30th October 2014
Posted by: Bridget Okeeffe
I have a total love hate relationship with running. It’s one of the only things that really helps me to lose body fat hence the love, but I get bored quickly… hence the hate.
One thing that I have found that helps me to enjoy it a little bit more is to keep my running gear fun and interesting. This does mean that I have the odd pair of trainers and one or two ‘running outfits’ but hey, a girl’s got to do what a girl’s got to do!
Another, less expensive motivational tool is to get a running buddy. At the peak of my fitness about 2 years ago I started running with one of my best friends who is a bit of a fitness junkie. Our first run together was one of the most memorable runs of my life. It was an amazing feeling being totally in sync with someone who is as fit as you and as motivated to smash out a 10 miler. I recommend finding someone who is at a similar fitness level to you and someone who has similar goals. Ali is my motivation when it comes to getting myself to the gym as we both enjoy doing the same things and have similar endurance levels. Find your Ali.
This one is a total given and personally when I see people running without it I am in total awe of them! Music. Mad beats not only get me in a rhythm but they also help to keep the boredom under wraps. If you like to hit the dance floor of one of the more questionable establishments on the King’s Road at 3am then this tool is yours. Think of it as dancing through the streets of London, only you have adrenaline pumping through your veins rather than vodka soda.
Don’t burnout. Sometimes when I push myself extra hard on a run I find that I am so stiff and sore as a result that I give myself a longer break from running than I should. Sometimes it makes me totally fall off the bandwagon and I use pushing myself really hard the day before as en excuse to indulge in the kitchen. Make sure you are able to maintain the pace that you push yourself to.
Get to know when your body likes you to eat and what it likes you eating. Some people find that eating before a run makes them sluggish, others can’t run without that extra boost. They say that eating 2 hrs before exercise gives your body the perfect amount of time to use its energy most efficiently.
The last thing I will leave you with is simple but can make the world of difference. Breath in through your nose and out through your mouth. This helps you to not only get in enough oxygen for your muscles but also helps you to effectively expel the carbon dioxide quickly. By breathing this way you will avoid stitches and keep your heart rate constant too.