Sometimes the hardest thing in the world is putting on your running shoes and getting out the door.
I grew up hating running, in fact I lost my school cross country because a friends and I chose to walk the entire thing. I just did not see the point in it, running sucked and it did not seem to love me so why bother. However all of the blogs that I read on a regular basis are written by women who run. Not only do they run but they started out as non-runners just like me. It really did motivate me to try running and see if I could actually start to tolerate it and maybe one day love it. So long story short I started to couch to 5k and found myself able to run, and I actually liked it (the change it had on my body helped that a lot). Now that I run every week I am finding myself in that slump where you need a little bit of drive each run or they all start to feel the same.
For me music is a huge factor. I know some people prefer to run sans ipod and have some meditative experience where its just them and their bodies, but that just doesn’t work with me. I need music and I need to change it a lot to make the run more interesting.
-One thing that helps is changing my music regularly. If you listen to the same playlist in the exact same order then it gets to easy to think about previous runs. I start thinking to myself ‘but the other day I was halfway down the street when Lady GaGa came on, damnit I’m slow!’ Changing it up makes the whole thing much more interesting and distract you from the actual run.
– Put music aside just for running. This sounds lame but I find that it really helps me out the door. I will download some new songs that I really love and leave them in a running playlist that I can only listen to when I am on the pavement. It is a little easier to go outside when I am thinking to myself ‘yay Legally Blonde soundtrack, if I run then I can listen to it’ (no seriously, great running music).
– Don’t be embarrassed about what you are listening too! There are some artists that I think are terrible and wouldn’t really have playing in the background at home, but when I run they are perfect. Listen to what keeps you going on the run and who cares is some people might think are lame.
– Cheesy songs are totally okay. Tunes like the theme from Rocky make you feel bad ass when you run. Secret shame, I like live versions because you can hear the audience cheering and I can pretend they are cheering for me… ahhh I am lame, but it works!
– Nothing wrong with singing out loud!
Songs I love to run too…
Pink – Raise your Glass
Pink – So What
The Killers – Mr Brightside
Christina Aguilera – Your Body
Lady GaGa – Bad Romance
Florence and the Machine – Dog Days are Over
Gossip – Heavy Cross
Ke$ha – Blow
Tina Turner – Get it On
Legally Blonde Soundtrack – So Much Better
Legally Blonde Soundtrack – Whipped into Shape
Jay Z and Kanye West – Ni**as in Paris
RENT soundtrack – Out Tonight
Goldfrapp – Alive
Cher Lloyd – Want you Back
Jay-Z – 99 problems
Miranda Lambert – Gunpowder and Lead
So I hope you have a super kick ass run!