January 22, 2016

oh hey, friday! | how to be a runner

did this week fly by for anyone else? i swear i blinked and now it's friday.

that would explain the exhaustion.

if i could just have like...four more hours in a day i'd use one of those hours for sleep, one of those hours for more cuddles, one of those hours for more play time, and the last for silence. glorious glorious quietness where i would sit alone and everything would be still and peaceful and calm. ahhhhh.

can i get an amen?

but before i begin my daydream of a 28 hour day...

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M Y  F I V E - how to be a runner

umm...hello! i've been getting my fitness on and it's been glorious. my forever most favorite type of cardio is running. love it. can't get enough of it. must have it. but this hasn't always been the case! it's been a long, hard journey of about 12 years - 25 pounds + 2 pregnancies + a lot of treadmill miles. oh! and about 12 pairs of running shoes. i love running shoes...almost as much as my beloved frye booties.

what i'm saying is this - if you're not a runner or just a beginning runner or want to be a better runner, i'm here to share some of my strategies on how to act like a runner which will hopefully trick your body // mind into performing the act of running with ease...or something like that.

1. fitbit
first of all...do you have a fitbit? i do. add me! (karlib83 [at] gmail [dot] com)

this strategy is super simple. you have your fitbit or pedometer. you set your goal. you don't quit moving until your goal is reached. it doesn't matter if you have to stop and walk for 30 seconds or a minute here and there. the important thing is that you're constantly moving until your goal is reached!

2. be consistent
this one is totally hard, but will be the maker or breaker in your running relationship. i always shoot for 3 - 4 days of running a week for at least 30 minutes...but never more than an hour, unless i'm training for a half marathon.

this doesn't mean i just hop on the treadmill, bust out my 30 and call it a day. sometimes running is hard. even after 12 years. so if my legs are feeling heavy or i didn't get a great night of sleep...i totally take it easy. i give myself a break! i'll tell myself, "okay...run for five minutes, walk for one minute."

you will be totally amazed at how fast the time flies by. just those subtle change-ups in your pace make the time zoom.

3. running collateral
my name is karli and i have a problem - i'm addicted to running shorts. i'm telling you what, the lulu lemon 4-way stretch speed short is where it's at. i own five pair.

plus...there is totally nothing more motivating than new running gear. also...when it comes to running, your clothing can play a huge role in your performance! what i'm saying is...ditch the cotton shirt and cotton socks. get some ridiculously cute and comfortable duds...and get your sweat on.

4. trick yourself
oh my gosh. this one is kind of embarrassing to admit, but there really is nothing more mundane than running on the treadmill. one of my tricks is to just turn the iPad on and go for it. but sometimes that doesn't even work. that's when i start playing mind-games with myself. hear me out...

the following is a literal internal conversation with myself -

guh. i don't want to run. okay...just run until you get to two miles then you can take a five minute walk break. (this conversation works for me about 95% of the time.)

guh. i don't want to run. okay...just run another half mile. (i reach half mile) okay...now just run until you're at 15 minutes. (i reach 15 minutes) okay, make your mileage a good round number. (i reach that round number) okay...you're almost to 20 minutes, just run to 20 minutes...

the conversation goes like this the entire run and usually i end up getting a solid amount of mileage in. it happens a lot. yes...i'm crazy.

5. we all have "off" days
oh friends. we all have off days. it kind of seems like most of my running days are off days. i'm just not a natural talent. but i love it. so i keep at it. my point is...we all have off days, but it's rising above your head and just doing it. (not a nike ad.)

so my next trick is - get dressed! yep. put your running clothes and shoes on and i'm telling you what, you'll probably go running. i mean...getting dressed is half the battle, right?!

and my final trick - run for 10 minutes. no seriously. run for 10 and if you still feel like garbage and don't want to go on, stop. today is not the day for a run. however, if you manage 10 and you aren't feeling too shabby - keep going! you're on the road to put some milage on those shoes!

and that's that. my tricks to be a runner. i hope at least one or some of these help you! happy trails.

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  1. Oh how I needed this today. I have been a cookie eating, wine drinking, couch potato, slacker for weeks. Can't blame it on winter, can't blame it on the holidays, just plain....lazy. I even do the "get dressed" thing because quite frankly, don't we all look great in our running gear!!! Then, something stops me and I'm back to the all of the above. Today's excuse, ice storm. So here we go again.....

  2. Awwww I love your honest insights - Have a lovely weekend!


  3. I totally trick myself to when running on my elliptical! Just make it to 10 minutes, oh now 10 minutes, you are so close to 10,000 steps, just get 10,000 steps! Funny how well it really works!

  4. We went out to dinner with friends last night and somehow a pact was made that we're running a 5K together in a few months. What I got from that pact is that it's time for some lulu shorts!

  5. Girl you are getting it on the fitness routine lately! Good for you! I need to get motivated to get back in the groove this week.

  6. how kind of you to share your extra four hours with others. this mama would take those 4 glorious hours, run away and sit alone. you are one selfless mama bear.

  7. These are such good tips. And yes! Could we just add a few more hours to the day? I have tried getting up earlier to get my exercise and work in and well, when the kiddos are sick and waking up I kid you not 12 times a night it is not happening. So it seems more realistic to hope for 28 hour days, right? Love these tips! I am going to email you with a question. Would love your #fitmama tips! I am going to add you to my fitbit! I have loved the TIU Challenge so far!

    Annie- All Things Big And Small

  8. So happy to have found your blog! I love my Fitbit I just got it and it's so fun! My whole family is on it!

  9. I wish this week flew by - mine crawled by. But it's Friday, so we're all good now! I need a Fitbit! I've been tracking my steps on my phone, but it misses all my little steps throughout the day when I'm not carrying it. I want more accuracy!

  10. I've been working on being a runner for 2 years now - its a slow process for me but at least I'm still working on it and keeping at it! I'm forced to use my treadmill during the winter because I live in Saskatchewan and would break a leg running on the icy roads and I turn on netflix to keep myself occupied and then just keep tellin myself ' only this many more minutes and then you can walk' and work my way up. I don't know what I'd do without Netflix though - treadmill running can be SO boring!

    Added you on Fitbit - its my life saver!

  11. I do the exact same thing! I make deals with myself. Hey if it works, it works!

  12. Great tips. I have the same conversation in my head when running as well :)

  13. Thanks for these tips I have found it really hard after the Christmas break to get me running consistently. It has been a challenge to say the least so I am sure these tips will come in handy.

  14. Looks like I am going to have to invest in some cute, quality running clothes after this baby arrives! I really love using the couch to 5K app (even though I've never actually done the whole thing). It's always a 30 minute workout, it tells you when to walk, and it helps you build up to a steady pace.

  15. I would need someone to tie $100 to a string attached to a car and drive it in front of me to make me a runner. $100 would totally be enough retail therapy to overcome the trauma of all the running.

  16. Read this yesterday. Laying in bed this morning and I can HEAR YOU IN MY HEAD. "Just do 15 minutes. Do that and you can stop. Okay, push for 20. The sooner you get up and do it the sooner you're done." I just finished my first run in over a year. I hate you. And by hate I mean kinda love.

  17. We should totally get a bunch of bloggers together for a Fitbit Work Week Hustle or Weekend Warrior Challenge. It would be a great way to motivate each other.

  18. I just got a Fitbit for Christmas and I am obsessed. It's been challenging to get all my steps in now that I'm back to work and sitting at a desk for 8 hours, but I try to get up and move during breaks and make multiple trips to the photocopier and printer.

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