Running has never been my thing. In fact, running is a sport I struggle with doing consistently. I just am not that fast. I wish I was faster, but apparently wishing isn’t enough to actually make me go faster.
For the past month or so I’ve made a strong effort to train for the 10K Monster Dash that I am signed up to run on Saturday, October 26th, 2019. From today, that’s basically TWO MORE WEEKS!!!
Here are 3 things I’m doing for the 6 weeks of training, to keep myself motivated and moving and running!
Tip 1: Schedule my runs in a special “Training” Google Calendar
I am committed to running 3 days a week and I realized I needed to actually see each run in my calendar. The color I use for my training calendar is yellow. Yellow represents energy and the sun, and when I see the yellow in my calendar I smile!
In the entry for each day I run, I additionally put how many miles I will run for that session. I run on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. Then on the other days I walk my dog Sam for at least an hour a day. Yes, Sam does most of my runs with me, to his delight! I do core and butt strengthening exercises on the days I don’t run.
Tip 2: Listen to ThinkUp mantras about what a strong runner I am
I mentioned a few weeks ago that I purchased the ThinkUp app and I’ve recorded lots of short mantras about running and keeping my mind focused on my strength and skill with running. I don’t talk about my speed in my mantras. Instead I focus on how good I feel while I run and after I run. I talk about my pace and how good it is for my body.
It’s a great app. I strongly recommend it!
Tip 3: Put on my run clothing and get out the door – one tiny step at a time
I can easily talk myself out of going for my run. I don’t love to run early in the morning and sometimes running after I get home from work feels virtually impossible. I’m tired. I’m cranky. I just want to rest. Can you relate??!!
Over the years I’ve learned to NOT think about the run. Instead, I break it down to tiny, tiny steps. I keep my running gear in a bin in my closet. I go put on my running clothes. I fill my water bottle. I make sure I have Smarties in my training pack I wear around my waist while I run. (for emergency low blood sugars, which happen on occasion while I’m running.)
Then I leave the house. I always start with a 2 to 5 minute walking warm up. That helps me get into the moving groove. I rarely listen to music while I run, since I do USAT triathlons and you can’t listen to music when doing the event, and I like to be ready for that! Then after 2 to 5 minutes I start running!!!
There you have it, those are the tips and strategies I use to get out the door and get running! Let me know what YOU do to get going! I love hearing your stories too.
My 10K happens in two weeks and I will have a race report after the race!!