I'm a week into my Summer Run. I have been thinking about what's been keeping me going and I wanted to share!
Run With a Buddy
This really sunk in this weekend. When I don't have to go to work, its so much easier to hit snooze on the alarm or hang out with the kids in our pajamas. I had friends to run with both Saturday and Sunday this weekend. I couldn't leave them hanging at 7AM, so I had to get up!
Set a Goal
When I start running in the summer, I can't just jump into running the whole way! I set goals for myself. For example, I start by running a mile and walking a mile, or running two miles and walking half a mile, always building up as I progress. If you are running in your neighborhood, go one mailbox or one house further each day. It really helps to build up your endurance!
Wear Good Clothes
I think its fun to dress up for my workout at least a little bit. When you look good, you feel good. It's the same as dressing up for anything else that's important.
Stretch Before and After
It's such an easy step to skip but it's so important! I wasn't always a big believer in stretching, but it actually makes a huge difference before and after my workout. Stretching also helps with reducing soreness the next day.
Breathe Out Loud
I know it sounds crazy, but you have to remember to breathe! Sometimes, when I'm working hard, I tend to hold my breath. Breathing out loud is a constant struggle for me! But again, it makes a big difference and helps you keep going!
Keep logging your miles and let me know how you are doing on your fitness goals. My friend and fitness expert David Kirsch will also answer your questions. Ask us anything!