I haven’t always been fitness obsessed. I use to try to do yoga or so call “run” but I never had a passion for it because I didn’t think I needed it. I could never stay consistent enough to know If I truly loved it, or If I was just going through a “wanna be” phase. Fast forwarded to now, I can’t live without it!
I’ve taken some time… okay, fine! A lot of time off but the passion is still there when I get ready to take over the neighborhood. I’m going to share my 5 Running tips for learning how to love running. Think of it as a start guide if it’s something you want to really get into, but you don’t know where to start.
- Walk first! Before you run, you learn how to walk. Same applies to running as a lifestyle activity. When I started running, I didn’t know what muscles I truly had until the next day. I recommend stretching and walking first.
- Run at your own pace. Sure you’ll see other women or men run ahead of you. Remember, they have probably kept a consistent routine. Don’t try to out run to impress anyone. You’ll end up tired and you were only 10 minutes in.
- Get Proper shoes! There is no greater commitment than to pick up some equipment or shoes to make you do something. Get it fitted properly and make sure it’s snug on your foot. Tripping over yourself isn’t the best way to start this new lifestyle activity.
- Create a good playlist! Nothing says feeling the wind unless you have a playlist that gets you pumped up and ready to go! Add 25-30 songs on your playlist and add it to shuffle! This way, you don’t stop in-between songs to change it. (I know all about that and it changes the mojo)
- Create goals! I’ve talked before about my favorite running app Strava that my friend Michelle got me into. It tracks the distance for you so you don’t have to remember and it has goals of celebration each time you hit a mile. I was so proud of my 2.1mi for the longest. And then a few months later, I hit 7 miles within 30 minutes and I was so impressed with myself! It usually took me that amount of time to hit 2.1mi!
I hope my tips were helpful and If you are an avid runner, feel free to share your tips below so other’s can get great ideas! I’m always willing to try new tips and I hope to hear that you used a tip to help with your new lifestyle activity! Remember, It’s not about how fast you run or how many miles you’ve logged. It’s about how you feel and how many times you tell yourself to keep going when you want to stop. Let’s get it in!