Have you ever started “Couch to 5K” and never finished? Or downloaded an app to your phone like “Map My Run” and didn’t follow through? Or maybe even joined one of the social network type programs to kick start your fitness, only to find the motivation isn’t there?
Weight loss and “getting back into shape” has been a failed goal of mine for years. YEARS. If you’ve read the blog for any amount of time, you might remember that is USED TO be a marathoner, crossfitter, paleo fanatic, health food nut. I had a baby and it all fell apart, and the general busy-ness of life took over my waistline.
On March 28th I’ve committed myself to run a 5k in Lexington, KY. Running with the boyfriend. The last 5k we did I finished in 46 minutes. How embarrassing! In my defense, it was my first race in three years, I was pushing a 30 pound three year old escape artist in a running stroller, and I had not trained at all. This time will be different. No kid in stroller, hopefully by then 30 pounds lighter than the first race, and a little training under my belt.
Here are some actual things me, a real life person, is doing to train for a race in less than a month.
1. Take a before photo. As gross as you *think* you look, take the photo. With a sports bra and underwear, a bikini, whatever. Just be scantily clad enough to be able to see a difference when you compare your body in a month or more to that photo. This photo is for reference! It’s not to post on social media or send to your boyfriend. Keep it to yourself.
My before photo is nasty. I can see all the cellulite on my butt, the fat rolls on my back under my sports bra, the layer of fat covering my abdomen. I am disgusted by my before photo.
I started using Thrive October 1, 2014. I had lost nine pounds since starting Thrive in December, and didn’t really see a difference. I hadn’t remembered had taken a before photo! So far I have lost around 16 pounds total and the difference is amazing.
2. Find an app that will actually work for you, or a calendar insert, something to track your progress. Some apps have a group fitness community dynamic that can really help with motivation.
Or, check this planner out. Before I stopped being a dedicated runner, this is what I used every year. Loved this planner.
3. Check out apps like this:
These give you ideas for short workouts. A little bit of activity goes a long way, especially if you’re normally sedentary! In order to work up to running a 5K, you have to gain cardiovascular strength.
4. Use a tracking device, like the Fitbit.
Or the Jawbone Up 24
These devices really have helped a lot of people stay on track.
5. Make sure you get sleep. You cannot train for anything if your body is too tired. Sleep, and lack thereof, affects every aspect of our lives. Make sure you can recognize how much sleep you need to function properly and get that amount every night.
6. Actually pick a race and pay the race fee. At that point, the motivation is there. Money invested is always a motivator.
7. Find the right running shoes. Go to a professional shop and get fitted. Buy the shoes they recommend. Generally if you go to a mom and pop shop in your town that sells running shoes, their advice can be heeded. With the right shoes, you can save yourself a lot of aches and pains and injuries.
8. Feed your body properly. Eat enough calories, fat, protein to keep your body running.
9. Find a training schedule that is compatible with your life.
10. Just start training. No excuses.
For some extra motivation, read some of these books :