10 running tips for lazy gals

Saturday, 11 February 2017

Now if you know me you’ll know that the most running I’m used to is to the kitchen at work when someone brings in yummy treats. 

I DO NOT run. 

My mascara runs faster than I can (most recently after sobbing at Me Before You)

I CAN NOT run.

If you see me running then you should run too because something is probably chasing me. 

For me, running brings back the dreaded memories of doing cross country at school. In my younger primary school days I was quite competitive and really sporty. By the time I had gotten to secondary I thought roaming the streets drinking J20s *ahem, alcohol* was much more cooler than the netball team I had originally signed up for.

One of my resolutions for 2017 was to become more active... again. I feel as though I'm stuck in a rut, I seem to do really well for a week or two, then slip back into my old ways. I've always known running was so good for you but I've never had a reason to run, and found it pretty boring to be honest.

I saw that a colleague was looking for a few people to take part in The Mad March Mare. As I need to shift a few *Xmas gained* pounds I thought this may be the best way to switch things up a bit and give me a lil bit more motivation than just gym gym gym. 

So now there is 20 days to go and I am bricking it. Gladly, I found out the whole team is in the same position as we munched down on our pizzas discussing how much training we haven't yet started. But seriously, I do need to train. 

I began with an organised park run on a Saturday morning at 9am. I'll be honest it was sooo hard to get up the first week and I'm pretty sure I had a nightmare about it before my alarm went off that day. But I did it! It was pretty daunting, as is anything when you do it for the first time, but by the end I felt so invigorated. Being ranked brought back my competitive edge that I had lost. By my second run I had already smashed my first time and had a new PB!

So actually, I  CAN run ... and so can you!

So here are my top tips for my fellow lazy gals to get up outta bed, embrace the cold, find their motivation and just do it! 

1. Run for a reason
Register for a race for charity. You CAN make a difference. It provides you with a purpose, as you are raising awareness for those less fortunate as well as getting fit. If you run for a charity there will always be people in the same boat as you, so there's always someone to turn to come race day. You will get an enormous sense of satisfaction from not only completing the race but knowing you’ve helped others.

2. You won’t regret it... But will if you don’t
You will feel amazingly energised when you’ve finished the run. It's only 30 mins of your day. Once you've done the hard work for the day, you can have your cake and eat it, you deserve it! Has anyone ever regret the workout they’ve just done?

3. Having a bad day? 
If you're feeling stressed or anxious, being physically active can boost your mood and encourage the release of endorphins which will improve your self-esteem. Running is also FREE! It's the most simple and convenient form of exercise.  No fancy equipment, no expensive gym subscription, just you and your body running free.

4. Go with a friend 
Regular running dates with a pal will keep you on track and provide extra motivation. Even if it's man's best friend… your furry canines are constantly eager to spend as much time as possible with you. They have plenty of excess energy to burn, and you can’t let poor Lucky down when he’s stood at the door, lead in his mouth ready to go!

5. Set a goal
It’s not too late to start your New Year's resolutions. Think of January as a trial run. You need that time to wind down and recharge your batteries from your hectic holiday season. To be honest you’re more likely to succeed if you start in February anyway. Goal setting gives you long-term vision and short-term motivation. Be realistic; make them achievable and when you smash them… CELEBRATE!

6. Measure your success 
Use an app to track your progress. Most are free to download such as Runkeeper, Map My Run and Strava. Many are installed with premade training plans and fully featured GPS tracking services. Link them to your social profiles and draw inspiration from your circle of friends. Buy a full length mirror look in it regularly and see difference. Don’t beat yourself up if you’re slower one run than the previous, you won’t see massive improvements all the time and anyway, us slow runners make fast runners look good so yeah you’re welcome.

7. Treat yo’self
Get motivated with cute new gym clothes. Splash out on some really good running trainers and feel like you’re running on clouds.  When you look good you feel good, and you’ll work harder when you’re comfortable. Get your sass on with your new ‘I run on coffee, sarcasm and lipstick’ slogan vest.

8. Smile
It may sounds silly but give it a go. Smile. When you do you trick your brain into thinking you’re really happy. There’s actually a whole lot of sciencey stuff around this and why this happens, but just fake it till you make it!

9. Run to the beat
Download an amazing playlist and keep in sync with the melody. Music has the amazing power to energise you and increase your endurance. This may be the lil extra push you need on a morning. So whether you're bopping along to Lady Gaga or maybe Eminem and Biggie get your juices flowing, stick in your headphones and off you go.

10. It’s a hill get over it

Don't get bored by running the same route over and over as it could be holding you back from that PB! Build strength and stamina by running in different directions and explore your surroundings. You need to make sure your body is ready for every condition to be mentally prepared for that race you've signed up for.

What motivates you to get out of bed and exercise?

Love Luce x

p.s Run like you stole it

p.p.s oh and if you would like to donate to our Just Giving page for The Mad March Mare you can do so here. Please and Thank you!

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