As I’ve posted before, I’m becoming more and more of a runner (or at least trying to). But after my last half marathon nearly a month ago, I haven’t been too motivated to lace up those shoes and head out the door. Watching the hubs continue to train and work up to a marathon has been a bit of motivation but I still struggle to get myself out to hit the pavement. This is such a great network of supporters and motivators so I thought maybe some of you would like to join me. I’d love to connect with other bloggers who are either newbies or seasoned runners who want to network, keep each other accountable and share running tips.
Here are some tips and solutions that help me with some of my common running problems.
One of my biggest problems is fitting a run in to my schedule. I leave the house by 7:30 every morning and get home around 6. I like to have time in the evening to relax with Dan, make dinner, and watch some TV or read so I’m not a huge fan of taking an hour away from my evenings. I also love sleep more than anything (well not more than Dan but more than most things), so getting up early seems like punishment. So what’s a girl to do?!? I’ve decided that I am going to try to get up early to run every other day during the week and then try to run both Saturday and Sunday. This way I can run on the treadmill in the garage if I get up at 6, and still have time to get ready and head to work on time. On days where Dan's working, I will just plan to run in the evenings when I get home since I'll be home alone anyways. My schedule will vary from week to week, but I'm hoping to get at least 4 runs in every week with this schedule. I would love it if any bloggers want to join me, to help motivate me to keep to my schedule!
Who else hates how expensive a good pair of running shoes can be? It can get to be ridiculous. But, it’s also important not to underestimate the benefit to good shoes! According to several studies, a good rule of thumb is to replace your shoes every 300-400 miles. That means this girl is definitely ready for a new pair of shoes. But who wants to constantly dish out $100 for new shoes. One trick I’ve tried is once I’ve found a pair that I like and that work for me, I look online to try to find either last years colors or model of the same shoe. I can usually find an alternative color scheme for anywhere from $15-$40 cheaper than the store. It’s also a good idea to look at roadrunner.com to look at their endangered shoe section that has lots of last year’s models for a great price! I plan to check their site this week to order a new pair of kicks for myself! My latest favorite it the Saucony ProGrid Guide 6.
Nowadays there are very few people who don’t have a smart phone. I am the type of runner who likes to keep track of my pace (even though it isn’t very fast) and how far I’ve gone (even though it usually isn’t very far). The easiest way for me to do that is through different iphone apps. These apps can also work for other phones as well. The app I use most often is the Nike+ Running app. This tracks the distance of my workout, the time, my pace, and the calories I’ve burned. I like this app a lot because you don’t need to map your run first, it uses GPS to track the whole thing for you. Another app I really like for beginners is the 10k For Pink App. They also have a 5k, a half marathon, and a marathon for pink app. This is a great tool for those of you who are just starting your training. It breaks it down in three runs a week and for beginners starts you off with walking for a certain amount of time and then running for a certain amount of time. It’s really easy to follow, and motivating to see how much your endurance can build in a short period of time! Running would definitely not be as motivating without both of these resources!
I don’t know about you, but if I’m running by myself, I have to have music to keep me going! There’s no way I would have been able to finish Hood To Coast without my iphone. Finding the perfect playlist can be tough, especially because I get bored easily. One of the things I’ve found to work the best for me are Pandora stations. I like having the mix of songs, and I like not knowing what’s up next. Two of my favorite stations are Nsync station, and Pop and Hip Hop Power Workout Station (and yes I did just try to open my Pandora app in my office and ended up blaring a 3 doors down song…. Oops). Do you have any favorite Pandora stations to run to?
Any little thing that can help get me out the door and in to my running shoes is definitely appreciated. One of the most motivating things for me is having a running partner. I am lucky enough to have a husband who likes to run with me, but unfortunately we have been working opposite schedules so I am stuck running alone most of the time. Finding a running partner who runs the same pace, at the same time, and the same distance as you can be challenging. This is why I want to start a group who will just electronically motivate each other. If you’re interested in joining a group like this, please let me know J
My first step is going to be going for a run this evening when I get home! Since the rain has seemed to set in here in the Pacific Northwest, my plan is to grab my ipad, turn on a show via Netflix, and jump on our treadmill in the garage! Here’s to day 1 of getting back in shape!