Dinner last night was REALLY delicious but I am not going to lie, it was a little too quiet. My nieces and nephew were not at dinner and I missed their little personalities so much. Okay, I have to stop talking about it otherwise the tears will stain my keyboard (even though it is already sticky and stained from lemonade and pot stickers). I will just make up for not hanging out with them yesterday by forcing them to go swimming with me today.
My mom made some homemade chocolate buttercream frosting to top our yellow cake and it is always my job to frost the cake because it really is one of my favorite things to do in the world. It is therapeutic. My mom, sis and I actually took a cake decorating class ten years ago and it is one of my favorite memories ever.
The best part of the night was watching the Bachelorette with our friends.
We enjoyed grape soda and popcorn. I love grape soda so very much because it tastes just like melted grape otter pops.
I haven’t always loved running, I definitely DON’T love running for the first 2.3 miles of every run (that is how long it takes me to warm up) and the part that I love most about running is the last mile and the endorphin high after but I can honestly say I love running. You are welcome for the best run on sentence ever. Some days are awful, some are amazing but there are a few things that you can do that I think might convince you to love running even a little more. My main goal in life is for running to take over the planet.
Here are a few ways that I think will help you to love running even more:
1. Switch up your workouts. Doing the same 3 mile route is boring or hitting the treadmill for 60 minutes every day at the same pace (I’m one to talk;) is lame sauce. Add in different lengths, speeds and routes and you will start looking forward to doing different things. I found these AWESOME speed workouts from Runner’s World Complete Book of Running.
2. Sign up for races. I ran for almost 8 years without ever signing up for a race (I ran a few track meets in 10th grade but that’s it). They always intimidated me and I thought I would never be good enough for them. My friend convinced me to run a marathon with her and I was hooked. The race environment is so much fun and having a race on the calendar is a great way to stay motivated.
3. Take off the pressure. Getting down on yourself and stressing out about running is not going to make you love running. Instead realize that you are going to have bad races and bad days and that you run for the way it makes you feel rather than always winning or getting a new pr.
4. Learn about it. I swear that if you learn more about a subject and all of the details you grow to love it more. The more I research and read about running the more I love it. Learn about all of the amazing benefits from running and working out. Research the proper gear, form and racing techniques to make your runs more enjoyable because running in the wrong shoes or with the wrong form is not so fun.
5. Realize that it takes time to really start loving it. Billy used to wonder why in the world I would choose to run if it wasn’t while I was playing another sport. Now he misses running so much while his IT band is healing. I think that once you can run about 5ish miles comfortably then you will start to like it more, it is a hard thing to start but stick with it and be consistent. Fake it to make it.
6. Take breaks. I am a huge fan of taking a rest day each week. I always take my rest day on Sundays and I swear that Monday runs are my absolute favorite. Our body needs rest and we will get burnt out without it. Give yourself a break and I bet your bottom dollar that you will enjoy the run after a break so much more.
7. Another thing I used to never do because I was way to nervous to try it out was to run with other people. I didn’t want to mess up their workout or worry about taking a potty break. Now I look forward to my runs the most when I know I have a buddy to do it with. It is the best, free way to hang out with friends and family in my opinion.
8. Be your own biggest cheerleader (this has a lot to do with #3). Our thoughts and perception shape everything in our lives. Finishing a run telling yourself you are so slow and that you are the worst runner ever is not going to help you to enjoy running. Instead try telling yourself that you are the bomb.com and that you just ran ____ miles and how awesome that is! I think that one of the main contributors to running my marathon pr was how positive I was with myself that day.
What makes you really love running? Anything to add to the list to help people to enjoy running more?
What is your normal rest day? Does it change?
Do you put a lot of pressure on yourself when it comes to running or working out?
Bachelorette peeps: Were you happy with the ending?