Okay, first things first – I am NOT a runner. I was in Track and Field in junior high, have always been fairly athletic, but never a distance runner. I envied people when they would be able to whip out 3 or 4 miles without any problem. Why couldn’t that be me? Was it because I was flat footed (probably not, but I still believe this has something to do with it). I often felt pretty discouraged when trying to run and I did not like it.
I had several goals for myself this year, some personal, career oriented but some were fitness based. I like to do all different types of workouts, but my favorites are boxing, spin and yoga. I told myself that this year I had to do one of three things: 1. Get certified to be a yoga instructor 2. Get certified to teach spin 3. Run a half marathon. Since the first two require a huge time commitment, I opted for #3 and I began to train. Here are a few things that helped me get on the path to run a half:
- Be grateful. If you have the ability to use your legs, be thankful that you are able. Be willing. I constantly am trying to fight through the urge to stop running with thoughts like “some people don’t have this privilege, so use it and use it well.”
- Find a good playlist. I cannot stress how much this helps me – whether it is worship, hard rock or rap, find what makes you move. My playlist is titled “I WOKE UP IN BEAST MODE” and features a lot of Kanye West, Drake and Lil’ Wayne.
- Get a fitness tracker. I have an Apple Watch, and I love it, but there are some things I wish it did that it does not. I have friends that have Fitbits and love them, but any type of tracker that measures heart rate is beneficial.
- Find a friend that will hold you accountable. If you are not the type of person that is going to hold yourself accountable, having a running buddy would be good for you. You’ll be more inclined to not bail because you don’t want to let that person down.
- Have fun with it! On my run, instead of trying to focus on how much fun I am NOT having, I try to look around at my surroundings and enjoy the scenery. I run in a neighborhood most of the time and love real estate, so primarily I am looking at how gorgeous houses are and any changes I would make if it were my own.
- Get an app. I use the Couch to 10K and it helps with setting goals in intervals for you run. I would aimlessly run and just stop when I got tired, and I wasn’t pushing myself. They have other options like Couch to 5K, or if you are a more advanced runner you can start in the middle of any of the training programs (which is what I did)
Stay tuned for when + where the half marathon I decide to run is, but I hope that you find some way to make a goal for yourself and stick to it. You can do it!
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