I like love running. This morning, I got myself super excited for a 7 mile mile run before it started raining. I’m lucky to have a 4 mile running route a mile away from my house. Because all I had to do was get my running gear on and GO!
But once we got to running, the wind decided to come out and play. 27 mph winds, 7 miles? Not happening. I was lucky enough to get a little over 3.5 miles. Hardest thing to do is run into the wind.
When I got back, I did my arm routine because I’m not going to have time to do it tomorrow! A little birdy told me that I’m going hiking tomorrow! So I will definitely have an awesome post on that! YAY!
And look at what we had for lunch yesterday! Not exactly 100% healthy or anything, but hey, lots of green for St. Paddy’s day!
2 boiled eggs and a grapefruit. Perfect.
Oh, and some almond butter found its way to my mouth.
How Do I Stay Motivated to Run?
I don’t always.
It’s hard to lace up your shoes and get out that door. Its much easier to just stay put…
And its definitely going to be harder for me to go running again since my run this morning was not a good one.
But you have to push yourself out the door and once you’re out, just start and don’t even think about it.
Tips For Staying On Track
1) Plan out your runs for the week:
I used to be the person to just do a spontaneous workout. But I started to find out, that I wouldn’t get things done. I made myself and my friends a workout plan that keeps us on track…I will share with you guys!
I had actually made them a list of my favorite workouts, and then made this plan. I know it keeps me on track!
2) Sign up for a race!
Go to Active.com and look up a race in your city and sign up for it! 5K’s are the most popular. I’m doing one on my birthday in 3 weeks. EXCITED!
3) Buy it, Say it, Do it
Go to TjMaxx, Target, Marshall’s, Victoria Secret, Dick’s Sporting Good, Trak Shak, or Academy and BUY a new piece of workout gear! Whether it be running shoes (highly recommend you to get fitted for the right shoe), a sports bra, a pair of shorts, a new top, socks, a GPS watch, or whatever, just buy it and say you will run. If you say it, DO IT! I learned that from Fit Chick In The City when I first started following her blog. And if you buy something and go sweat in it, you have to keep using it. No wasting!
4) Find a Buddy…or a dog.
Grab a friend or your pet and get after it! Have someone else there for accountability.
I like running with my dad because, well he’s great company (love you Dad), but he motivates me and holds me accountable to what I say I want to do.
5) Go fast!
Okay, if I just ran 2-5 miles at 10:00 minute pace all the time, I would hate running too. I would get pretty darn tired of it, as a matter of fact. So, as you have seen on here, I like to do track workouts and they don’t have to be done on a track! You can do them on a treadmill too. I have a handy dandy Garmin, so I can pretty much do mine anywhere. I love 800m repeats which is 1/2 mile.
If you are not too advanced with running and looking for something fun to do on a treadmill or track do this:
- 1 mile warmup, easy pace, stretch
- 8X200m (or .12 miles)
- 1 mile cool down
If you are advanced and need something to get those fast twitch muscles workin’ then try this:
- 1 mile warmup followed by a couple of strides
- 4X800m, jogs in between each one @ 5k pace
- 4X200m, jogs in between each one @ a little under 5k pace
- 1 mile cooldown
You will notice how quickly it will fly by. My cross country coach made us do 12X200m a few times and it’s not really that hard…and it flies by just like that! But it definitely gets your heart rate up!
And I’m not a running coach, so do make sure you are capable of doing these workouts such as ask your doctor or physician.
I hope you liked these tips!
Now go run!!!
- Have you ever tried to run in the wind like I did today?
- What did you have to eat for St. Patrick’s Day yesterday?