I think I arrived on a Tuesday morning and the group run I planned to attend was that very Tuesday evening. In hindsight, trying to go on a group run in a city I wasn’t familiar with on my day of arrival was dumb. I was super jetlagged and tired,and had no sense of direction, but I’m too stubborn for my own good sometimes. I was in London and didn’t want to waste a second of my time there. Plus, the hostel smelled weird and wasn’t exactly the most comfortable place to rest.
I’ve heard other running coaches say yoga isn’t “running specific” because it doesn’t mimic running and thus might not be worth an athlete’s time for cross training. However, just like any strength training or mobility training program, a yoga practice can be created to enhance specific areas of an athlete’s fitness.
One way to keep your run interesting is through a curated playlist design to help you want to keep moving those feet and pumping those arms. I usually keep more than one playlist so I don’t get bored listening to the same songs over and over again. Here are a few ideas on how to use your running playlists as motivation tools and to keep them interesting.
It usually happens around 2 or 3 o’clock. My eyelids get heavy. My head leans back as if reaching for the back of my chair. My bed is calling my name. I want to take a nap.
I don’t enter races very often, but over the years I have run in many 5ks, a 10k or two, a 15k, and several half-marathons, and one full marathon.
What made my first and so-far only marathon possible was a confidence that I could run 26.2 miles, despite never having run even close to that distance before. It took me two years to complete my goal, but I just knew that I could do it.
How to start running. Running seems like a very simple activity. You lace up a pair of sneakers and head out the door. In reality, it’s a little bit more complicated and most recreational runners always have a few things they wish their beginner self would have known before getting starting. Here are a few tips from my experience coming back to running as an adult.
Regardless of pace, one thing novice and casual runners tend to have in common is skipping their stretching, strength training or both. Regular stretching and strength training play a role in injury prevention. Adding one or two running specific strength workouts to your weekly training can help you stay a healthy runner. Yoga is probably not the first thing that came to mind when thinking about strength training, but it isn’t all about flexibility. Regular yoga practice can help you build strength in some muscles essential for running and better mobility. Try adding these five moves to your pre and post-run routine to get started.
Maybe you started a new fitness goal in January, promising yourself to lose so much weight, eat healthier, or get into a new fitness routine. Or maybe you made the goal after watching an inspiration movie, a few scrolls on Instagram or a visit with your doctor. Whatever you promised yourself, very few people are likely still keeping that promise.
I know more people who say they hate running than I know regular runners. Even a few of my friends that I convinced to run still have a hard time getting out the door. If you think you hate running but want to start running for the physical benefits, maybe the below ideas can help you make progress towards your running and fitness goals.