I hope to be adding information on running and offer some advice that has helped me in my experiences of running. Below are some helpful links for nutrition advice, motivation, strength building and injury prevention:
- Building Muscle: A Runners Muscle Building
- Core: A Runners Strong Core
- Avoiding Injury with simple Stretching
- Nutrition for runners
There will be days when running is hard, and you would rather hit snooze on your alarm clock and stay in bed for that extra hour or so. I will be honest and say that it’s not always easy to get out of bed. Especially when it’s blizzarding out or raining cats and dogs (this happens a lot in the Inland Northwest; not the literal cats and dogs).
Runners endure it all: snow, sleet, hail, rain, ice, wind, and subzero weather, but for some reason it doesn’t deter us from running (or at least on most days). I don’t know how many times I have been called “crazy,” “insane,” and “highly motivated,” I like the later, for running in subzero weather, icy conditions, and blizzards. What can I say I am addicted and would feel worse without my run, then when I am running in less then optimal conditions. Plus it feels good watching people stare at you in unbelief and amazement, and cheer you on.
This is my dad and I at my first triathlon. He is one of those great supporters and always cheers me on. Quick tip: find supporters!! Share your joys of running, your pains of running, and your experiences with others (family, friends, co-workers, other runners), you are bound to find someone to support you and relate to!! Blogging has helped me find so many!!
Don’t be hard on yourself if you rather sleep in when conditions aren’t perfect, but don’t make it a habit and don’t be a running snob who needs PERFECT conditions; that’s just not going to happen.