The biggest concern I hear from fellow aspiring mom-runners is “I don’t have time.” Juggling things like work and family take up the majority of our days, but with some changes to our daily routines the reality is that most of us can find a way to free up at least 30 minutes 3-4 days a week for a workout. Like with any new project, you need a plan. You need to set some realistic goals, commit, and take the steps required to reach them. Most people are resistant to change. As Charles Kettering once said, “The world hates change, yet it is the only thing that has brought progress.” At first it might be hard to stick to your plan, but once you get into a routine you’ll find that you don’t miss your old one. This is the wonderful new you, and life feels so much better than it did before!
I’m so excited to be starting this blog. I want to help and keep up with other moms who have wanted to be runners, but aren’t sure how or where to start. Similar to starting a fitness routine it might take me a while to get into the groove of things, so I appreciate your patience! Below are a few tips I have for those beginners who are ready to make a plan for success!
- Think about your daily/weekly routine. Where, and on which days, can you squeeze in a 30 minute workout? Consider getting up 40 minutes early, cutting out time in front of the TV, pre-making a few dinners, etc. Write it down, and post it where you and your family will be reminded of the schedule.
- Stick to the routine! If you miss a day, get back to it the next. Don’t let bad days or unexpected situations discourage you.
- Pay attention to what you put in your body. Eating too many or too little calories will make you feel sluggish, which makes working out pretty miserable. Remember, carbs provide you with energy. A low-carb diet is not ideal for a runner. A diet rich in whole grains, lean proteins, fruits & veggies will make you feel great before, during, and after your runs.
- Make a list of goals; short and long-term. Post them in important places where you will see them on a daily basis. Mine are on my refrigerator, at my desk, and on my vanity. Hold yourself accountable, and track your progress.
- Make sure you take time to enjoy most of your runs. Don’t over-exert yourself. The harder you are on yourself, the more likely you are to get burnt out. This journey is too great to give up because you were pushing too hard too soon!
If you have questions or need advice… ask away in the comments! I could use a few topics to write on J