Now that the days are getting longer + temps are [slowly!] rising, it’s a good time to lace up your favorite pair of sneakers + hit the pavement running. But what if you, like many others, haven’t even so much as thought of running while you’ve been cooped up inside the gym these past few months? If you find yourself in a post-winter running rut + the thought of your legs throbbing mid-jog is overwhelming, you’re not alone. Re-discover how great it feels to get outside + push your body past it’s limit with these easy tips —
1] GET SOCIAL
Round up a few CHAARGies [or lead a Small Group sunrise jog!] + make running fun again. Studies show that running with a partner or in a group helps you go faster + longer than when it’s just you + a set of headphones. You may find yourself going at a pace that you hadn’t challenged yourself to before, or look down at your watch to realize that three whole miles have gone by, but you were too busy chatting // laughing between breaths to notice. Plus, running with a buddy holds you accountable — it’s a lot harder to hit the snooze button on your alarm when you’ve got someone outside waiting for you to warm-up with them.
2] PLAN AHEAD
After not running for a few weeks or months, it’s easy to push yourself too hard once you start finding a new routine again. Plan out your runs for the week ahead of time, allowing yourself rest days in between, + not putting on crazy-high amounts of miles right off the bat. On off-days, stretch it out + take care of those muscles with a few yoga poses, + fill your body with the nutrients it needs now that it’s burning more calories than you may have been used to. Don’t let your running slump quickly turn into a running burn-out.
3] TREAT YO’SELF
What’s the best workout motivation? New gear, of course. ; ) Hit up the CHAARG shop for a new tee [or two] + show it off on your next post-work run — or treat yourself to a shiny new gadget, like a watch that tracks steps, GPS, + personal fit goals that’ll keep you on-track. Maybe you want to run one extra mile each week than you did the last? Having visual recognition of reaching your goals makes it feel all the more sweeter.
4] REVERSE COURSE
There’s nothing more boring that taking the same running route every. single. day. Mix things up by going in the opposite direction of your favorite loop — you’d be surprised how different familiar spots look when passed from a new perspective. Download a running app like Nike+ or MapMyRun that will generate new directions based on the distance you want to go, along with tracking pace, splits + syncing to your favorite reCHAARG playlist.
5] LOOK AHEAD
Got a race in mind that you could start training for now? Maybe you’re looking forward to your town’s annual 5K, or hoping to complete a full or half marathon for the first time. Putting down money on a bib and circling the date in your calendar means that you’re committed to preparing + that there’s no reason for not getting out there + running now. Add some extra incentive by choosing a race that’s in a destination you’ve never been to before, turning your accomplishment into a *runcation* of its own.
Kick off summer break on a [runner’s] high note by hitting tha roads with a friend, new fit bling, + a long-term goal in mind to get those endorphins goin’ : )
+Alyssa (amatts_inchaarg) // UConn CHAARG