Hello divas! I hope that your week is going well so far. Mine has been good. Just getting back on track from last week’s lazy staycation (which was much needed!). But I am feeling well and ready to head out for a run on this Global Day of Running.
If you are a regular reader of this blog you know that I love my runs and that I have been thrilled to get back to running (albeit slowly) after breaking my ankle over the winter. It is my favorite form of exercise and has changed my life in the 4+ years that I have been doing it regularly.
But I will be honest. I am not always as enthusiastic about running as I should be. At the moment, I am in fitness building mode with a lot of shorter runs up and down my street. But running can truly be a blast. So today I am sharing some more running tips for beginners and some easy ways to make running fun.
Change up your playlist. I have to admit that I am a creature of habit. One of the things I always do is to listen to the same music over and over while I am out running. This week, I sat down on iTunes and downloaded some new music to mix up my routine. I even found myself with a little extra bounce in my step while running to a new song.
Run with a friend. I find that a lot of times I am running alone. While this works for me most of the time, sometimes it is more fun with a running buddy. I know I do better in larger races where I am surrounded by others. It doesn’t even have to be of the human variety. Though my dog is small, it is fun to do a short and fast 1 miler with her from time to time. I also love this if it is possible to get said friend to dress up with you.
Take a rest. Overtraining can be an issue if you are not careful. When training for long distances especially, you do need to be out and running several days a week. But running every day and doing no cross-training or rest can lead to the boredom mentioned above – or even worse. Injuries can sideline you from meeting your running goals. Take a rest day to recharge. Or take a day of weights or cross training. It is good for both your mind and your body.
Change of scenery. One of my biggest problems is that I tend to run the same routes over and over again. A way to make running more fun and interesting is to change-up the route. This could mean another route around the neighborhood. It could also mean taking the scenic route and hitting the trail instead of the road. Just go a different way. When I plan my races, I try to do some local ones as well as some that I have to travel a bit for. This allows me to see other parts of the country and get my running in at the same time (hello Vegas Strip at night).
Be prepared. I will be the first to tell you that being caught unprepared during a race or a long run is not my idea of fun. It actually makes it quite uncomfortable to run out of fuel, have a drastic change in weather pop up or an unexpected digestive or female issue occur.
Dress up. One of my favorite ways to make running fun is to dress up. I don’t mean a full-on costume (though I do sport those from time to time depending on the race). I always seem to have more fun when I take the time to find a great outfit to run in. Whether it is a pair of capris in a great print, a fun top or a girly looking running skirt (which I love to run in by the way), great clothing really helps give me a push – especially in my races. Heck I even match my compression socks or sleeves to my outfits if I can lol.
Pick fun races. When it does come time to choose a race to run (whether it’s a simply 5K or a half marathon), find fun ones that work for you. Are you a Disney fan? Try running one at Disney World or Disneyland (they are fantastic). You like to travel? Rock n’ Roll Marathon series has races all over the world to choose from. Want something short and fun? Color Runs are a blast to participate in (and only 5K). Whatever you like, there is probably a race out there for you.
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More Running Tips for Beginners:
- Run-Walk Method
- Why You Need a Good Training Plan
- Choose Your Next Race
- Reasons to Start Running
- How NOT to Train for a Half Marathon (or other big race)