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.
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.
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.
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.
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.