chi Taylor - Beach Running - 22nd July 2017

Julia Chi Taylor – Beach Running – 22nd July 2017

I was reflecting on this today as I jogged along the glorious playa here which seems to go on forever and ever. I am staying on the West Coast of Spain at the moment, attracted here by this beach… I believe it is 17 kilometers long.

It is very easy to train on; the ambience, the climate, the smooth flat sand, the energy and expansiveness…

As I was jogging along, I was thinking that to be consistent in our training it is important that we set up the lifestyle and the conditions that lend themselves to consistent practice – or at least that we are realistic about what level of training it will be possible to consistently carry out within the lifestyle we currently have …

I believe that consistency is the most vital ingredient for both success and enjoyment in sport…

Being ‘process driven’ too, rather than attached to the end result better allows us to continue along a path towards a goal in a consistent fashion, recognizing that it is within this path that we find the ‘jewels’.

The journey to the goal is where we gain the most… Both in terms of obvious conditioning and physical development; but also where we deepen the relationships with the friends we train with, with our coaches and physiotherapists and other body workers – and with everyone who is part of our ‘team…’

It is where we discover that when we truly connect to the joy of each step, we are more prepared to keep going, day after day, week after week, month after month…

The building process happens gradually, it cannot be rushed.

There are natural laws to physical gains; for instance for improvement in the function of our blood capillaries, for the development of more muscle; for increase in our strength, our flexibility, our agility and our pace; for building greater endurance…

All these changes within the body take time; it is impossible to rush them or speed them. In fact if they are rushed then the reverse can happen, fatigue, injury and a decrease in performance – and most certainly an inability to be consistent in training…

Consistency is the key…

Therefore when planning out the route to a big race, it is necessary to look at all the factors that could impact on a training schedule.

Taking an honest and realistic look at work commitments and family commitments, social commitments – as well as our current level of fitness is a vital first step.

Improvements occur when we repeat the same training week after week for a set period before review.

This is not always recognized, and a common mistake is to try to add extra mileage in too fast; or extra intervals or hope they will get faster each week…

Regular rest days and easy running days helps with consistency too…

Consistency isn’t difficult if these steps are taken first. When we know the plan set is achievable, the only issues to overcome might be occasional human resistance to stepping out of the front door…!

But this is much easier to overcome when the body is obviously gaining in strength and endurance, and all the other attributes that we see are helping us to achieve our goal…

About the Author: Julia Chi Taylor

About the Author: Julia Chi Taylor


Julia is an ex international distance runner.
In the late 70’s all through the 80’s and into the early 90’s she competed regularly for England and GB at distances from 5k to Marathon. Some of her best performances include winning the 1985 Dublin Marathon and finishing 7th woman (3rd British woman) in the 1986 London Marathon in a time of 2.36.31 where she was selected to run in the Commonwealth Games.

She still competes now as a master over 55, regularly winning her age group in races around the world. She’s was also part of the winning team for the national master X country championships in March this year, 2016. Julia has coached and mentored others to achieve their dreams in sport and life for the past forty years!

Read about her barefoot adventures:
Watch Julia chart her barefoot journey all over the world:

Julia’s Books:
Girlfriend For A Year
Running To Learn
Running Sussed

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