Wednesday, September 4, 2013

The Two F’s Of Running

Fitness and fun! (I can’t believe I just agreed to the second of those.)

When I went wedding dress shopping with my mom and Rebecca, I broke the cardinal rule: I ordered a dress in a size smaller than the one I tried on and ultimately chose.

While the majority of brides work hard to be the fittest version of themselves on their wedding day, I have no choice but to make sure that happens. I’ve been practicing yoga for years but since yoga is more internal than external for me, I know I needed to up my game. After a lot little bit of encouragement, J finally got me to take up running over the past two months.

Sneaks

I dragged my sneakered heels for so long because any time I’ve ever been running in the past, it’s been a struggle. I’ve always wanted to enjoy it but have never been able to psyche myself into any aspect of pounding the pavement. Maybe this time around it’s different because I have a goal and something specific to aspire to. Whatever it is, running has clicked for me.

I’ve started ditching yoga classes for running. I think about running even when I’m not. Tracking my progress with maps, time and distance has also been really helpful for me because I’m a visual learner. Strava has been useful for all of those things.

One thing I could not run without is music. The second I can hear my own breath, I’m done and I’m stopping. Music with a beat that matches my footsteps will keep my putting one foot in front of the other. My current top ten playlist must-haves are:

    1. “Boyz” – M.I.A.
    2. “Everybody Got Their Something” – Nikka Costa
    3. “In Ruins” – Fol Chen
    4. “Cruel Summer” – Blestenation
    5. “Good Vibrations” – Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch
    6. “Blurred Lines” – Robin Thicke feat. Pharrell Williams and T.I.
    7. “Rhythm Is A Dancer” – SNAP
    8. “Hi Friend” – Deadmau5
    9. “Why Don’t You Love Me?” – Beyonce
    10. “Can’t Hold Us” – Macklemore and Ryan Lewis

Are you into running? If so, what gets you motivated and keeps you motivated?

One Comment
Open Raods Mama

The only time I really got into running and actually stuck to it was when I was on an interval running program from Podrunner. There are some downloadable files still there on the website, or just do your own mix of music based on the interval idea, I think it’s great and the beat of the music guiding you on how quickly to run is kind of fun too! :)

Back to the Top