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Let’s begin with a quick back story about how I got into running. It was because of a boy, who today happens to be my boyfriend. When we first started dating he was training for a half marathon, at that time running any more than a block sounded delusional to me. Why oh why would anyone want to run that many miles willingly? Upon completing his first half he asked me if I was up for running a 5K with him. I wanted to be cool and impress him so I said sure. Let’s just say the run was a little more difficult than I thought but I did finish! After that, I realized I actually enjoyed running and was interested in training for a half marathon myself. Telling you that running is addicting probably sounds weird, but it is. Runner’s high is a thing and after a while you really start to crave running. I completed my first half marathon a few years ago and have run at least one or two each year since. I also keep a log of how many miles I’ve run, and I’m pretty proud to say that I’ve run over 600 miles in the last three years.
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I figured that since running is an important part of my life I would share a few quick training tips with you. And share a couple things I use to help keep me motivated and track my progress.
First lets talk about music, music is an important part of training for me. I need loud, upbeat music to help keep me motivated while I warm up, run, and warm down. Lately, I’ve been using Beats Solo2 On-Ear Headphones to listen to my workout playlists. They are lightweight, flexible and fit comfortably over my ears so that I can take my music with me wherever I go. Their sleek design is something I like as well, after all, being into style and everything, having good looking accessories is a nice plus. Finally, I really like that I can connect the headphones via Bluetooth to my music player so I minimize cords and distractions.
I always do a few quick stretches before running to loosen and warm up my muscles. I don’t do anything too fancy, just sit on the ground and stretch each leg for a few seconds.
By this time I start my music, lately I’ve been listening Diplo, Skrillex and other electronic music artists. These Beats headphones produce clear and dynamic sound to where I almost feel like I’m in the middle of live concert, I love it! I stretch my arms and shoulders a bit too.
Another cool tool I’ve been using to track my workouts is the Fitbit Charge HR Wristband, it’s really awesome. It gives me automatic, continuous heart rate data and activity tracking all throughout the day and during my workouts. With the press of a button I can get up to the minute numbers on how many calories I’ve burned, how many steps I’ve taken and the distances I’ve run. Using it has definitely given me the motivation I need to push myself further every day.
I check my heart rate with the Fitbit after I’ve warmed up and decide what distance I’m going to run.
After warming up I move on to my favorite part, running! I’ve been trying to run on softer surfaces because of my knees, like tracks and fields. Another running tip, make sure you get fitted with the proper shoes. Wearing the right shoes really does make a huge difference for your run. I like to run in Brooks shoes. Cal Anderson Park in Seattle is a great place to run if you’re looking for a new spot.
For this particular workout I was running sprints along the field. Every so often I like to run sprints and challenge myself to see how fast I can run.
Finally it’s time to warm down!
I like to listen to music while I warm down and check my heart rate. Running is awesome, if you’ve ever thought about taking it up I highly recommend it! Feel free to reach out to me with your running questions on how to get started, you can leave a comment on this post or tweet me on Twitter.
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