Who doesn't love a little new running gear? Maybe it's new shoes, a new top, or a new GPS watch. We'd be lying if we said a little new gear didn't kick us into high gear - it's total motivation to get out the door and rock our workout.
So - today, we want to discuss some of our favorite pieces, shoes, brands, etc. A few of you have asked questions about this lately, and while much of this is subject to personal preference, we'll share what we know and what we like.
We will start with a few of our favorite brands and provide the pros and cons. We'll then take a look at shoes, accessories, and some other gear. Enjoy!
*Please note, everyone is different, and different shoes/gear work for different people. Use what works best for you. We can't go over every brand/piece/shoe here, so we've chosen our favorites. Feel free to tell us about yours!
* Men - I'll do my best to help you, but I'm a girl. That being said, some of the brands we mentioned such as Nike, Lululemon, and UA are some of our favorites for guys as well.
In general: Athleta (a GAP company) is all about "Power to the She" - a proud sponsor of Girls on the Run International, Athleta takes pride in top quality clothing and providing an fun shopping experience. Athleta's clothing wears well and offers pieces for working out, going out, and your everyday work attire. Plus, you'll find accessories and shoes as well.
Price Range: $10-$150+
Pros: Quality product
Cons: The fit can be all over the board. Sometimes you may need an XS, sometimes an XXS, sometimes a S, or sometimes a M. Who knows. This makes online ordering difficult.
Our Favorite Piece(s): Athleta makes some of the comfiest pullovers around, ranging from about $50-$80. Plus, their swim line fits well and is very flattering. They also have some really great accessories and dresses (dresses range about $50-$120) for work.
In general: Lululemon is a Vancouver based company that has captured the high-end market. Competitive with Athleta and another favorite company, SPLITS 59, Lululemon is huge in the both the yoga and running community. Although Lulu had a bad go with their see through yoga pants and their quality briefly declined, they are climbing back into consumers good graces with high quality products and flattering cuts once again. Men, you may feel like Lulu is a "girly" company, but I know several men who will vouch for the quality and comfort of their products. Check it out.
Price Range: $15-$150+
Pros: Very flattering fit - there's no doubt that Lululemon is sexy. The quality is good as well.
Cons: Sizing can be tricky as it isn't quite sized as we are used to
Our Favorite Piece(s): Lululemon's "Free to Be" and "Free to Be Wild" sports bras are some of the cutest you'll see. They run about $48. Plus, their "Speed Shorts" are great (and super comfy) for long runs. For yoga, you cannot beat their crops which run anywhere from ~$70-$110. Oh - their socks are the best. If you haven't tried them, you're missing out. Lulu also offers some of the best yoga mats around.
In general: We've all known and loved (or hated) Nike for years. As kids, everyone wanted to wear Nike shoes - they've been the "it" brand for a long time, and still seem to end up on top. Nike offers a wide range of athletic clothing that can be worn for a various array of activities.
Price Range: $15-$150+
Pros: Nike's products last. Buy it once, and you'll keep it for a long time.
Cons: The fit. It seems that year after year, Nike's fit changes. A size S is now closer to a M. This can be slightly frustrating.
Our Favorite Piece(s): Nike's Pro Compression shorts for both men and women are great. Nike also makes some great running shoes. I'll admit that I was a Nike running shoe skeptic until I gave them a try about two years ago. The Nike Vomero has quickly become one of my favorite pieces.
In general: A French word for bird, Oiselle itself is something of a shibboleth. If you can't pronounce it, you're obviously not a member of the club. That being said, Oiselle offers something for everyone, and the quality is great.
Price Range: $25-$150+ (A little pricier than Athleta, Lululemon, Nike, or UA) - Although we didn't talk much about SPLITS 59 (mentioned in the Lulu review), Oiselle and SPLITS 59 have a close price point. That being said, they both have high quality and awesome clothing.
Pros: Intricate, pretty pieces that function well
Cons: Price point
Our Favorite Piece(s): Oiselle's shorts are some of the cutest around as are their tanks.
In general: When you wear UA, you want to kick butt. There's just something about it. The gear is flattering yet functional at the same time. Plus, you won't pay an arm and a leg for a quality piece. Who's their biggest competitor? We'll guess it's Nike.
Price Range: $15-$150+
Pros: Price and functionality
Cons: The huge UA logo seems to be on everything. We don't always want that.
Our Favorite Piece(s): UA has some great sports bras, and their headbands do a great job of keeping the sweat out of our eyes.
So, we'll go over a few of the major shoes brands and discuss our favorites.
Asics is a longtime favorite of many runners. However, the price point is high, even for their lower end shoes. Think, $100-$180 per pair. That being said, you get what you pay for. Asics offers some incredibly cushioned and comfy shoes that make you feel like your feet are on fluffy cottonball pillow marshmallow puppy clouds. Between neutral, support, motion control, and racing shoes, Asics is overall a great brand. Of course, they may not work for everyone, but for many runners, Asics is the go-to shoe as it is well built.
Adidas fans are pretty loyal, and while they don't work for me, they do offer a good shoe. The price point ranges from about $100-$170, so not much different from Asics. Adidas has been a long time competitor of Nike, Reebok, and now UA. That being said, they seem to be doing okay in the shoe realm. They offer neutral, support, and racing shoes. Plus, the shoes have a nice aesthetic appeal.
Brooks is a longtime favorite for me. Again, the price point here is about $100-$170 depending on the shoe you choose. Brooks offers a high quality shoe and offers neutral, support, motion control, racing, and trail running shoes. My personal favorite? The Brooks Ghost.
Mizuno's are pretty. There's no doubt about that. They have a sleek design that is attractive to many runners. The price point is about $115-$180. They offer neutral, support, racing, and trail running shoes in some incredibly attractive colors and styles. Just make sure you pick the shoe based on your needs and not how pretty it is. Make sure you care for your Mizuno's properly as well, as improper care can ruin your shoe.
So, a lot of people think of New Balance as "the shoe for old people" - you know, the plain white sneaker. Well, not so much. New Balance offers an array of shoes for all runners ranging from ~ $100-$150. New Balance offers trail, racing, support, and neutral running shoes in a variety of styles and colors. Check out the New Balance foam line. It's quite comfortable and it's light. Perfect for longer distance racing. I enjoyed racing 13.1 in the NB Foam.
Newton presents a whole different world. A natural running shoes using POP technology, a Newton shoe will feel different than what you're used to. Ease into these shoes, as some people have trouble adjusting. With prices ranging from ~$115-$190, this brand can take a bit to get used to. The first running shoe company to achieve a B Corp status, Netwon offers neutral, support, racing and trail.
Just Do It. Nike has been around forever. Nearly everyone recognizes the check mark logo. However, some runners are hesitant to use Nike shoes for running considering, for a long time, they were not considered top of the line running gear. Now, Nike has made an effort to change that. Nike produces a high quality shoe that can handle high mileage. Plus, their shoes are attractive. The price point is about the same as everyone else, keeping Nike competitive. You'll find trail, neutral, support, and racing shoes.
I love Pearl Izumi trail shoes. They're comfortable and they look badass. In addition to trail shoes, you'll find neutral, support, and racing shoes. The price point falls in the $120 range.
Do you even Crossfit, bro? Reebok has quickly become the brand of Crossfit. But, while they're entering and dominating that market, they also offer running shoes. While I have not had much experience with Reebok running shoes (other than the fact I wore them as a kid), Reebok offers a variety of shoes for men and women in the $75-$100 price range.
The Saucony Kinvara has been a longtime favorite of mine as well, and not just because it's so dang pretty. Offering neutral, support, motion control, racing, and trail shoes, Saucony's price point ranges from about $120-$150 keeping them competitive with the other brands. You'll find many runners are Saucony fans as the shoes are high quality and can handle a lot of mileage.
While UA doesn't offer a huge array of running shoes, their entrance into the market hasn't been subtle. Trying to compete with Nike, they've created a flashy shoe ranging from $100-$130. Some have noticed that a few of UA's running shoes even look like Nike's. I haven't tried UA, but I have heard good things from multiple runners. Maybe I'll give it a try next.
Runners can shell out some serious $$$ on watches and gear. I'll be honest and say I don't use a fancy water bottle, hydration belt, or any of that good stuff. It's not for me. If you do use it, that's great, and those companies sincerely thank you. That being said, I don't feel qualified to talk about those products, so I won't. Feel free to give us some feedback on your favorite stuff.
As far as watches go, here's what I can give you:
Garmin is the market leader, and it's easy to see why. Look at the variety, options, features, and quality. Garmin offers watches ranging from $100-$600, so there's something for everyone. Just take your pick. Take a look at the Garmin Forerunner 10 if you want just the basic GPS watch (I love this watch by the way), or look at the Forerunner 620 if you want everything. Want a heart rate monitor (HRM) that doesn't require that annoying chest strap? Check out the Garmin 225. It's pretty sweet - hopefully they'll add new colors soon.
Polar offers some pretty cool watches as well. Like Garmin, Polar offers multisport watches with Smart Coaching functions. Ranging from $200-$500 Polar devices are easy to use according to Polar fans.
Starting in the $100 range, Soleus offers some cool looking watches. Many of Soleus' watches offer 8+ hours of battery life, which is great for many runners.
Like Garmin, TomTom now offers a GPS watch with a HR monitor built in - so need for a bulky chest strap. Hooray! This allows for optimal heart rate training. Ranging from about $100-$200, TomTom offers a quality product that isn't too difficult to use.
Ranging from $80-$250, Timex is a well known brand. Offering basic functions on the lower priced Timex Ironman RunX20, Timex has been able to produce a product perfect for a new runner who isn't sure what they want in a watch quite yet. Then, you have the Timex Ironman One GPS+ which boasts, well, everything.
Socks are super important. Here are our favorite brands
Okay - so, now that we've dished on some of our favorite gear, tell us about yours! Oh, and enjoy the photos of some of the gear below. Happy running, and enjoy your weekend!!!
If you had not noticed, fall is on the way. You know what that means? Race season is just around the corner. Along with colorful leaves and pumpkin spice everything, our weekends will be full of races.
Many of you are a few weeks into a training plan, or perhaps just beginning your plan if your race is late fall/early winter. Throughout the summer, we've been doing speedwork to provide you with a good base of speed so you can really dive into your fall training. As we head into fall, you'll start to see that these workouts are really targeted toward your longer fall races. So, show up, work hard, and reap the results.
We wanted to share a few tips for you as you dive into your fall training and racing.
1. Train YOUR pace
- Every runner is different. Some are fast, some are slow. Some like to push, some don't. Know yourself, and know your training partners. If you are training with people slower than you, talk to them. Discuss how you'd like to handle your training. If you want to nail your PR in your upcoming race, you need to train at YOUR paces, not theirs. It's okay to do a slower run or two with your buddy, but see how you can work this out. Maybe you can meet up and you do your workouts on your own, and meet back for your cool down. Just make sure you're hitting the paces you need, or you'll be disappointed on race day. You don't want this, and it's very likely that your training buddy wants to see you succeed as well. If they don't, you need to reevaluate your training partners.
2. Take it seriously, but not TOO seriously
- So you missed a workout because you had to work until 9pm and you have no other day to do it this week. It's okay. If you take this slip-up too seriously, it can derail your training as you'll become frustrated with yourself. Don't let it. Move on and don't make skipping workouts a habit.
3. Eat well
- Eat to fuel your body. Do away with too many processed foods, and you'll see a change in your body and your performance. Plus, you'll have more energy and be in a better mood. All of this leads to stronger and faster workouts and racing. Is it okay to treat yourself once in a while? Absolutely! But, do you need a cupcake everyday? No. Plus, a clean diet leads to nice abs. Who doesn't want amazing abs?
Also, make notes of what foods work (or don't work) for your body. If dairy causes stomach issues for you, eat less of it and avoid it a few days before race day and on race day.
- In addition to this, know what you need on race day. If you plan to use a supplement/GU/sports drink, make sure you try these things out before race day. If not, you may wind up in the porta pottie line more than once.
4. Don't skip rest days
- Seriously. It can be easy to use your rest day to make up a missed workout or to log extra mileage. Don't. Your body needs this day to recover. This doesn't mean sit on the couch and veg out all day. You can definitely stay active (walk the dog, go kayaking, etc). Just give your body a break from running. Plus, this day is totally a good excuse for a nap.
- You may have one or two days designated to crosstraining on your schedule. Utilize them. This will give your muscles a chance to recover while still remaining active. Plus, different activities utilize different muscles, so you'll have a chance to work your whole body. Some of our favorite crosstraining activities include spinning, hiking, swimming, crossfit/lifting, kayaking, boxing, Pilates, and yoga. Make your crosstraining day count as it will help you achieve total body fitness - reaching the muscles running doesn't hit.
6. Wear good shoes
- This is huge. Shoes can make a huge difference in your training. Shoes can be a tricky thing, so ask us for help if you're curious about all the types of shoes (stability, neutral, etc). We also recommend having a few pair of shoes you can rotate between.
- On another note, don't wear new shoes on race day. Break them in first.
7. Track your training
- Keep track of your runs and workouts. You can do this in a notebook, an Excel sheet, the program that comes with your watch, TrainingPeaks, or a variety of other programs. Keeping track of your weekly mileage will help make sure you don't accelerate your mileage too quickly. It will also let you see how you are improving. When you do repeats, keep track of each split. For example, if you ran 12x400, make a note of the time in which you each 400m repeat. Then, compare these splits to the next time you do the workout. What was different? Were you faster? Slower? What other factors came into play?
Here are two examples of how you might track your workouts/runs:
Time of Day: 4:00pm
Distance: 5.6 miles
Shoe: Brooks Ghost
Temperature: 78 and humid
Location: Start/Finish at YMCA/Civic Center
Notes: Felt better than a few days ago. Shins were not hurting as much as they have been. Struggled through the first mile, but felt better later in the run. Felt like running more.
Time of Day: 5:00am
Distance: 4 miles
Shoe: Nike Vomero
Temp: 68 degrees
Location: Harke Park
Notes: Speed work today. 6x800m repeats. Goal pace was 3:35-3:40 so I was a little under for a few repeats. This isn't surprising as I have had a cold for the last week. Will be repeating this workout in two weeks.
1. Racing is painful
- If you're really racing, it's going to hurt. You need to realize this and be prepared for it. Racing isn't comfortable. That's why very few people actually race - they merely run for completion. Your race photos probably won't look pretty.
2. Run YOUR race
- Above, we talked about training your pace. This is the same concept. Run YOUR race. You've trained to run a certain pace, so don't blow it today because your friend isn't feeling well. If they're a true friend/good training buddy, they will want you to utilize all the work you have put in.
3. Stay accountable
- Sometimes it can be hard to get our workouts in for whatever reason. Work, life, school, or other things can get in the way and sometimes have to take precedence. If you have a training group, make sure you show up. Meet them, do the workouts, and talk about your runs. If you cannot make it, let them know and be considerate of their time. That being said, don't bail on them for no reason. If you start doing this, they are likely to drop you as a running buddy due to your lack of consideration. If you cannot make it, do the workout on your own time (perhaps later that day) and let them know how it went for you.
- If you don't have a training buddy, choose a friend who is training for something similar or a race around the same time. Talk to them about your workouts and discuss your training. Doing this will help keep both of you accountable.
4. Learn about your race
- What is the course like? Where are the start and finish located? Where should you meet your family? Is there a bag drop? When do you pick up your packet? Do you need to take a race shuttle? How large is the race? What start corral will you be in? Are their pace groups? What does the elevation look like? Where are the aid stations located? Will there be porta potties along the way and if so, where? What is the race surface (paved, gravel, trail, etc)? Will there be post race food/drink? Knowing these things will ease your mind on race day and will allow you to be better prepared as you go into your race.
5. Ask questions
- Do you have questions about your training? Ask Jamie, Nick, or Joy. That's what we are here for. We want to help you. Do you have race day questions? Ask the race director or the race crew. Do you just have running questions? Don't keep them to yourself. Ask. This is how you learn. Don't worry about looking/feeling stupid. Your questions are not dumb. Everyone learns everyday. You stop growing when you stop learning. We have various resources listed here on our website. Use them.
6. Wear something that makes you feel good
- They say you should show up to a job interview in your best attire/suit. They say you should take important exams in your nice dress clothes. Why? Because those clothes make you feel good about yourself. The same goes for race day. Pick something that makes you feel like a powerhouse - an unstoppable force that's ready to kick butt. Of course, take the weather into consideration when you're choosing your outfit. Make sure you lay it out the night before the race as well. Dress for success - running is just as much a mental sport and it is physical.
7. Talk to yourself
- Yes. It's okay to do this. You're interesting, right? I mean, who wouldn't want to have a conversation with you? You are going to hurt. See #1. Racing is painful. So - talk yourself through it. Did you have a mantra you used during training? Now is the time to repeat it. Need one? Here are a few examples:
8. Think outside your body
- Try to block out the pain. We've already discussed this will hurt. So, focus on the course, the spectators, the cheesy signs, the mile you're in. Don't think about the things that hurt - think about the race. That being said, don't drift so far into la-la land that you forget about your pace/mileage/time. Just try to take the focus off your pain. Also, when you cross that finish line with a PR in hand, all that pain will be worth it, and you're going to feel like a total badass.
9. Don't waste your energy
- Have you ever noticed you don't see elite athletes jumping up and down and making ridiculous faces for the cameras? Do you see them stopping to chat with family members or taking selfies along the way? Uhhhh no. The people you see doing this are not racing. They're running - and that's okay. But if you want to race, use your energy wisely. Don't waste in on posing/jumping/screaming whatever. Use it to race.
- Along the same lines, split up your race. If you came to the form/nutrition/racing seminar, you'll remember that Nick discussed splitting up your race into different sections and focusing on those particular sections one at a time. The reason for this is that each section requires something different physically and mentally. Run hard, but run smart.
10. Fuel your body post-race
- Grab some chocolate milk or whatever fuels you best. Start replenishing those electrolytes and carbs. Don't forget to enjoy your post race beer - you earned it!
11. Track your race
- The same way you track your training, you want to keep track of your races. Log your mileage, your time, your place, etc. It's fun to look back on this stuff, and it is key to planning your next training schedule.
Here's an example for you:
Race: Christie Clinic Illinois Half Marathon
Location: University of Illinois - Champaign
Race Start Time: 7:00am
Temperature/Weather: Rainy; Mid 60s-Low 70s
Distance: 13.1 (Garmin read 13.whatever)
Net Time: 1:41:25
Clock Time: 1:41:40
Division: F 25-29
Division Place: 12
Gender Place: 38
Overall Place: 318
Bib #: 7981
Notes: Felt great. Was worried I couldn't keep the pace through the whole race, but I pushed hard and actually negative split. Absolutely poured mile 6-7. Windy. Completely flat course. Mentally challenging miles 8-10
12. Thank your race buddies and those who supported you
- Whether we realize it or not, our families and friends give up quite a bit to support us in our endeavors. Think of all the times your spouse watched the kids so you could train. Think about your pals that met you at 5 am everyday to train with you. Think of your family that drove 5 hours to watch you race. Thank these people. Having a support system is huge, and they're part of the reason you're able to race. Make sure they know how much you appreciate them.
So, there you go. We hope these training and racing tips will ease your mind a little about your upcoming race, and we hope they will help you adequately prepare to nail your PR. Again, please don't hesitate to ask us if you have questions. We are happy to help.
See you Wednesday for 8x600. Hope you're ready to rock.
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This was a busy week for us! On Wednesday, we did the following workout: 3, 10 minute sets of 30-20-10 with 2 minutes active rest in between sets. The 30 second segments were at 10k pace, the 20 second segments were at 5k pace, and the 10 second segments were all out. This is a challenging workout both mentally and physically as it goes so quickly.
On Thursday evening, we hosted our third poker run + yoga event of the season benefiting Project 360 Youth Services and their youth drop-in location, the Sound House. We raised $155 plus a bin full of donations for the house. We appreciate the thoughtfulness you put into your donations as well. We have a bin full of art supplies, soap, deodorant, feminine hygiene supplies, socks, chapstick, etc to donate to the Sound House. Also, thank you to those of you who had the best and second-best poker hands for kindly donating your winnings back to help Project 360.
Dallas Praznik (RYT 200) instructed our yoga class and took us through a relaxing sequence. This is such a nice way to end the day, and we are fortunate to have her around to teach!
Saturday morning was our long run and brunch, and we couldn't have asked for better weather or a prettier place to run. Of course the company was great too (as was the bacon). We had runners complete runs ranging from 5-14 miles at all different paces. We spent the morning cooking and enjoying time together post run.
We are fortunate enough to have a wonderful team. Thank you for all you do and we will see you Wednesday for 8x600. It's going to be a tough one, so get ready!
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Excuses. We all make them. But some people seem to make them more than others. "I can't because..."
Actually, you can. You're just choosing not to. What are you afraid of? If it's failure, remember we all fail. Your character is determined by how you bounce back from your failure. If you don't show up because you might be the slowest - well, isn't that all the more reason to come?
1. It's too early
- No. It's not. You just don't want to get out of bed. Everyone loves sleep - we get that. Not only does working out early leave room for other priorities during the day, you'll be more focused when you get to the office. Plus, you are more likely to eat well throughout the day when you exercise early as you don't want to undo the work you put in. You have less distractions in the morning, and you will also jump-start your metabolism. So, just get up and get the workout out of the way. You'll be glad you did and you'll feel great too.
2. I don't have the willpower
- Don't aim to be perfect. No one is perfect. Studies show that people who demand perfection of themselves are more likely to slip-up and therefore, quit. Do your best. If you miss a workout, it's okay. If you eat the whole cake, it's okay. Just don't do it all the time. You can do this - start slow and build up. Don't aim for 2 hour workouts 7 days per week. If you're a new runner, don't try to run 40 miles your first week with 2 speed workouts. You'll probably get hurt, and you'll definitely burn out. Take it slow and build up. Do your research and ask questions. You'll learn along the way what works for you.
3. It's too late to start
- No, it isn't. Change is hard, but perpetual dissatisfaction is no walk in the park either. Start embracing the discomfort if you want to experience change. Change isn't easy, and you'll have to work to get results. But, isn't that better than constantly being dissatisfied with yourself?
4. I'll fail
- So what? Who hasn't failed at something? We've all been there and quite frankly, it's how we learn. Think of the positives and how you would encourage someone else to do what you are doing. Your journey won't be perfect - no one has a perfect life. So, don't expect perfection. Just do your best. If you don't make it, just get back up and try again. Need an example? Here you go: I know someone who lost 100 pounds through running/weights and eating healthy. This person slowly stopped exercising due to a demanding schedule. The person also stopped eating well and eventually gained all 100 pounds (plus some) back. The person was dissatisfied with their life, and remembered how great they felt when they were 100lbs lighter. They became frustrated and sad. But, they got back up and started again. Was that easy? Absolutely not. I have so much respect for this person - they're doing what they need to do despite the fact it hasn't been easy. You can do this.
5. My friend isn't coming, and I don't want to go without them
- You're a big kid and you can do things on your own. If you don't show up because your pal can't come, you're not going to get the results you want. In the meantime, others who are willing to put in the work are going to reap the benefits. Don't feel as though you have to run every run or do every workout with your buddy. We all have different fitness levels and sometimes you need to do what's best for you. If your pal runs 10:00 minute miles and you're slowing down every time to run with them, you will not get better. Remember, if you want to be a lion, you have to train with lions. This doesn't mean you need to stop training with this person - you can totally do a few workouts with them and a few on your own. If your friend cannot respect the fact that you want to get better and stronger on your own a few days per week, you need to reevaluate your training partner.
6. I never see results
- Are you sure you're not missing them? Perhaps you're expecting results too soon. One ab workout isn't going to give you a 6 pack in the same way that one speed workout isn't going to help you break 20:00 in the 5k. Also - take into account what you are doing. Are you strictly doing cardio? Throw in some strength training too. What you do makes a difference. The same applies for racing - if you train for a 5k and are disappointed with your half marathon results, you need to look at the work you put in. You likely worked on short speed as opposed to endurance and speed. This makes a difference. Do what is proper for your goals.
7. I'm the slowest/most out of shape person there
- Oh well. We all start somewhere. Maybe you're used to being the best at everything or you're still living in your high school glory days. Maybe you are brand new to exercise and you're scared. Either way, today is a new day. There is always going to be someone better, faster, and stronger than you. If the reason you don't want to show up and give 100% is because you're the weakest/slowest or because you're used to being the best, you are missing out. Set your pride aside, and put the work in. You may surprise yourself.
8. I'm too stressed and tired
- Exercise will help with this. At first, you may feel more tired, but you'll get used to it and in the long run, you'll feel better. After a long day at the office, hitting the punching bag or going for a long run can feel great. Maybe you've had a long week and a nice yoga class or bike ride on Saturday morning is just what you need. Maybe it's 4:30am and you're just dragging. I promise you that if you get out of bed and work out, you'll be glad you did. You'll be less stressed during the day, and you'll just be more focused. You'll probably eat better as well, which will help with your energy levels. Give it a shot.
9. I don't have time
- No one actually has time. You have to make time. Schedule your workouts. Join a group class or running group. Put it on your calendar. Then, don't cancel. Don't cancel on yourself, and don't cancel on your friends.
10. I feel guilty
- Don't feel guilty for taking care of yourself. If you cannot adequately care for yourself, how are you to care for your family and friends? Your mental and physical health should be a top priority. This will allow you to do your best for yourself and for those you love. Take the time to exercise and be healthy. Take a nice bubble bath and have some wine - just take care of you both physically and mentally. When you are able to adequately and happily care for others in your life, you'll feel great.
So, stop making excuses. We all have days when we need to rest, and that is okay. But, when that becomes everyday, it's time to reevaluate. If you're not showing up because your friend cannot come, it's time to become your own motivator. If you think you'll fail, it's time to realize that we all fail, and that you can bounce back. If you think you don't have time, schedule your workouts and you'll be amazed at how much better you feel. If you give up because you don't see results soon enough, give yourself time and evaluate the work you're doing.
You can do this. Whether you're struggling with speed work or you are new to exercise, it's time to get up and give it 100%. You'll learn something about yourself in the process - I promise.
See you in the morning.
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