I love running, but I hate treadmills, and I can’t stand the cold which means that running during the winter is not an option for me. Instead, I spend my winters exploring fitness videos on Youtube, and websites like Daily Burn, which I am currently in love with!
Although working in doors helps to keep me in shape during the winter, I still find that the transition back to running outdoors is a little challenging. It takes me a little bit of time to get back into the groove of things, maybe it has to do with adjusting to moving more than a few inches during my workouts to finding myself actually using every muscle in my body in such a challenging way.
Running is a road to self-awareness and reliance-you can push yourself to extremes and learn the harsh reality of your physical and mental limitations or coast quietly down a solitary path watching the earth spin beneath your feet.
Doris Brown Heritage
Sometimes it’s easy to get carried away with our expectations, and to strain our bodies. When transitioning back to running from working out of the house, your body will need a little time to catch up with your mind. Start slowly and work your way back up.
I usually start transitioning by jogging. I love doing this with hills, the first week or two I jog a few miles up and down the hill, and move on to sprinting up the hill and either walking or jogging back down. With the right music, it is a lot of fun, and I can do that for an hour or more.
Dress to Impress
This may be an odd one, but I do feel more confident as a runner when I love the way I dress. Invest in a few great running outfits, from great companies like Fabletics, and Ellie Fit Fashionista. They offer active wear as part of a subscription package. The outfits are cute, fun, and affordable, a great way to feel confident during your workouts.
What you eat does affect your energy level during your workouts, and with running, which requires a lot of energy. Get into the habit of eating at least half an hour before your workouts, a small bowl of oatmeal with some fruit, or a green smoothie is a great way to prepare for a workout.
By staying hydrated, I don’t mean before and during your run, but staying hydrated all week. Get into the habit of drinking a glass of water every hour to hour and a half. I like to add lemon to my water, it makes drinking water more often a little more bearable and there are great benefits to squeezing a few drops of freshly squeezed lemon juice to your water, including an energy boost. I love drinking lemon water before, during, and after my workouts.
Who can be negative with a big smile on their face? I smile during my runs, especially when fatigue begins to set in, it keeps you in a better mood, which will help you go longer and feel better about it.
I cannot run without music, and when I do try to, I can never go for long. Music helps me run longer, keeps me motivated, and helps me to power through those tough moments.
Songs like Run The World by Beyonce, Stronger by Kanye West, and Lose Yourself by Eminem, help to keep me going when I feel like I can no longer keep going.
What time of the day do you choose to go running? Do you try to run first thing in the morning, while you are still exhausted, or at the end of the day, while you are exhausted?
When you choose to go running matters, no one can feel confident when they are struggling to stay awake. If you prefer to run in the morning, try not to run as soon as you get up, but wake up at least half an hour before hand, eat a light meal and make time for a dynamic warm-up.
Talk to Yourself
Remember that the only person you are competing against is yourself!
Motivate yourself, encourage yourself, in order to work harder than you did during your previous run. What do you think about during your workouts, do you stop yourself?
This is one of the reasons I love music during my workouts, but there are times that even that is not enough, and your ability to speak yourself through the workouts becomes important.
What motivates you?
I use Pinterest for my vision board, as well as a fitness board that I use to organize workouts that I love. It helps to keep me motivated, and it’s a great reminder to keep going.
Find ways to stay motivated, whether it is a vision board, an accountability partner, whatever works for you. Staying motivated will boost your confidence, because you will have something to work for.
Get Up and Move
Sometimes the hardest part is the beginning, but once you get going, you begin to remember why you loved running, the passion is rekindled and you are off.
Once the snow starts melting, and it gets warmer out, I have less excuses and realize that it’s time to get going again, there is always a little reluctance. You get comfortable working out in the house, and the idea of having to get back can seem a lot harder than it really is, but after a week out there I can’t help but to remember why I love running and it becomes easier to get out there and get moving.