5 Ways to start running

Hey guys! I hope you’re having a super productive Sunday. Isn’t there something just so refreshing about a new month? Everyone always loves a good fresh start, and that seems to be something that always helps jumpstart some new goals. Maybe I’m just a crazy goal setter, but I like to start off the month with some goals in mind to try and tackle for the upcoming month ahead. Maybe you’re thinking of making a year-end goal. (You do know, we’re officially HALF WAY through 2017….isn’t that craziness?) Well, maybe your new years resolutions didn’t quite take off as you planned, but never fear! It’s never too late to set new goals and start all over again! Maybe you’re interested in starting to take up running this month! If so, I’ve got you covered with a few of my favorite tips to get you laced up and running out the door in no time.

Sign up for a race! (at least 6-8 weeks in advance!)

Get yourself a shiny new race to sign up for in the coming weeks. If you’re in Arkansas, make sure to check out www.arkansasrunner.com to find their calendar of ALL of the upcoming races. They have them literally all the time, so you’re guaranteed to find one to get signed up and trained for. I know it seems a bit serious to sign up well before you’re even considering yourself a “runner” but trust me it does the trick to get you up and out the door! Plus–no pressure in any way to run the entire race! Just being in the environment of other runners makes such a huge difference in creating a new love and enjoyment for your new hobby! Races are my absolute favorite thing ever and motivate me more than anything. Not to win, just to have fun and soak up the race day vibes!

Make sure to have plenty of time in advance though. Don’t do anything crazy and sign up for a marathon tomorrow or anything nutty like that, okay friend? Start off with your first ever 5k! 5ks are such fun and usually have great themes with fantastic local fun along the way, and I am a major fan! Plus, that distance is the perfect way to start off your weekend! Signing up for a race somewhat concretes your commitment to your goal ahead and gives you the extra needed motivation on those days where you’d rather skip.

If you don’t want to go in all 5k race day extreme–

Start with a FUN RUN!! They really are more fun than they’re running usually and that’s an awesome way to start your love for running! You want to truly ENJOY this new hobby and find ways to make it enjoyable as much as possible. No one likes to dread their workout, so make it fun! I’ve done a color run before and it was an absolute blast! We got messy, colorful and sweaty which was of course a good time!

Get a friend to commit with you! Or join a running group!

Everything’s easier with a partner, right? They go through those tough runs right alongside you or drag you out of bed bright and early when your comfy bed is calling your name. They celebrate with a cold drink after a hard run and sit on the ground for 30 minutes afterwards trying to come up with ideas of how to teleport your car to you instead of having to walk back to it another 50 feet after that long run. They talk you into crazy things like signing up for a 5k and a 10k all in one weekend or do that foam race coming up next weekend where you are surrounded by bubbles and crazy running fanatics! Trust me, running is way better with friends if you can find another friend into this crazy hobby–grab them and keep them forever! The accountability of having a running friend or group that you tag along with makes a world of difference in the long run. Because without a doubt, there WILL be days where you are just 100% convinced running isn’t going to happen but said friend convinces you otherwise making you 100% happier afterwards you didn’t back out on them.

Start with intervals and increase your distance

Find a training plan that you can start off slowly with. You absolutely can’t just jump straight into running a whole mile when you’ve not been truly training for it. So, start with intervals! No shame in walking intervals AT ALL! I am a major fan of walking intervals as they help save your legs and help you build your endurance at the same time. Following a plan like this one will help you make progress in your own time. Feel free to adjust however your body needs you to. I also like to do things like mailbox intervals where if you run in the neighborhood, run one mailbox length and then walk the next, then repeat for x amount of time. You get the idea!

Start with just a few days a week!

Set your goal of just running 3 days a week to start off with! Maybe even 2 if you need to! Trust me, starting a little is better than not starting at all! Plus, you’ll start seeing progress in no time!

You’ve got this! Make it fun, and enjoy it! I promise you’ll be flying through the miles in no time and won’t ever look back! Running is truly a great workout but for more than just physical reasons! You’ll get to learn more about yourself and your inner strength than you’ve ever known before, and I can’t wait for you to fall in love with it!

Questions for YOU:

(Comment below!!)

1) Have you ever done a fun run before?

2) What’s the longest distance you’ve ever run before?

3) Did the sports you play as a child translate into your adulthood?

MOST definitely NOT. I used to despise running more than anything when I was a kid/cheering competitively in high school. I even had running induced asthma. Look at me now, paying my way into races to run longer distances than I drive most of the time. Ha!

As Always, From Chelsea