Disclosure: This post is sponsored by our friends at Superfeet. All opinions expressed are our own.
It’s that time of year- Thanksgiving- when we always see a strong increase in conversation and questions about RUNNING. We guess it’s because a lot of people decide to dive in and do a “Turkey Trot” run with family during the holiday week and then, get hooked. They get running fever and want to do more. That’s why we’ve started this series on running tips for new runners, sponsored by our friends at Superfeet.
We all started somewhere, but we also found that most of what helped us become better runners were the tips from other runners who had been there, done that. So stay tuned in here, you’ll see new posts each week on tips for newbie runners, from lots of seasoned runners, marathoners and casual runners alike, to help you get your run on.
Today we asked our friend and favorite blogger, Tina, of Carrots N Cake blog (p.s. check out her blog and subscribe. She’s amazing!!) what her tips were for new runners. She thought it was a good idea to share tips on how to get your mind and body right as you step up to longer runs. Read on:
How to get your MIND and body in the right place to go the distance- longer runs.
- Distract your brain
I love, love, love listening to podcasts during my long runs. I swear, there’s nothing better than a long run and podcast for my mental sanity. A new episode of one of my favorite podcasts can literally get me out the door for a run. Plus, listening and being totally engrossed in the podcast helps me run for a longer period of time. I never want to stop midway through and, often times, I’ll keep running until the episode is over. With a good podcast, the miles just end up flying by!
Insert heavy plug for our FitFluential Radio Podcast! Find us on iTunes or Stitcher.
- Find a mantra that keeps you going
Motivational mantras always do the trick during a long run, especially when I’m struggling. On really tough runs (or when running up a big hill), I like to repeat my favorite running mantras in my head over and over to keep me going. Some favorites: “You’re stronger than you think” and “demand more of yourself.” Sometimes, a little self-talk is all I need to keep trucking along.
- Imagine yourself on race day
This trick is a little cheesy, but it always helps me through those final miles of my long run: I envision myself on race day. (Actually, I envision myself on Comm Ave during the Boston Marathon!) During the end of a race, I would never let myself stop and walk, especially with all of those spectators watching me. So I pretend that I’m running in a race, feeling strong, powerful, and determined, which helps me toughen up and push myself through the hardest parts of my run.”
Tina Haupert, Founder of Carrots N Cake blog
Tina is one of our earliest FitFluential Ambassadors and the founder of Carrots N Cake blog. When I first met Tina, she was primarily running for fitness- and then she began doing Crossfit and still participates to this day. It’s been interesting and very cool to see her and her husband both get back into running again recently. If you peruse her blog you’ll see a lot of pictures from races they’ve done together and—I can tell you this- one of the things I first observed with a WOW thought at my first 5k was observing all the COUPLES and FAMILIES that were running together! So cool!
Think about that. What an amazing way to bond and spend time together- than to run together and train for a 5k or a half marathon?? What a great example for parents to be for kids vs. handing the kids a tablet to watch movies on all day? Instilling in kids at young ages that feeling of accomplishment and that they CAN do anything they set their minds to—how awesome is that? Statistics show that kids that are active in athletics and fitness pursuits form stronger social bonds and are less prone to being a victim of bullying at school.
And I say, the couple that runs (or works out or does yoga) together, BONDS.
These are relational strong foundations that people are building and I think that is EPIC.
Do you agree? If you have not started….think about bringing a family member or your significant other with you on your running journey! You immediately have accountability and even friendly competition! It works!!
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Stay tuned for more running tips for new runners BY seasoned runners who’ve been there, done that.
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Be sure to read these posts in our Superfeet running series: