HOW TO LOVE RUNNING

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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.

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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:

    1. 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.”
    2. 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.
    3. 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.
    4. 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.
    5. 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.
    6. 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)

 

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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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