Welcome Back to our Series on Running Tips for NEW Runners- sponsored by our friends at Superfeet!
Read on from Bonnie Pfiester, what she has to share about her running experience:
“One of the things I always say is “I don’t run because I love the feeling of running. I run because it makes me love the feeling of living”. For me, running is a chore; a responsibility. It’s like going to work. If I want to get paid, I have to keep showing up. However, I have learned to make the most out of the experience with a few simple rules.
1.) I never just exercise my body without exercising my mind. I use my running time to kill two important birds with one stone; to get fit inside and out. This way, no matter how hard the run is, I finish feeling stronger and better one way or another.
2.) I release myself from feeling like every run has to be amazing, fast or hard. I will never run if I’m striving for a new PR every single time I lace up. If I feel like stopping to take a picture of a bird (like I did this morning), I do it. Life is too short to race through this life and miss fun moments like sunsets and saying hi to a neighbor.
3.) I add fun things and people to my run. When I really don’t want to run, I run with a friend or take my 2 Great Danes with me. I may not have a great or fast run, but I have fun – and that is important if you are wanting running to be a healthy maintainable lifestyle. Just like the African Proverb says “If you want to go fast, go alone but if you want to go far, go together”.
This couldn’t be more true. Even if you enjoy your quiet time, being a part of an online running community, meeting up with a friend once a week or simply running with your dog can be a great way to go the distance.”
Bonnie Pfiester, Trainer, PFITblog.com
We hear a lot about how running time gives runners “me time” or “mind time”. Many runners use their runs, whether inside or outside, to stretch their mind. For many, running time, without headphones can be a time to relax the mind and focus on balancing out the busy stressful day. For others, they love to run with headphones on, and more often, we hear about runners using this time to listen to audio books or podcasts. (Hello, can we recommend a GREAT podcast? The FitFluential Radio Podcast– -over 125 free episodes on everything health, wellness and fitness. Click on over to see some of the episodes and show notes here, and subscribe on iTunes or Stitcher!) So many runners find themselves running longer because they become so enthralled with a book or podcast. Double win.
What’s your preference? Running with music? Running with nothing? Running and listening to podcasts or books?
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