Saturday, January 9, 2016

2016 - a new year of running

New year = new goals for running. 

I was lucky to get out and run on January 1st and ran a little over 5 miles with my favorite running partner (Ryan) around Sarasota, Florida.  We landed in Florida around 1pm, got a cab to our hotel, checked in, changed our clothes, and were out running before 2pm.  It's our favorite thing to do while on vacation and visiting a different city. 

Unfortunately we didn't get any other running done while in Florida but I managed to drag myself to the gym Monday morning for 3.5 miles around the indoor track.  Since then I've managed to run a couple of more times and am really trying to stay consistent with running.

Maybe you're new to running or are looking for the motivation to get back into running ... whatever it is, here are some things that I do to help me get laced up and out the door:

1. run with a buddy - I usually do most of my runs solo (unless I am pushing the jogging stroller with Anderson in tow) so it was a special treat to run with Ryan.  I miss running with him and definitely feel more motivated when we are running together

2. run in a new area - although not always practical, I love running in new cities or parts of town.  running in a new area helps make the run fresh and new

3. listen to music - for the first half of our new year's run, we ran without music.  at the 1/2 way point I turned on some music for us to listen to.  music has always motivated me and encourages me to finish strong.  it also helps to take my mind off of the task at hand ... which happens to be putting one foot in front of the other, in a rapid motion

4.  sign up for a race - signing up for a race always motivates me and gives me a shot at achieving a goal.  my next race is the Charlotte Running Co. Trail race, where I'll run approximately 4 miles along some trails at the Whitewater Center.  I've never run a trail race before and I'm honestly nervous since I'm quite accident prone, but am looking forward to the challenge!

does anyone have any other helpful tips on getting motivated to run? 

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