I’m in desperate need of a face lift for my running playlist. The same songs play over and over, day after day, and I’m beyond bore.! I need help! What are your favorite songs to run to?
Over the weekend I ran the Turtle Krawl race down in Brevard County. Now this was the first time I've ran since, *cough*, August, plus I have been battling a cold, so I wasn't expecting much. I really wanted to do it to see my friend, Amy, get the awesome bling, and help the Sea Turtle Preservation Society. So we looked at it as a fun run and just enjoyed the day.
It was a beautiful morning for a race, even though I had to wake up at 4 a.m. to get to the start on time. Right before the start they announced that Sea World was bringing a rehabilitated sea turtle that they were going to release back into the wild. I was so excited to have the opportunity to see this, considering this is one of those once in a lifetime moments. The race was fun, we pretty much just caught up on what has been going on in our lives. It was a pretty big race, I heard around 2,800 runners, from elite runners to walkers, so no one felt left out. They also had volunteers with funny signs which always makes you smile and forget about the pain. After the finish line they had sponsor tents and lots of yummy food to refuel with. They even had vegan muffins, now that's a first!
After we walked around for a bit, we went down to the beach to make sure we got a good spot for the sea turtle release. It was truly one of the most magical things I have ever experienced and I'm so grateful for the opportunity. If any of you live in FL, I strongly suggest running this awesome race!
The following photos are from the photographer they had at the race and were free to download courtesy of Mark Patrillo and the race committee. Very classy move, not many races give you free downloads.
She was a beauty and I'm so glad she got to go home! :)
I always want to be honest and share my life and running experiences, good or bad. I believe sharing these life lessons will help put things in perspective for myself and hopefully others, and allow us all torealize we are not perfect and we are not alone.
For the past couple of months it has been very hard for me to get out and run. It started because my work schedule has been crazy; working in different cities, going in early, leaving late, and lots of overtime. By the time I work, drive home, and eat dinner it’s already 9 pm and I am too exhausted. Then I have an occasional weekend day where I go run, but it’s been so long that I’m gasping for air and getting side cramps. Not to mention I HATE the humidity here in the summer. So after a horrible run I get discouraged and feel like I lost everything I had previously worked up to.
So I have come up with some ideas to help me get out the door, and hopefully they can help you too!
1) Pinpoint the problem(s) – The first step to solving any problem is to find the source. Once you have narrowed down the issue you can make sure to take the appropriate steps to ensure it is no longer an issue. For me, my work schedule is getting in the way. I need to make sure I set time aside to run regardless of my schedule. A 30-minute run is better than no run at all.
2) Find your motivation – Sometimes we all just need a little push. For some, motivational quotes or Pinterest pins work. Others need a little more, maybe put $1 in a jar every time you work out and then buy yourself something special when you get to a certain amount. Or running for those who can’t run for themselves, that’s a great motivator and very uplifting for those you are running for.
3) Focus on the positive – Stop dwelling on running a slow pace or cutting your run short because you’re feeling sluggish. You’re going to have bad days, it happens, just remember it happens to everyone. Focus on the fact
that you got out there and did something and that tomorrow will be better. Just remember, hills and valleys.
4) Get new tunes – Just like getting a new hair style makes you feel better and puts a little pep in your step, so does new
music when you run. You can also find sites that list songs by their beat per minute so you can find what songs will keep you at your goal pace. So go ahead and revamp your playlist, you know you had some new songs you were dying to download.
5) Set small goals – Setting small attainable goals will help keep you motivated and accountable. Depending on your abilities these can range from running a certain amount of times per week/month, to running a new distance or certain pace. Once you achieve your goal, reward yourself and move on to the next. The sky is the limit!
6) Mix it up – Running the same route or doing the same workout can get monotonous and make you lose interest. Try changing up your route, add some intervals, or do some weight training. This change will spice things up and keep your mind and body guessing.
7) Get a buddy – Having a running buddy is probably the best way to make sure you’re held accountable for your runs. The last thing you’re going to want to do is make excuses and cancel on a friend. I know this isn’t ideal for everyone’s schedules, so try getting a friend through social media keep you accountable. Tell them your goals and check in with them every day to help ensure you’re staying on track.
8) Buy yourself something – Go ahead and get that Garmin you’ve been eyeing or those new running shoes. You’re going to want to test your new stuff out and the only way to do that is to get out that door and run!
How else do you get motivated to go run?