How’s it going? If you can’t tell I’m on the blogger struggle BUS. But, I’m adapting. Learning. Staying busy!
As I’ve mentioned before, I used to be a pretty avid runner. Nowadays, I love love love high intensity circuits and strength training. I went two solid years without running and have recently enjoyed sprinkling it back in! Especially now with school only leaving me about 20-30 minutes to break a sweat. I love that I can just add it in when I want, and its amazing to see how your body can maintain a baseline level of fitness, allowing you to jump from one thing to another! I say this with a grain of salt, because I’m by no means a fast runner, as I don’t train for that! But I know the strength training and cardio circuits I do allow me to pop outside every so often and bust out 2-4 miles. Any more than that and I might die unless I make running a bigger priority 😉
Someone mentioned running tips on the blog. So I thought it would be fun to talk about how I motivate myself to run.
10 Running Tips for the Casual Runner
- Don’t do it unless you want to. If running is your thing and you’re training for a race or something, then by all means, there are going to be days when you have to run and don’t want to. I used to be this person and even playing sports through school, I had the mentality of grinding hard and having discipline, even when it wasn’t fun. Now? I’m a nurse. I’m 10 other things that have NOTHING to do with my physical fitness. My job is to respect and love my body in a way that honors God. So if I don’t want to run? And I have no running goals? I don’t run.
- Sleep in your workout clothes. THIS is my biggest tip for running or working out early. Take out one step that could prevent you from getting out!
- Pick your time of day. Disregarding #2, if morning isn’t your thing, run in the afternoon! The idea of running in the cool, crisp morning air of the morning and coming home to breakfast makes me excited to run!
- Pick your scene. You mayyyy not have much choice in this depending on where you live. But right now, I can run right in the city or drive to Centennial Park for a beautiful view. Both are intriguing to me. Usually when I’m in DE I’m encouraged to run because being out in country fields on a run is just, awesome.
- Pick your jam. If you like to listen to music, have it ready! I can go one of both ways. Depending on my mood, I either run to worship music or really upbeat music. I know. Totally opposite. That’s the weird thing about running. It can be super intense or extremely relaxing.
- Don’t overdo it. With #1, I think I’m enjoying running so much now because it’s something different than my norm. I recently told my high school cross country coach that I’m a much better runner now, and run way less. His response was ‘you run now because you want to, not because you have to!’. SO TRUE.
- Pick a race. If you’re anything like me, if you have a goal, it makes it easier. I’m running in the Baltimore Running Festival and now that natural little competitor in me comes out. 😉
- Vary your runs. I don’t really want the pressure of ‘how many miles’ right now. So I just set out and say I’m going to run 25-30 minutes. If at 30 minutes I’m feeling’ it then I go for 40. But if not? No guilt. I just stop! Run with zero goals. Have some days where you run for your fastest 5k. Another day? Maybe a timed mile. Keep changing it up!
- Pick your crew. Or not. Are you a solo runner? I’m both. I can enjoy a run by myself with my own thoughts, but running with a friend makes it FLY.
- Shoes. Because ya’ll, shoes.
Are you a runner? Or would you consider yourself a ‘casual’ runner?
Do you have tips for running?