I have not always been a runner.
I have really only recently started considering myself a runner.
I would say that I have always been athletic, I have played soccer since I was a little girl. I played on travel soccer teams and my high school soccer team as well as a team that came in second place in the National competition! My soccer travels took me to lots of places for tournaments all over the United States and even to a exclusive training camp with the Chelsea Football Club in England!
I also trained with John Ellis (Asst. Coach for US Women’s National Team) , Paul Ellis and even Mia Hamm!
Can someone remind me next time I go home to Virginia to post pictures from back in my soccer glory days?? I promise you that you will enjoy pictures of me circa 1998 – 2002!
Aside from soccer I also played basketball in grade school and high school (but I didn’t like to dribble the ball so that was short lived!) and I also played lacrosse in high school and college (I only joined the team because I liked the idea of frolicking around the field in the cute skirts! And as you all know now, I love my running skirts!
While I was involved in all these competitive sports running was always emphasized from my coaches. As I got older I was given weekly ‘homework’ as to runs I was supposed to do to help keep in shape. I can honestly say now that it was something I never took seriously, but at the same time I knew being in better shape would affect my abilities out on the field.
Falling in love with blogging led me to fall in love with running at the same time. I am not sure whether it was just my age or the stage of my life I was in at the time but something for me just clicked, and I am so glad it did.
Since I have been posting recently about my long runs for my upcoming Chicago Marathon training I have received a few requests from readers about tips for those just starting to get in their running groove. Tomorrow is September (seriously, where did that come from??), which to me means the start of Fall, I figured it was time for a little Fall race season pump up post!
Here are some of my favorite running tips!
1- Bite the Bullet and Sign up for that race! Even if you don’t think you are ready, even if it is a distance you think is out of your reach, signing up for the race will motivate you more than you know!
2- Get your groove on! Good music always make my runs so much better and so much more enjoyable. It’s important to change things up every few weeks and make different playlists for different runs/moods! When it comes to running – Music Matters!
3- Run with a buddy! Anytime I have a chance to run with friends, I jump at it! Running with other people always makes the time fly by. It’s also a great way to up your pace by running with someone who is faster than you or help pace someone who is trying to improve their speed (which helps your running karma!)
4- Plan ahead! I like to plan my runs out a week (or in terms of Marathon training..Months ahead!) just so I know what to expect from myself workout-wise! It’s nice to know before hand which days I am going to run and which days I have off.
And as always, there is always space for some wiggle room if you need! Wiggle room is important in any training plan because no matter how well you plan ahead, life can sometimes get in the way!
5- Treat yourself to cute running gear! – When you are running or exercising in something you feel awesome in, you will be more likely to want to throw it on again and again (and enjoy the experience!). Whenever I find I product I love for working out I always treat myself. The feeling of working out is awesome with cute clothes on…let’s be honest! Can you really put a price on that??
6- You are your own worst enemy – Don’t compete with the rest of the runner out there in the blog world or in real life. I can guarantee it will pretty much drive you crazy! Compete with yourself and yourself alone. Set some personal goals for yourself (aim high!) and go from there.
7- Speed Work Works! Incorporate it into your workout as little or as much as possible. You will see results. Pinky promise!
8- Have Some Support (Not just in your sports bra!) – A big support group through your running trials and tribulations seriously matters. Whether it be friends online through other blogs and/or your loved ones IRL (in real life) – having someone cheering you on can make all the difference in the world!
Fiancé = Superfan!
Jackson is pretty supportive too. Let’s be honest!
8- Go Big or Go Home! I always sign up for another race either right after a race or sometimes even before I finish the one I al currently training for. I love having something to look forward to – Long terms goals seriously motivate me.
10- Don’t fear the ice bath. Trust me on this one. You will thank me later. Another pinky promise here folks.
Celebrate Your Successes! Be proud of your accomplishments and don’t be afraid to go for that extra mile! Always remember that you are a machine!
Maybe even Run Like You Stole Something!?
What are some of your favorite running tips??