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Not A Runner? We've Got You Covered.

Running. Cardio. Barf.
That's just how I feel about it. But as much as I hate cardio, I LOVE the results I see from it. You all know I'm working towards a goal of getting in the best shape of my life. I have my mind set and I'm running for it. (Pun totally intended.)

Of course I prefer weight training, but cardio is something I'm learning to love. It's not my strong suit so I have to mentally prepare to run the miles I put in everyday and it's not an easy process. There is way more to running then I ever thought and here to share some tips and give us a little pep talk is a gal pal of mine who inspires me to train and reminds me that you can start from scratch.

Meet Jessica, the adorable blogger behind I Love You Rhinos (the cute story behind her blog title here). 
I am probably a little too excited about two things this morning! 

First, I am teaming up with Maeg, who I absolutely adore. 

Second, I am talking about my most favorite thing to do in the whole wide world, besides eating guacamole and shopping. I'm talking about running! 

Ya, ya, ya I know what some of you are thinking... "She is one of those crazy people. Running sucks."

Well for a lot of people just starting out it does. It takes a lot of practice and if you are thinking you just aren't a runner, end of story, you should probably start with your head game. That's where I started because I was not always a runner. I actually just celebrated my first race anniversary this past March.
Can you please look at this girls legs? Inspiration enough to run! - Maeg
Because of this, I thought it would be a great idea to talk about some of the things I have learned in the last year or so, especially for those of you just starting out like Maeg.

I am going to start kind of harsh...

ONE. Every runner hates the first two miles. A lot of long distance runners don't even hit their sweet spot until mile 5! You have to find a way to get over the pain, practice some new breathing rhythms & play mind games with yourself. I just don't want to paint this picture that all of "us" runners are immune to the pain and feel no challenge. We do! It is what comes after you knock your walls down and push past your own limitations that you feel how amazing running is, you just have to make the commitment to get there. Keep pushing. 

TWO. Get the right gear. It will make all the difference. Get fitted for good shoes and wear every moisture wicking garment you can, including your socks!!! You will feel better, be less distracted and confident on the road. 

THREE. Take time to listen to your body & get a roller!!! Make it a part of your routine to roll early on, especially your IT band. You will thank me later. Google more on this if you can. (Info here).

FOUR. There is no other sport, in my opinion, that shakes up your stomach more than running. If you are running longer than an hour you need some sort of fuel. There are so many different products to chose from and what works for you one month might have you gagging or in a port a potty the next. On another note what you eat before runs, even the night before, can have you looking for the closest tree or bush out on the road. This is real life people and it will just take trial and error for you. 

FIVE. Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate all day! Everyday! It will really help you be a better runner and it is preferable that you are drinking h2o, not beer, wine or tequila :) 


Well, Jess, you had me until you said I couldn't hydrate with tequila. I'll have to re-think this whole running thing.

Y'all go visit Jessica for more running inspiration via her blog, Twitter, Instagram & Facebook. Or just to be cute and say hi!

Do you have a running tip to share? I'll take all the help I can get!

15 comments on "Not A Runner? We've Got You Covered."
  1. So true about the first 2 miles being the hardest. I don't get into my "groove" until about 5 km into it. Then it's all just going until I want to stop.

    Great post!

  2. I have had a super hard time with cardio since I have started my fitness journey so thus really helps and gets me excited about my cardio tomorrow! Thanks girl!

  3. I love all these tips. I use to run in college then stopped at graduation for a "break" and never picked it back up again. Love all these tips!

  4. My husband is the runner in the family--I still don't see the attraction, though I'm impressed by people who are so passionate about it!

  5. This is helpful and encouraging...I'm halfway through Couch to 5K and have NEVER been a runner before. And having never done this I need all the tips and encouragement I can get!! Thanks:)

  6. Great tips... and I agree it takes a mile if not more for me to find a groove and motivation to keep going.

  7. Great tips!! I HATE cardio but I try to do what I can. I think once you find something you enjoy you just have to keep at it!

    <3, Pamela

  8. Yay for running! You are totally right, the first two (sometimes three!) miles suck but after that, you're golden!!

  9. Great tips, thank you for sharing. I definitely love weight training more, but a few months ago I actually got more into running, I'm starting to really enjoy it ;)

  10. What great timing for this post! I just started training for my very first 5k today and I hated it ;) I am not a runner but I am slowly hoping to become one. These were great tips!!

  11. You are so right - I HATE EVERY TIME that first mile... EVERY TIME!!!
    My tip - get some good beats. Music will help you move even when you don't want to...

  12. Running really takes a lot of practice to learn to love it. I had gotten to a place where I was running 6-7 miles comfortably at a time and that was a big accomplishment for me, and I'm a fitness freak! I just had my 3rd baby though so I am again starting from scratch. My goal is to run a half marathon in January.

  13. I 100% agree about the first two miles! I have to "mentally" talk to myself and say "you can do this"!!!

  14. I'm still battling with the first two miles, some days it's fun but some days... ergh.

    Kathleen @ Made In The 1990's.

  15. Great tips! Jess is great :) she's right about hating the beginning of a run. I don't know why it is always so hard at the start. Annoying. Also: tip #2 after a run, eat a cupcake. Because you earned it. Amen.


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