NATIONAL RUNNING DAY IS JUNE 3RD… TODAY!
IN HONOR OF NATIONAL RUNNING DAY, WE’VE PUT TOGETHER SOME TIPS TO HELP MAKE RUNNING (OR WALKING) STICK WITH YOU! WHETHER YOU ARE NEW TO RUNNING OR A WEEKEND WARRIOR, THESE IDEAS SHOULD SPARK YOU TO KEEP RUNNING IN YOUR EXERCISE ROUTINE. SO GRAB A FRIEND, GET OUT THERE, AND GET MOVING!
1. SIGN UP FOR A RACE!
Even if you have never been to a race let alone participated in one, committing yourself to a goal like this is great motivation to stick to a routine. Many races, especially 5Ks are intended for both running and walking. The financial commitment alone should help get you to the starting line. If you have a date on the calendar, it will allow you to plan your training. And if it’s your first time, try picking a local race; practicing on the course can also be a bonus!
2. TRACK YOUR PROGRESS!
Keeping track of your activity either by using an app or keeping an activity journal will help you see your progress and remind you of what you have accomplished. It’s a great way to know if you’re doing too much or if you need a nudge to get moving! Recording other factors such as: time, weather, food, and sleep can help keep you on track.
3. RUN WITH A FRIEND!
Make your run a social event- especially today! Celebrate National Running Day by bringing a friend with you. Finding a running group or enlist friends and family members to join you. Maybe you can motivate them to train for a race with you- having a companion holds you accountable for completing your goals.
4. START OFF SLOW!
Remember the phrase “slow and steady wins the race”? Allow yourself to run at a comfortable pace and build your endurance. If you’re running with a friend, try going at a conversational pace. If this is your first race, training may seem daunting. Try and go a little further or a little longer each time you run- this will help build your endurance.
5. CHANGE IT UP!
If you’re running on the treadmill, go outside! If you’re already outside, but running the same route, try making a left turn instead of a right. Another incentive may be a new pair of running shoes. Head to your local running shop to find the right pair and be sure to break them in before heading out the door.
6. BE PREPARED!
Sometimes life can get in the way of exercising, but planning your run the same way you plan meetings or lunch dates will ensure you get up and go! Take the time to put them in your calendar, but be realistic. Allow for time to get dressed or shower; if you’re not a morning person, schedule a run after work; and lay out your clothes and shoes ahead of time.