Exercise Challenge Week Two: Four Tips To Help You With The Challenge

Posted on Jun 24 2013 - 7:00am by Markell

For those of you who don’t know, I’m hosting a summer running challenge. The goal is to run 100 miles during the summer. I made up a schedule that will allow you to do this without any crazy runs and only running three times/week. There are quite a few bloggers that are joining me on this, and I’d love to hear about anyone else who decides to take the challenge! Leave me a comment if you’re doing it and I’m going to link up all the bloggers at some point during the challenge. 

How are you all feeling after week one? I’m feeling great 🙂 Although, I did start running about two weeks earlier so last week was not my first week, but it was my first week of the ab and squat challenge! It feels good to be working out and getting in shape, right? I thought I’d share with you a few things that have helped me through that first week!

I think it’s good to have measurable goals. My main goal for this summer is to lose 15 pounds. Right now I’m sitting at right about 135. When I got married, I was 115. I would be really happy to be at 120. That is my goal. What is yours? 

Here are three simple tips that helped me this week. 

One: If you have a smartphone, get some good apps to help you through your run. I use Nike+Running to track my distance and my phones timer to track intervals. I also use Pandora to give me some good tunes. My favorite station is hip hop workout station. Sometimes the songs are a little inappropriate, but, whatever, that’s what the skip button is for. 

Two: I mentioned in tip number one that I use a timer for interval training. One thing that really helps me run farther is to tell myself that I can run for x amount of time before stopping. I start off low, one or two minutes, and I just run until the timer goes off. You can do anything for one or two minutes, right? Once that timer goes off, take a  break. Walk for a bit.  Then get back at it for another minute or two. 

Three: Stretch! Don’t forget to stretch out after and before your run. I know you already know you should do this, but do you? Stretch will allow your body to heal faster after your run and you won’t be so sore afterwords. 

Four: Be consistent. It is SO hard to run after not running for a week. If you are running every other or every three days, your body is still used to running and the run is much more enjoyable. 

Leave me a comment and let me know how you’re doing with your summer workouts! 

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3 Comments so far. Feel free to join this conversation.

  1. Aubrey June 24, 2013 at 2:52 pm - Reply

    I was still too sore from running way long on Saturday to run this morning, but I'm hoping I'll be in better shape by this evening.

  2. Vonnie June 24, 2013 at 4:33 pm - Reply

    Keep it up girl!
    It's so easy to forget to stretch. Thanks for the reminder!

  3. Tess June 30, 2013 at 1:52 pm - Reply

    I would love to leave a relevant comment, but I am so outside the runner reality all I can say is BRAVO! I wish I could join you. 🙂 I'm working on getting back into bike riding. It's been so long and it's going very slow right now.

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