This post was sponsored by FlipBelt and #SweatPink
All opinions are 100% my own
As you’ve probably heard (considering I’ve been bragging to anyone who will listen) I started running again.
That’s a big freaking deal people.
It’s like -291811 degrees outside here in Jersey, so any movement that’s outside of the comfort of my bed is a victory in and of itself. I’ve never been a huge running freak, but it’s supposed to be in my blood as my whole family digs that kind of cruel and unusual torture… so I always end up going back and trying to get into it again. You know, to really just keep checking that yep, I still hate it. Unfortunately though, it’s the cheapest form of fitness out there and as a broke college student, I’m never in a position to turn down cheap.
I’ve restarted so many times actually that I’ve lost count, and each time I’ve perfected easing back into a routine so my body doesn’t totally hate me. That’s a gift, I tell ya. Bottom line? I’m a MASTER at being a beginning runner and that does come with some perks for you lovely readers!
Since I know I’m not the only one in the world who struggles with fitness motivation I thought I’d share the tips that I’ve curated over the years on how to not to hate running after the first step you take outside. I know, it can be so totally rough out there and all you want to do after that first run is quit and absolutely never look at your sneakers again but just trust me! It’s all about how you a) prepare and b) cool down that’ll save you aches and pains the next morning.
1. Get yourself some hot new fitness gear (like a FlipBelt)
I know, I know… you’re probably over there like, “Victoria I came to you for FITNESS advice not styling suggestions.” Bear with me. You know that awesome feeling you get when you buy a kickass new dress or outfit at the mall? You feel like a million bucks in that outfit and practically nothing could stop you from ruling the world (or the dance floor) because you look HOT. Well, that same feeling can come from getting proper clothing for exercise too!
Invest in leggings or shorts that won’t ride up/ cause you chafing when you’re moving, pick up some sneakers that are meant for street running, and most importantly make sure you have the accessories you need to get your run done. For me, that means my iPod arm band and my FlipBelt. I live in an apartment and I always carry so much junk with me because I have nowhere to lock it up when I hit the streets…the FlipBelt is a tubular belt that can fit EVERYTHING and doesn’t jostle around while you jog. It’s made of some bad-ass tech gear fabric that wicks away sweat and keeps electronics (like your phone) safe, and it’s perfect for storing keys and cash. My FlipBelt has COMPLETELY changed my running routine by literally letting me run anywhere because I don’t need to worry about hiding a bag somewhere so I don’t have to carry it while I run. Use the code Sweat10 to take 10% off of your FlipBelt order here.
2. Prep Your Music
If you’re a music junkie like me, you have to make sure your tunes are totally up to date before hitting the road. I love my Spotify app because I can build playlists or even add a few on-the-go when I forget to sync up at home. I love anything with a really good beat, Reggaeton is probably my favorite but if you actually search for “Zumba” music you get some awesome reccs from the Spotify gods!
3. Take it SLOW
My first run out I always end up overdoing it because I have so. Much. Energy. I get on the roads and I start thinking to myself, “Oh yeah man I totally got this! It’s like riding a bike!” Dude. It’s not. I promise you’ll regret that move in the morning if you push yourself too hard too fast. Instead, try cutting whatever distance you were doing before in half. Or, if you were never a big runner take it mile by mile. Maybe map out a mile and a half to start then see how you feel, do a heart-attack check. Do you feel like you’re legitimately going to die? Then try walking for a song then jogging for two. Mixing up your rate is actually GREAT for burning calories and strengthening your heart anyway!
I’d recommend that if you’re a COMPLETE newb to try out a Couch to 5K plan. Here’s a link to an amazing one that I know people swear by. They’re a safe and great way to get moving if you were the queen of the couch before. Just remember to always pay attention to how your body is feeling…make sure you have your mom or a friend on speed dial to pick you up if you overestimate your abilities.
Your body is inevitably going to freak out when you start to exercise. It’s going to hate you just a little bit in the beginning before realizing that movement is actually good for your joints and that’s okay! Staying hydrated is key to keeping your muscles and overall system happy. There are tons of sites out there that can help you figure out how much to actually drink, but remember that hydrating well before your first run is just as important as hydrating after. Water is your best bet, sports drinks tend to be super sugary and can cause your blood sugar to spike and crash. No bueno.
After your first run you’re going to be totally tempted to keel over and crawl into the shower. Do that, but first make sure you do a few stretches to help shake out your tense muscles. Not only will the stretching feel great the time of, but it helps to alleviate soreness the next day. Here are some links to some awesome post-run stretches as well as these, these, and these.
Your first run may be tough, but remember to just keep on moving (even if it’s at a walking pace) and you’ll be done before you know it…I promise! The one thing about running that everyone says and ISN’T a lie is that you experience a “runner’s high” once you’re done and trust me. That’s the best feeling in the world. Nothing feels quite as awesome as knowing that you just slayed a run while lapping the people still on the couch. You got this!
PS: Leave me a comment below with one of YOUR favorite running tips and I’ll give YOU a special 33% off coupon code! Eligible for the first 15 commenters!