After a nearly two-year break, I recently started running again. I have a love hate relationship with running. I love how it makes my body feel so strong, I enjoy being outside and clearing my mind. But come on, blah, running.
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My relationship with running started in high school. I was literally “tracked” down by the head coach of the track team. (Ha. see what I did there…) My brother who is two years older was very fast and a good runner so when the coach found out he had a little sister all bets were off and I was on the team. I am a naturally very competitive person so I enjoyed being on the team, but once highschool was done, my ambition for running went out the window. Don’t get me wrong, I still enjoy it but lose interest easily.
I go through phases where I run for a while, get bored and quit. (or the weather gets too cold or too hot). Let’s be honest, I’m a very fussy runner.
I find that varying my runs really keeps my interest. I often get stuck in a rut and run the same route, mixing it up keeps it more fun. I also find that having cute running outfits motivates me. I know, I know! That’s terrible right? I have no shame, I don’t care! I know I’m not the only one who feels more like working out if they are excited about their outfit. I’ve rounded up some of my favorite workout pieces. (I also do Barre3 about 3-5 times a week)
(number four and six are on SALE!)
Here are some things I have found helpful to get back in the groove of running.
Vary your route. I guarantee you’ll quit if you get bored.
Find a buddy, or better yet a running group. Contact your local running store and they will for sure have a running group you can join. Sticking to a fitness plan is much easier when other people are holding you accountable.
Make it a challenge. My husband and I once made a challenge who could run 50 miles first (not all at once. I’d literally die.) We would mark our miles on a chart and the first to tally up to 50 miles (you can use any number) got to spend $50 on themselves. I won by the way #rockstar.
Wear appropriate shoes. If you’re running on trails, invest in a good pair of trail running shoes. I’ve always trusted Brooks with my feet. And make sure your shoes actually fit! Sounds silly, but people wear ill-fitting shoes all the time. Hello blisters!
Listen to your body. Take walk breaks. If something hurts, rest. If you have a side ache/cramp- stop and work on your breathing to get it to relax.
Increase your distance each time. Even if it’s by 20 feet. By going a tiny bit further each time you’ll be surprised how far you can go.
Wear clothes that make you feel good. Sounds silly and vain right? But 95% of people feel more motivated to run if they are wearing a cute outfit. (just kidding, I made that statistic up, but it’s probably true!)
What do you do to get and STAY motivated to workout?