January 8 2018
Our resident run coach advises on the point at which runners should enlist trained help to reach their running goals.
On any given day there are a million and one excuses that can enter your mind and banish motivation to train. We, here at Women’s Running, want to help you combat the negative thoughts and jump start your running.
Check out three of the most common excuses below and find out how to fight back:
The Excuse: I just don’t have time.
Possible remedies: Pull out the calendar and schedule training time on a weekly basis. By writing it down and committing it to paper, you’re more likely to stick to your plan. After all, you schedule appointments all the time (dentist, doctor, repairman, etc…) – why wouldn’t you schedule time to improve your health?
Not convinced yet? Take one week to write down how you spent your time during the day. You might be able to cut superfluous activities (do you really need to check Facebook 10 times a day?), which will lead to more time for training! Sneaky time vampires have a way of making us feel like we don’t have enough hours in the day, but writing down your daily activities will help expose them.
The Excuse: I’m too tired.
Possible remedies: Though it might seem counterintuitive, heading out for a run when you’re feeling tired can boost your energy and amp up mental alertness. After exercising for 20-30 minutes the feel good endorphins rush through your body, enhance your liveliness and make you feel as is you can conquer the world.
If the anticipation of endorphins isn’t enough to get you going, try eating a small apple about 30 minutes before you want to run. The natural sugars found in an apple provide the perfect boost to help jump start your run.
The Excuse: I’m a mom and am challenged to find time to run.
Possible remedies: Taking care of little ones often means putting others before yourself, but being a mom doesn’t have to mean you give up running. Here are some ways moms can carve out workout time:
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1 LIFESPAN FITNESS MyStride Activity Tracker
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Yesterday’s winner. . .
Congratulations to Liz Klein who won a single-child Terrain Jogging Stroller by Mountain Buggy. Please email Jessica@womensrunning.com with your mailing address to claim your prize!