Run it Out

We’re in the midst of getting our run on this summer (something we’re very excited about actually happening this year), and although we’re sort of new to this, we wish someone had broken it down a bit for us when we started! Here are G&M’s personal tips for starting to get into running!

1 // Cute & Comfy Gear

I hate to say it, but working out with cute clothes is just so much more motivating, amiright? It’s at least the first step for getting the courage to get out there, and it might be a tad superficial – but damn does it work. This goes for comfort as well. If you’re starting a new routine, get some new shoes that will accommodate for it! This can lead to being much more successful in your stride and keeping your joints safe. A_Piece_of_Toast_Athleta_140530-613715621823_afc041ccaf_b

 

2 // Have a Goal

We’ve been finding it much easier to keep with a routine if we have a specific race in mind. A couple of years back we did the Color Me Rad race together and loved every second of it. This weekend Reg is doing her first 10K, and in August Christa will be doing the 5K Lobster Loop in our home town. Having that single race in the back of your mind will keep you going for months.

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3 // Find your Groove

Whether it’s running with a friend, finding an app, or listening to Reg’s bomb-ass playlists, the best way to work out is a way that makes you happy. If you’re trudging along, just trying to get some more miles in, maybe long-distance running ain’t yo thang. You may be more comfortable with sprints or intervals, which make the time go by much faster! And vice versa, distance running can be a really meditative experience if you let it be.

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4 // Listen to your Body

Sometimes you’ve just had a long day, the weather is hot and sticky, and your front door knob just fell off (this happens to Reg all of the time). Pushing yourself on a day like this can sometimes be brutal. You can fatigue easily, get lightheaded, etc. Make sure to know when your body has simply had enough, and be done with it — hey, at least you got yourself out there in the first place. You can push your limits on another day when you’re feeling more motivated.

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5 // Eating Right, Hydrate & Stretch

This is so important for the longevity of your routine. You ain’t gonna break those goals with a belly full of chips, cotton mouth and tight hamstrings — it’s science. So prior to setting to the pavement, be sure to drink several glasses of water throughout the day, as well as your daily dose of fruits and veggies. Post run, be sure it stretch it out. Some of our faves are pigeon pose for the hips, the classic hurdler stretch for hamstrings and calves, and either a standing or kneeling quad stretch. Running also has a tendency to deteriorate muscle, so while you’re on the ground stretching, you might as well bang out some bicycle crunches and pushups.

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Happy Weekend

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Wait a minute. Is that? Yes, yes it is. It’s the sun I see shining through the window. After a week of some seriously drab weather in New England, I’m so pleased to see Mr. Sun once again. Hopefully it holds through the weekend for all of us, and we can enjoy being in the great outdoors! Now in case you’re wondering, Christa sadly is not blogging these links from Italy, but instead prepped them ahead of time (like the true over-planner that she is – love you, boo!).

Hope you all have all have some glorious weekends ahead of you!

cct // An interesting read on making the decision between “must” & “should”

rkv // I found this pretty free downloadable calendar for May. Perfect for you desk!

cct // Art & science combining – my kind of story! Rachel Sussman’s photographic book documents continuously living organisms 2,000 years old and older – so cool! This video gives a brief description of her journey!

rkv // This “Flowerfetti” cake is so pretty! And I know some body who has a birthday coming up.. hint hint, wink wink

cct // Pucker up gals!

rkv // I’m only in my first week of training for my 10k in July, but so far I’ve found this schedule really helpful!

cct // G&M does Tulum? Here’s to hopin’ (and saving some $$)!

rkv // Smoothie season is upon us! And these look positively divine.

Happy Weekend!

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I stumbled upon this image the other day and fell in love – it’s gorgeous and so appropriate for today! As you may have guessed, I’ve been pretty busy (and a tad stressed) getting things together for my trip, but I’m trying to just let go and let it happen (not so easy for a control freak) – and it’s going surprisingly well! But I am ready to get going…so Ciao, friends! I hope you all have fantastic couple of weeks while I’m gone – but first and foremost a great weekend! Check out our links and enjoy this beautiful Friday…xo G&M

cct // Just the cutest video about taking portraits of chickens…

rkv // I’ve been finding myself having a slight lack of sleep these days (which I’m sure has nothing to do with Pinterest), so I found this little beauty tutorial super helpful!

cct // Umm yes, I definitely want her job! Also, how did I not know this series existed??

rkv // Somehow my crazy friend Xiao talked me into doing the Narragansett 10k in July. I’m pretty awful at running, breathing has always been the most difficult part. If you guys have any tips I’d love to hear ’em!

cct // Wait, whattt?! I hope my hair is long enough!

rkv // I’ve been craving quiche for like a month. For some reason I haven’t gotten around to making any yet, but this deep dish recipe may be happening this weekend.

cct // Fingers crossed that the weather will be this good when we stop by Cinque Terre (first photo)!

rkv // I must admit, my house is a little gross right now. Four girls in one abode, all with full time jobs, things get a little dusty! For once I don’t have a much planned this weekend, so it may finally be time to crack down and deep clean.