So…Swimming without a doubt, I shall conquer… Biking will be do-able. I spin hard several days a week, love the endorphin rush. Once the weather warms up it’s key that I get myself on road training and buy quality triathlon bike (sigh, even a used tri-bike is SO expensive!) Running… plain and simple, I’m pitiful. Right now I can probably run 4 miles (with stops to walk.) It has got to be the most boring and painful workout that exists.
I’m seeking suggestions and tips from runners. How do I get myself on a regular running schedule and more importantly, how do I learn to ENJOY running? I would love to hear from runners what keeps you motivated and loving running.
Here’s what I’ve come up with tonight to get myself running and keep running.
1. Training Log. I’ll plan what days I’m running and write down some notes after each run. Hopefully with time I will see progress in not only the run but how I feel about running. I’d love to go from “hated today’s run” to “finished strong”
2. Mantra. Call it positive affirmations if you will. I’ll chose short phases that will play over and over in my head while running to jamm’ tunes so that I will stay focused and centered. ”Harder, faster, stronger,” “I can do anything I set my mind to,” “there is an end point to this,” “I am strong,” “Progress feels so good,” or “Never give up” should work.
3. Running Club. I joined the Running Club at the Sporting Club Bellevue and six minutes ago someone posted for tomorrow’s run tomorrow on the Ben Franklin Bridge. I’ve done yoga on the Ben Franklin Bridge, and running it sounds interesting. I commit to joining a run with them next week. I also joined a Philadelphia run club and a “Run like a girl” club although I’m not sure how much fun that sounds as a single girl here!
4. Reward. Yep, I am going to bribe myself. Sure am. I’ll set goals for a certain number of runs and/or distance and after meeting those goals will rewards myself with some spa service or something. But then again, is that really a bribe? Perhaps I should just tell myself I really deserve this after accomplishing my goals.
5. All or nothing. It’s not all or nothing. I tend to push myself hard with my desires and goals…it keeps me excited and keeps the momentum going. I’ll try not to push too hard, especially when I start running as it’s not all or nothing. If from time to time I’m just not up for running as long or far as I expected I’ll cut myself some slack and be satisfied with what I do accomplish.
6. The goal. One of the goals in training for the triathlon is working towards a new and exciting accomplishment. The energy and way it feels to make goals and dreams happen is powerful. It feels incredible. I will envision the goal, envision the journey, envision rush and elation I will feel on the race day of the triathlon. I will envision a new accomplishment.