- Have a running buddy for the beginning, if possible. Sometimes its easier to run with someone else because you have a sense of commitment and support. I first started running in Greece last summer with one of my friends from the trip and I’m not sure I would have been able to push myself enough without her.
- I think it’s so important to set a weekly running schedule, write it down, and stick to it no matter what! Even if you aren’t looking to train for a marathon, act as though you are. If you’re just starting out, maybe plan to run 1 mile on Tuesday, 2 miles on Wednesday, 1 mile on Thursday, and then 3 miles on Saturday–whatever you feel comfortable with. Do that for a couple weeks, and then maybe do 2, 3, 2, 4 for a couple weeks, and so on. Make it a priority.
- Run in the morning. As difficult as it is to wake up, once you do you’ll feel sooo amazing! Then your run is out of the way, you’ll feel great all day, and you don’t have to dread running later after a full day of work, class, meetings, etc. Trust me, this really works!
- Make sure your eating the right way before your runs to maximize energy. I’ll have a piece of wheat toast with peanut butter and sliced banana at least an hour before longer runs, and maybe just a banana or small granola bar 20 min before shorter runs in the mornings.
- I’ve found so much inspiration on Pinterest (check out my fitness and motivation board!). I even go so far as to set pictures that I find motivational as my iPhone background so that I am constantly reminded of my goals.
- If possible, get yourself some new, fun running outfits that are super cute and make you feel awesome. Looking and feeling great is a huge motivator for me.
- Finally, look to people you know who are doing it. If I can do it, you can too, right? It’s really a mind game you play with yourself. You just have to want it bad enough.
Now get out there and run like the wind! ;)