5 Practical Ways to Turn Yourself into a Runner

Turn Yourself into a Regular Runner

You’ve tried running in the past but it never stuck right? We’re all so busy these days, kids to shuffle to swim lessons and softball practice, groceries to pick up, full time jobs to do, trying to become a regular runner is often one of those things that falls by the wayside and soon we’re asking ourselves how we got out of shape and put on those extra 10 pounds we had worked so hard to take off.

If you really have a desire to get in shape and stay in shape and lose those 10 pounds for good, you need to ‘pay yourself first’, thats right, before you get on with the day, make a commitment to getting outside for a quick run or a long run, whatever you have time for, but don’t wait for later in the day, thats when life will get in the way and running will get pushed to the side, so ‘pay yourself first!’.

Follow these 5 tips to keep you on track to becoming a regular runner

1. Arrange your schedule so that you can do your run in the morning, pay yourself first!
2. Consistency is key, commit to at least 3 days per week and make it a habit, even better if you can do 5 days a week.
3. Set goals for each run. Ie: run 3 minutes, walk 2 minutes, or run the block then walk to the first driveway, repeat.
4. Challenge yourself. Try to run to the 4th house, if you still feel fine, keep going for another 2 houses,etc. When you feel uncomfortable, push a little harder just for a minute before you take a break
5. Sign up for a race, its the most fun you’ll have running. Making a commitment like that will add even more purpose to your run. You’ll be amazed at how good you feel after the race, and then again when you tell your friends and co-workers about your accomplishment!

What are you waiting for? Get out there now and start becoming a regular runner!

21 Running Hacks to Get Motivated and Run Happier

Looking for ways to Get Motivated?

21 Running Hacks to get motivatedWhat’s a running hack you say?  Little tidbits of information that can help you get motivated make your run that much better in one way or another. 

  • Get Motivated to Run Hack #1 > Sign up for a race, it will be an exciting experience and it will help you get motivated to run
  • Get Motivated to Run Hack #2 > Join a running group, you will meet new people and discover new trails and routes to run.  Also, when running with a group, usually you will spend most of the time talking or listening to others conversation, this will help the miles pass quickly
  • Get Motivated to Run Hack #3 > Run first thing in the morning, that way life doesn’t get in the way.  Get up, put your running clothes on and step out the door, unless you are doing a really long run, you will be fine without having breakfast first.
  • Get Motivated to Run Hack #4 > Don’t think, just do it.  Don’t let the little voices start making excuses as to why you can’t or shouldn’t run today.
  • Get Motivated to Run Hack #5 > You will get sore muscles and tight muscles from running so invest in a massage stick it does an amazing job on all your sore muscles, and it excels at working out tight calf muscles
  • Get Motivated to Run Hack #6 > You will always feel better after a run, no matter how much your brain is telling you to forget about your run for the day, fight back and remind yourself of how great you will feel afterwards
  • Get Motivated to Run Hack #7 > Never experience chaffing again. If you’ve ever gone on a run and come back with burning inner thighs or hot spots where your shirt was rubbing against your skin, then you also know how painful it feels when you step in the shower and that blast of water hits those spots! Just rub some Bodyglide on your problem areas and guaranteed you will never come back from a run dreading the shower again.
  • Get Motivated to Run Hack #8 > Go on ‘exploring runs’,  if you are running in a city, keep going straight until you get to a red light, then turn right, repeat the process but turn left, keep repeating. This will bring you on a new and random route and you may discover parts of the city you never knew.
  • Get Motivated to Run Hack #9 > Don’t wear cotton, invest in a technical shirt that can wick sweat away.  As a bonus, lots of races these days are giving out running shirts, another reason to sign up for a race.
  • Get Motivated to Run Hack #10 >Listen and Learn.  Run with an iPod, but instead of music, download some interesting podcasts and learn something new while you run or catch up on current events.
  • Still trying to get motivated? Read more!

  • Get Motivated to Run Hack #11 > Get proper running socks.  Nothing kills a good run more than having your socks slip down your heel and bunch up or getting blisters from your socks rubbing against your feet, that’s why I recommend you get running socks that have a double layer of Coolmesh fabric, I have been running with these WrightSock running socks for years and have never had a blister. They keep my feet cool and comfortable
  • Get Motivated to Run Hack #12 > When running in the heat, fill up a water bottle half way and place it in the freezer the night before. When you are ready to run, take it out, top it off with water and you will have nice cool water to drink for the duration of your run.
  • Get Motivated to Run Hack #13 > Read a running book. A great running book will immerse you and motivate you, the top 3 running books I’ve read are Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen, Once a Runner: A Novel, and The Perfect Mile: Three Athletes, One Goal, and Less Than Four Minutes to Achieve It
  • Get Motivated to Run Hack #14 > Record your runs in a training log. When your feeling nervous about your preparation readiness for an upcoming race, look back at your previous runs to remind yourself about all the hard work you put in and how it will pay off in the race
  • Get Motivated to Run Hack #15 > When heading out for a run on a cold day, place your running clothes in the dryer for 5 minutes to get them nice an toasty warm, then you won’t feel that stinging chill when you step out the door.
  • Get Motivated to Run Hack #16 > Adopt a running mantra. Sometimes when the going gets tough you need to mentally fight through it and lots of people find that repeating a mantra in their head will help push through the rough spots. Here’s some running mantras to try.
  • Get Motivated to Run Hack #17 > Mix it up. Don’t just run the same route every day, try to alternate your runs, run some trails one day, try some hills the next. Try varying your distances as well, run one longer run per week.
  • Get Motivated to Run Hack #18 > The treadmill is your friend. Don’t think of the treadmill as the ‘dreadmill’, it can be a useful tool. The surface is softer than running outside, so it can be used to give your legs a break if you can’t get out to trails to run. It can be used on days when it is too hot outside or too icy on the roads. The treadmill doesn’t have to be boring, schedule your run when you know a good movie will be on or a sporting event. I love to watch the Tour de France while running on the treadmill.
  • Get Motivated to Run Hack #19 > Don’t eat too much before a run. Speaking from experience, eating something heavy or greasy…like pizza or a hamburger for example to close to your run can leave your stomach in distress. Instead, have a light snack like a granola bar or banana 1.5 to 2 hours before your run.
  • Get Motivated to Run Hack #20 > Volunteer at a race. If you’ve never run one before, it will be great to see other runners and will get you motivated yourself. On the other hand, if you are a regular racer, then the next time you don’t want to race, volunteer, it will be greatly appreciated, you will feel good and probably meet some new people.
  • Get Motivated to Run Hack #21 > Get enough sleep. This is one tip that I always fail on, but it is important and I should try harder to get it done. Your body recovers during sleep, so as you start adding miles and increasing running intensity, your body will appreciate any extra sleep you can give it.

What’s your best way to get motivated?

16 Running Mantras to Keep you Motivated

Some running mantras to help you during the next tough run or race

A Need for Running Mantras

You are running along in a race feeling great, you start to pick up the pace and your still feeling great, up and down the hill, you are crushing it! Suddenly things start going wrong, self doubt starts to creep into your mind, your legs start to feel heavy, your lungs tight, this starts a vicious cycle, the more uncomfortable you get the more negative thoughts fill your mind.

Well, there is a way to put a stop to it. Lots of runners use mantras, sayings that they repeat over and over to help get through the rough patches.

Some Running Mantras to Try

Here are some that we like, give them a try!

  • The body gets stronger
  • Dig deep, push hard
  • Strong legs, fast feet
  • The body achieves what the mind believes
  • The strong get stronger
  • Faster, faster, faster
  • Stay strong, keep pushing
  • Active recovery…active recovery
  • Fly like the wind
  • Everyone else is hurting too
  • Stay smooth, stay strong
  • Hills are my friend
  • Embrace the hills
  • Stay smooth, stay strong
  • Keep pushing, almost there
  • I am. I can. I will.

What’s your running mantra?

Leave a comment with your favorite running mantra in the comments to share with others, then come back and see what other running mantras have been shared.

Other Running Mantra links
The Magical Powers of Mental Mantras
Running Mantra Tees

9 Reasons to Run a Race

Run a race

For many of us runners, getting out a few days a week to pound out a few miles is good enough, but if you’ve never run a race, then you may be missing out! Some people like to jump into a full marathon (26.2 miles) or half marathon (13.1 miles) on their first attempt, but you don’t have to do that, there are lots of short 5k races being held every weekend that you could train for.  Here are some great reasons to run a race.

Why you should run a race

  1. Setting a goal to run a race is a big motivating factor which will help you stick to a plan and get out the door even on those days when the couch seems like a much better option.
  2. The training process will have you feeling stronger and faster, you’ll soon be brimming with confidence as you stick to your training plan and start to feel improvements with each run.
  3. The exhilarating feeling you’ll get at the starting line.  The race doesn’t have to be a huge marathon either, in fact, finding a local 5k race can be just as exciting and you won’t have to battle the crowds.
  4. Pushing yourself harder than you ever thought possible.  You’ll be amazed at how much faster you can run when you get swept up in the energy of the pack as the whistle goes off at the starting line, but at the same time, you want to finish the race, so you have to try and bottle up some of that energy and disperse it throughout the race.
  5. Passing another runner.  Ok, this doesn’t always happen, but more likely than not, at some point during the race you will pass another runner, if you are even a little bit competitive, that will be an exciting feeling. Don’t forget to say a word of encouragement or two to the runner you’re passing, they may be going through a rough spot and your words will certainly help them out.

Need more reasons to run a race? Keep reading!

  1. Seeing the finish line looming in the distance.  This is where you realize that you are doing it, you are about to finish what may be your first race ever.  At this point, you’re hurting and you can’t wait to be done, but you are also feeling a great sense of accomplishment as you know you set a goal for yourself, you executed the training to get there and finally, here you are on race day about to actually finish!
  2. Actually crossing the finish line.  Finally its over, you can congratulate yourself and the other runners in the finishing chute.  Don’t forget to stop your watch!  If you’re a data-geek, you’ll want to go home and download your race data and analyze each split I’m sure.
  3. Enjoying a well earned breakfast.  Whether you ran a 5k, half marathon or full marathon, you did just run a race! Go out and treat yourself to a nice breakfast at home or in a restaurant, now is the time to reward yourself with that side order of bacon or the waffles piled high with whip cream.
  4. Sharing your experience with others.  Go ahead and tell your friends, family and co-workers about your accomplishment, who knows, you may just inspire another runner!

Are you ready to run a race now?

Run a race – 5k distance
Run a race – Go big with a half marathon
Half Marathon Training for Beginners