Since I began my running journey at the end of January I have logged about 50 miles, and got my average pace down to 14:27 from 16:45. Not too bad! I ran a 5k, and learned a lot. June is almost over and tomorrow we are going to pay money to commit to running 13.1 miles. Scary stuff for a girl who always wimped out on gym class.
Here are some things that I have learned over the last few months that might help beginning runners like me.
Having a SET goal helps.
I learned this the hard way. Yes, since the beginning the goal has been to run the Disney Princess half-marathon in February 2016. But with that being over a year away at the time I started my training I knew I would need smaller goals along the way.
I signed up for, and completed my first race, a 5k. The cutie in purple next to me is Meghan from Hayes Days, she's part of our Disney running team!
Having the 5k paid for and on my calendar helped me remain motivated. After the excitement of running my first race wore off, I kind of fell into a running slump. I was inconsistent, and unmotivated. February seemed so far away. And we had some of the hottest weeks I have ever experienced living in Georgia (more on that later).
I am just now getting back into the swing of things. The plans on RunKeeper help a lot! But having something that you can look at and know FOR SURE is happening, is the best motivation for me. From now on I always want to make sure I am signed up for something.
It's all about support.
I wouldn't have gotten this far if I didn't have my group texts from my princess running buddies, and Cameron telling me to go for my run. I am the queen of reasons why I can't run today excuses.
New things keep you excited.
A new tank top, pair of shorts, or shoes might just be the thing that makes you excited for your run that day.
When the weather is bad, don't quit.
This was my major problem I had for the month of June. We had two solid weeks of 95+ temps. If you didn't get up and out by 5am it was too hot to run. On top of the extreme heat the air quality was awful.
We do not have a treadmill, or a gym membership and my neighborhood runs were just not an option. I was able to get in some cardio on the days I couldn't make my runs happen thanks to YouYube. Especially the Fitness Blender channel.
I got this.
In February I couldn't even run a mile. I am not being dramatic, that is a true statement. So running down a pair of shoes, logging over 50 miles, and completing a 5k are all things that I am so excited I was able to accomplish in a short period of time. I know when February 2016 comes around. I got this!