April 1, 2014

Running Rambles


Today's post is the first installment of "Running Rambles".  I wanted to get back to postings a bit about my favorite fitness activity, running.  Lately I have been very inconsistent with my running routine, which has made each run less and less enjoyable.  

Ready for the excuses?... Well there was work, a minor toe surgery, and I guess just enjoying life (um this is called going out to dinner, maybe drinking wine).  Well enough excuses, I ran 3 miles yesterday, (not an easy run at all) my mini goal for the week is to complete 10 miles, which when you break it up by day, it's only 2 miles.  Sounds easy, right?  Well it is, but the most difficult aspect of running [for me] is motivation.  It's so much easier to go home, poor a glass of wine, relax with my two men and have dinner.  


So here it is, 5 tips for finding motivation:


1. MUSIC

My favorite music to listen while running is fast and upbeat.  Some of my go-to pandora stations are Afrojack, Skrillex and Avicii.  Some people like to run with relaxing music, but I just can't do it - I get bored.



2. FITSPO


  This is a controversial one, some say these expectations are unrealistic; that may be so, but they are a symbol of health (in my opinion, at least) and there is nothing wrong with viewing a photo for motivation.  Plus there are awesome motivational quotes on Tumlbr and great workout ideas on Pinterest.



3. BORN TO RUN
Four words: THIS BOOK IS AMAZING.  I absolutely love it, at first I wasn't sucked into it, but after a couple chapters, I was beyond obsessed.  It's a story of strength, overcoming difficultly and an uncontrollable passion for running.  I also have this book in audio, so I just listen to a few chapter when I need that motivational pick-me-up.



4. SCENERY

Running outside is my all time favorite form of running.  On a track I get bored with the mundane scenery, a treadmill is no better.  I love that every run outside you see different things, whether it be the view, people, or wildlife.  One time I was running on a trail behind my work and a dear jump out 10 feet in front of me, it definitely made my run a bit more interesting.


5. ACTIVE WEAR


Clothes, yes that's a pretty obvious one for me.  I love to buy fun, bright active wear.  My favorite places to find affordable workout clothes are Target and Old Navy.  Another one of my tips for trying to be frugal when shopping is , buy your running shoes in kids.  I know this won't work for everyone, but if you can swing it, you will save a lot of money.  I typically buy Asics from Amazon; I wear a 7.5 in women's which is a 5.5 in youth.


Do you have any motivational tips that typically help?

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4 comments:

  1. These are great tips, I'd never thought about buying running shoes from the kid's department!
    xo
    Tara
    shoesillneverhave.blogspot.com

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    1. I know, right? I randomly tried a pair on and the salesperson at Dick's told me that women's had the exact same shoe, just at a higher price.

      Thanks for stopping by!

      - Whit

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  2. Love these tips! Motivation is my problem as well. You should look into RockMyRun. It's an app you can download on your phone and people put together mixes of different genres that have different bpm (beats per minute). That way, you can decide if you want a fast run, slow run, or one that varies! And they don't use whole songs, but just pieces and put it together to create 30, 45, 60, etc. minute mixes!

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    1. I haven't tried it, but it sounds awesome! I use Map My Run and have been years, but that sounds much more interactive. Thanks for the tip :)

      xoxo
      - Whit

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