You might have read about my recent trip to Walt Disney World to complete the Dopey Challenge. The challenge required me to run 48.6 miles over 4 consecutive days. And I did it! Running is something I’ve grown to appreciate; it keeps me healthy, gets me outdoors, and is a joint hobby with my spouse. As the year begins anew and many make fitness and health resolutions, I want to encourage more people to try running as a sport so here are my 5 tips for becoming a runner, including fusing fitness with technology for a smarter workout. #BioSport #CollectiveBias
1. TIMES DON’T MATTER!
As a beginning runner you’re probably not going to be winning races or competing head to head with others, so don’t fret over times! My hubby is all about his time and he’s been able to place in his age group at a few races. However, I highly doubt that will ever be me! I run to enjoy the atmosphere and feel good using my muscles, and I also don’t spend a lot of time training to be a faster runner. There’s nothing wrong with having a slower pace than others, just get out and get active. One of my favorite ways to run was introduced to me by the runDisney coach and it’s a run/walk method. You can start off running even one minute then walking a minute, then repeat. You just keep increasing your run time length and pretty soon you can run for ten minutes and walk a minute, then repeat. I’ve found it’s a great way to keep a consistent pace as well as helping prevent injury.
2. RUNNING PARTNER
One of the best things for motivating me to run is my husband. We’ve found it to be a hobby for both of us and often take off at lunch to run then grab lunch together. Sharing a fitness goal and interest has been great for our marriage, plus it keeps us motivated when the other is saying we need to run. If you’re able to run with your spouse, I recommend it! If not, find a friend who you can arrange a schedule of running times. It helps you get out if you know that other person is expecting you to be there. If you flake out, you’re affecting their health too. That’s a great motivator!
Running is so amazing with a smartphone these days! Fusing fitness with technology for a smarter workout means you can track your progress, monitor your heart rate, listen to your favorite tunes, and share your workouts with your friends. My favorite routine is to grab my smartphone and running belt, plug in my Intel SMS Audio BioSport Earbuds, load my favorite Spotify running music playlist, and open my RunKeeper app to track my running. While running I’m listening to music with my great sounding Intel SMS Audio BioSport Earbuds which are also tracking my heart rate at the same time. It’s amazing technology that allows the headphones to measure my heart rate through the ear and send it to my phone via the gold plated jack. Just say bye bye chest strap – no need to wear that bulky strap around your chest to monitor heart rate because these earbuds are all you need. Knowing your heart rate will help you dial in your comfortable pace and know when you can push a little more or need to slow down a bit. Also, having fun maps and graphs to share with your friends is always a great part about having technology become a part of your running routine. I purchased my Intel SMS Audio BioSport Earbuds from Amazon where I chose the great yellow color, or you can also buy direct from SMSAudio.com and save 20% with the promo code BioSport20 (US only – expiration date: 1/31/15).
When you become a runner it’s like a free pass for shopping for new things. Starting with the basics, get a great pair of shoes from a running store (get fitted please!), a belt or armband to hold your smartphone, some great headphones that fit well in your ear (bonus the Intel SMS Audio BioSport Earbuds fit well and include heart rate monitoring!), comfortable workout clothes for the season, and the RunKeeper app (free – elite membership offered which you get a free month of with the purchase of the Intel SMS Audio BioSport Earbuds). As you progress you can purchase more running clothing, add in some running socks, perhaps a running hat and water bottle, as well as a multitude of nutrition options.
5. SIGN UP FOR A GOAL
Earlier I mentioned my 48.6 mile challenge, and that was quite an event to look forward to. When I first started running I had the Tinkerbell half marathon on the horizon and it was my goal and focus for my running workouts. Having a fun race to look forward to will help encourage you to exercise and get out running so you don’t waste the race money or miss the chance to participate. The feeling of crossing the finish line after your first big race is something I can’t describe with words. It’s amazing! So, sign up to do something awesome, then work to make sure it happens!
Have you made a fitness resolution / goal for the new year? I’d love to hear about your goal and what you’re doing to be successful, comment below!
Are you already a runner? Share below your favorite running motivation or tip!