Thursday, May 12, 2016
5 Tricks for Getting Hooked on Running
I'm new to this, I know, but I also have the attention span of a hummingbird when it comes to anything but teaching and reading so the fact that I've been on fire for running for over a month is a good sign.
Here are my hints for getting hooked:
1. Find a time of day you like to get out of the house. For me, in hot-ass Texas, it's definitely as early in the morning as I can swing. Typically that's around 7:45, after I've dropped my kiddo off at school. As we creep into summer, I may resort to getting up at 5 a.m. to get it done before the sun starts blazing.
2. Find a route you like. I'm all about city streets. I don't care for walking on tracks or treadmills because boredom will take me down quick. I'd rather see scenery passing by. As it is, I have a specific route around my small town with lots to see, and a nice mix of uphill and down with the downhill slide taking me home at the end of my workout.
3. Speaking of routes, find a short one and a long one! I use my long route for my morning walking/running, and I have a short route for when I feel a burst of energy during the day or if I start getting stir crazy. A trip around my block is almost exactly 1,000 steps, so if I want to push myself on a daily FitBit challenge or just get out for some air, I'll circle the block until I'm ready to stop.
4. Make a couple of ass-kicking playlists! I need muuuusic. If it's a walking day, I can get by with podcasts, but if I'm running, I need a wicked beat. I recently ditched my subscription boxes (makeup, comics) and picked up a premium subscription to Spotify. I've crafted a couple of my own playlists, and I occasionally listen to Spotify's tailored running playlists. I also like that with a premium subscription I get unlimited skips, so I can romp through any playlist at my whim.
5. Buy some running clothes. I downplayed this aspect of running to myself for a while. I spent a good four weeks in ratty tees and sweatpants. That was fine when it was cool outside, but now that the weather is heating up, I really want some capri-length leggings, and even though my arms have always been a point of self-consciousness, I do not care. I NEED TO BE COOL. Hello, tank tops!
What are your tips for getting motivated to work out?