Hiii! My name is Alyssa. I blog at Life of bLyss, and I’m so excited to be guest posting for Colleen as she ties the knot.
I feel like a substitute teacher. Hi, class.
I like sparkly things (see above), comparing biceps, undercooked brownies, shakin’ mah boot thang, wine, and quoting Vince Vaughn movies.
I left something out.. I really, really like to run.
I also like Chris Brown. I like to run to Chris Brown. I found it only appropriate to title this guest post in his honor.
So many people out there walk around saying “I’m NOT a runner.” They assume some people are just born with extra little wings on their heels or jets on their butt.
I’m a runner. I don’t have any wings or jets. And as a kid, I used to cry when I had to run to train for field hockey.
Or maybe I cried because no one told me my Umbros are higher than my belly-button. I can’t remember.
I do remember when I joined the high school track team and laughed when my coach ordered a 1-mile warmup. One mile was not a warmup. One mile was a workout that afforded me 16 Oreos.
Now, my easy training days consist of an 8-mile run. And I don’t even cry.
After my college field hockey career ended, I needed a way to not feel like a lazy bum. I started a love affair with the elliptical in the school gym. When that got old, I started splitting my time between the elliptical and the treadmill. When I realized I got a whole lot more done on the tread, I stayed there.
And I never really stopped.
When I made some friends who convinced me to try a half marathon my senior year of college, I became an addict.
I’ve now completed 4 half-marathons, and I’m in training for my first full marathon. I’m psyched for the new challenge. I got transformed.
If I can do it, you can do it.
So, I present: Tips to Become a Runner
1. Distract yourself. I know this isn’t normal, but I can actually text while I run on the tread. I can also read a magazine. Or watch T.V. These distractions can be crucial on a day when I’m just not feelin’ it.
2. Start out slow. Don’t expect to tackle 2 miles if you’ve never run before. Start run/walking for a mile. Bump it up when that starts to feel easy, and start increasing little by little. It’ll always be easier if you pace yourself.
3. Drag a buddy with you. I used to beg my ex to run with me (he was never, ever happy about it, and it almost always ended with a fight, actually.. maybe I don’t recommend that). BUT having a buddy who also likes exercising or also wants to get in shape is a huge motivator. I don’t know what I’d do without Anastasia, and our runs are usually just a really, really long conversation.
4. Keep a log. Writing down everything you do can not only hold you accountable, but it can also really encourage you to keep on keepin’ on when you look at all you have accomplished.
5. Set a goal. Small goals each week are a great way to keep your eye on the target. Each Sunday, say, “I’m going to run ___ miles this week.”
6. Try a running group. This was a good thing for me to do after moving to a new area. Although I don’t partake often, it’s fun to mix it up and run with people who also have such a passion for the sport.
7. Change it up. Don’t stick to the same route, the same setting, and the same mileage over and over. Change up your routine. It’ll keep you feeling fresh and your muscles guessing.
8. Buy some sweet gear. If you’ve got some sweet workout gear that’s cute and comfortable, you’ll feel so much more motivated to put it on. And let’s be honest, once you put on the gear, you may as well just start sweatin’.
9. Make it fun. Make a game out of it. Make fun mixes to entertain yourself. Run where you can people-watch. Make it an adventure. 😉
10. Don’t forget to rest. Rest days are so, so important for your brain and your joints and muscles. My body hates me if I don’t take ample rest days. Plus, once you’ve had some time off, you’ll feel so much more motivated to get back into the swing of things.
I know that made you want to lace up your sneakers and run to Virginia Beach to pound some pavement with me. And I can always use running buddies… what are you waiting for? 😀