HOW TO SET: WEEKLY GOALS

Get Shit Done, Goal Setting

Okay, now that you’ve got your MONTHLY GOALS planned out (if not – check out this blog post) – it’s time to set some WEEKLY GOALS to accomplish those! Each week, I sit back down with my paper and pen (and crayons admittedly) and create a weekly goal list. This helps me to break those monthly goals down into actual tasks that I can gradually accomplish! Here’s how it goes…


STEP 1:

Write the days of the week on one axis (you can choose how to organize it & whether you prefer the days of the week to be on the top of the paper or the side – I’ve tried both)!

STEP 2:

Write out the 6-8 areas of your life from your monthly goal list on the other axis of the paper (PRO TIP: I also include a section for “other” to include random responsibilities/life things that come up – doctors appointments, birthdays, etc.)

STEP 3:

Write out small daily goals for each of the days/areas of your life. Here are some examples:

If my EMOTIONAL HEALTH MONTHLY GOAL is to practice gratitude 5 minutes/day then…
Under “EMOTIONAL HEALTH” I will write “5 min of gratitude” as a daily goal for each day of the week.

If my PHYSICAL HEALTH MONTHLY GOAL is to do abs 3x/week then…
Under “PHYSICAL HEALTH” I will choose 3 days to write “abs for 10 min.” as a daily goal.

If my BLOG MONTHLY GOAL is to write 3 posts per week then…
Under “BLOG” I will choose 3 days and write the ideas for what I will post on those days
(PRO TIP: The more time and energy you put into actually specifically planning what you will do/how long you will do it – the more likely you are to actually follow through)!

Ready to set some goals?! Take those monthly goals and break them down into weekly, and daily, goals for this upcoming week – and before you know it, you’ll be crossing items off and gaining momentum & balance in all areas of your life! Make sure you take a picture of your weekly goals and share it with me on Instagram at @raceacrossthestates!

ROAD TRIP PLAYLIST

Running

Giants” – Dermot Kennedy
Living on the Edge” – Aerosmith
Come Together” – Gary Clark Version
Greyhound” – Swedish House Mafia
Perfect” – Logic
August” – Taylor Swift
Till I Colapse” – Eminem
All the Way Up” – Fat Joe
Blinding Lights” – The Weekend
Sad Sad City” – Ghostland Observatory
Automobile” – KALEO
I’m Gonna Be” – The Proclaimers
Where is the Love” – Black Eyed Peas
Shotgun” – George Ezra
Magic in the Hamptons” – Social House
Sweet Home Alabama” – Lynyrd Skynyrd
What a Man Gotta Do” – Jonas Brothers
ME!” – Taylor Swift
Same Love” Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
Honey, I’m Good” – Andy Grammar
Vienna” – Billy Joel
Pompeii” – Bastille
Wild Wild Love” – Pitbull
Hard to Forget” – Sam Hunt

Runner’s Share: Pre-Run Fuel

Runner's Share

Need some suggestions for fueling up before you run?
Check out these awesome ideas from Instagram runners around the world:


PRE-RUN FUEL:

THE CARBS:

+ Oatmeal
+ Cream of rice
+ Cliff Bar
+ English Muffin
+ Toast
+ Cereal
+ Bagel
+ Nuun
+ Waffle
+ Honey
+ Saltine crackers

THE PROTEINS:

+ Peanut Butter
+ Egg Whites
+ Marigold Protein bar
+ Cliff Bar
+ Nuts
+ Hummus

THE FRUITZ:

+ Banana
+ Green Apple
+ Blueberries
+ Apple sauce
+ Raisins

THE OTHER STUFF:

+ Coffee
+ An oatmeal raisin cookie


WHAT ABOUT PRE-RACE MEALS?!

NIGHT BEFORE:

+ Pizza & donuts the night before
+ Heavy spicy stew with rich homemade broth and loaded with veggies
+ Chicken Parmesan
+ Nashville Hot Chicken Sandwich + a long island
+ Black bean and beet burger from No Meat Athlete
+ Cheeseburger
+ Steak & potatoes
+ Pizza and wine
+ Pasta or a turkey sandwich
+ PIZZA
+ Carbs & less protein (something easy to digest) and then water

DAY OF:

+ Home-made banana bread
+ A banana with a sprinkle of salt
+ Dried banana chips and Maurten gels during
+ Avocado bagel
+ Peanut butter and bread with half a banana
+ Nothing, oatmeal, or PB toast – depends on my race strategy or distance
+ Cliff bar, banana, 12 oz. salted water, and a 5 hr. energy
+ Bagel & cream cheese
+ Greek yogurt with granola or cereal
+ English muffin with laughing cow cheese
+ Bagel & honey
+ Sausage, egg, and cheese breakfast sandwich
+ Sourdough bread slices
+ Black coffee
+ MUST INCLUDE PEANUT BUTTER
+ Oatmeal (preferably chocolate chip)



THANK YOU TO ALL THE AMAZING RUNNERS WHO CONTRIBUTED THEIR IDEAS TO THIS POST:

@minimalinfluence – @sergio_guerra_r – @randyrunzmaine – @cris.tianlg – @kaf_runn – @runningbaldman – @jimmystixruns – @queen_authentic – @lea.zun – @scrubs_n_spandex – @andrewtram – @dontcallita_runback – @elaina_runs – @nomivv – @tbogda0471 – @dp_on_the_go – @ellakbuss – @lindseyandrew – @oli_beringer – @millzgotmiles – @zhanelturarbek – @t_perk13 – @ruben_sgomes – @j5thekosmostones – @dwaynejordan23 – @nartron3k – @siamese.runner – @fafi_stags – @trekettup – @caragiovannaa – @willa_jace01- @run_like_a_mother2 – @lenaclaudia – @dan_runs_downtown – @jordynefriedenfels – @thatsastep1 – @madisonbrookeharmer – @stevekorchinos – @elite.et – @1beer.1mile – @emily_kenyon4 – @mikefire53 – @stavlevyhalabe – @run_emc – @kelli.threet – @casi.lummer – @sprintergonedistance – @amystrahan – @sk1nnylegs – @lizzieroyer – @ambegezda – @_tony_trains – @runthefifty_ – @frumpycob – @hannalyn13 – @will.run.for.smiles – @innerathletemi – @xtyleryoungx – @wilson.50.by.50

Once you’ve explored, make sure to share your own suggestions below!

TO FUEL OR NOT TO FUEL

Fuel

Do you eat before you run?

Okay. I mean. Most say that you should fuel up before a run – ESPECIALLY before a race – but why? We all know that it helps to sustain your energy, keeps you going, helps to ensure sure you don’t crash mid-run… but I’m a morning runner – and I don’t always LIKE – or have TIME – to fuel up before I head out.

But what’s actually best?


Here are a few things to consider when figuring out what is best for YOU:

TIME:

How long do you need to digest your fuel?

And, according to Mayo Clinic – digestion time varies between individuals and between men and women. What does this mean for you? It means that IT DEPENDS. You may need to experiment and explore with different foods, times, and combinations before you find what’s best for you personally. What else does this mean? It means that when someone is telling you exactly what you should do – BE CAUTIOUS. Nobody knows what’s best for you except for…well… you.

Whatcha been eating all week?

Fueling up isn’t only about the pre-run snack or meal – it can also include everything you’ve been eating for days prior – and EVERYONE’S NEEDS ARE DIFFERENT. For me personally, if I eat too big of a meal the night before my race – I’M GOING DOWN. Seriously. I’ve had to move my “pre-run” meal to the entire week before the race. If I eat too late – say, carb-loading the night before the race – personally, my body definitely does not have time to process what I’ve eaten. When this happens, I get sick, have more cramps, and sometimes have a “heavy” feeling that keeps me from running as fast as I can. Finding what works best for you takes time though, and lots of trial-and-error. It’s taken me 6 years to figure out what’s best for me personally, and I’m still learning (and my body is always changing). So make sure you consider the fact that your body is using fuel that it has stored over time – not just from the morning of the run or race.


TYPE:

What type of run are you doing?

Long runs?

Lizzie Kasparek, R.D., sports dietitian for the Sanford Sports Science Institute – suggests “eating two to four hours before a long run.” Long runs require much more energy – which means you may not have adequate fuel in your system to keep you going without a little pre-run snack or meal. However – with this fuel – comes a digestion time. It’s important to consider how much you’ve eaten and how much time you’ll need to digest it before you head out for that longer run!

What about shorter runs?

According to Vishal Patel, chief sports nutritionist at Nuun, if you’re going out for a short run (say 3-4 miles) – you can likely “skip the pre-run meal or snack.” Why is this? Because your body may actually have enough energy stored up in the form of carbs and nutrients to get you through the run. HOWEVER – AGAIN – it is all about your personal preference and needs. If you find that fueling up before a short run best enhances your performance – GO FOR IT. Everyone has different nutritional needs, and you know those needs best.


FOOD:

What are you fueling up with & how much?

It’s also important to fuel up on the RIGHT KIND of foods if you’re going to be eating that pre-run snack or meal. And not just the right kind – but the RIGHT AMOUNT as well. We all know what high-fiber foods do… so maybe lay off the broccoli & beans before you go for your run. But fueling up on some carbs & protein – Kasparek suggests – can be quickly turned into energy to use on those runs. A little oatmeal, some toast and peanut butter, a power bar – just a few options to keep that energy high. But make sure you’re consuming an amount that optimizes your performance. Personally, I eat a power-bar a few hours before a race. It’s light enough that it doesn’t feel like a huge meal – but it gives me enough energy to get me through.


BOTTOM LINE:

It’s all about finding what’s best for you. And it will take a little bit of exploration and experimentation. Everyone has different needs, bodies, and schedules – and therefor, we all have different pre-run preparation. Finding what works best for you is an ever-evolving process, and that’s okay! Just keep exploring and enjoying the process! Share your pre-run fuel plan below!




SOURCES:

Heather Mayer Irvine Freelance Writer Heather is the former food and nutrition editor for Runner’s World and the author of The Runner’s World Vegetarian Cookbook. “Unsure What to Eat Before a Run? These Ideas Fuel Every Distance and Sit Well.” Runner’s World, 3 Apr. 2020, www.runnersworld.com/nutrition-weight-loss/a20853304/what-do-i-eat-before-my-race/.

Laurel Leicht Updated August 14, and Laurel Leicht. “What to Eat Before, During, and After Running.” Health.com, www.health.com/fitness/what-to-eat-before-running.

Luff, Christine. “Why Should You Eat Before a Run?” Verywell Fit, 2 Apr. 2020, http://www.verywellfit.com/should-i-eat-before-a-run-2911547.

FUEL REVIEW: Mediterranean Orzo & Roasted Veggie Salad

Fuel Review

MEDITERRANEAN ORZO & ROASTED VEGGIE SALAD

INSPIRED BY: THIS RECIPE

AMY RATING:

SERVINGS:

+ 5-6 servings

NUTRITION INFO:

+ 420 calories/serving (6 servings)
+ 505 calories/serving (5 servings)

NOTES:

+ From start to finish – this recipe takes about an hour (including baking time of the veggies).
+ I chose to add black beans and corn to the recipe for some extra color and protein
+ You can adjust the seasoning and the ingredients to fit your preferences!

INGREDIENTS:

FOR ORZO & VEGGIES:

+ 1 red bell pepper
+ 1 yellow bell pepper
+ 1 orange bell pepper
+ 1 green bell pepper
+ 1 bunch asparagus
+ 1 can of corn
+ 1 can black beans
+ 1 onion
+ 2 tbsp. olive oil
+ 4 tsp. garlic
+ 2 cups grape tomatoes
+ 1 cup uncooked orzo pasta

FOR DRESSING:

+ 2 or 3 lemons (based on preference – I used 3!)
+ 2 tbsp. olive oil
+ 1 tsp. salt
+ 1 tsp. pepper

TOPPINGS:

+ 3 tbsp. parsley
+ 6 tbsp. crumbled feta cheese

STEPS:

STEP 1: VEGGIES

+ Preheat oven to 425

+ Prepare a sheet pan with olive oil (You may need two)

+ Chop up the peppers, asparagus, onion, tomatoes, and garlic
(Dice the peppers, cut asparagus in half or thirds, dice onions, cut tomatoes in half, mince garlic)

+ Toss the veggies with the olive oil on the sheet pan and ensure that all veggies are spread on the pan without overlap

+ Season with salt and pepper and put into the oven

+ Bake veggies in oven for 30-40 minutes (check regularly and continue to flip veggies every 10-15 minutes)

STEP 2: ORZO & DRESSING

+ While veggies are cooking, start boiling water for orzo

+ While waiting for water to boil, prepare the dressing

+ Add lemon juice, salt, pepper, and olive oil to bowl and whisk

+ Once water is boiling, add orzo to pot (orzo will take approximately 7-8 minutes to cook based on preference)

+ While orzo is cooking, open and rinse black beans and corn – set aside

+ Once pasta is finished, strain and place in bowl with a little olive oil
(enough to coat – this will help to keep the orzo from getting sticky while the veggies finish up)

STEP 3: PUT IT TOGETHER

+ Once veggies are finished, remove and dump into large mixing bowl

+ Add the rinsed black beans, corn, and pasta

+ Add the dressing

+ Toss lightly

+ Chop up parsley (enough to preference) and add to mixture

+ Taste & season to preference with salt and pepper (and lemon juice if you’d like more)

+ Split up into 4-5 containers based on calorie preferences

+ When you’re ready to eat a serving, top with feta cheese!

+ ENJOY!

RUNNER’S SHARE: NEVER HAVE I EVER…

Runner's Share

Ever wondered whether other runners do the same weird shit as you?

Yeah, so have I. So I took it to Instagram to find out how many other runners have actually done some of the weirdest “runner things” during their journey. And the results are in…


NEVER HAVE I EVER:

LOST A TOENAIL?

Of 363 runners…

149 HAVE | 214 HAVE NOT


PEED IN THE WOODS OR IN A BUSH?

Of 372 runners…

251 HAVE | 121 HAVE NOT


GOTTEN LOST DURING A RUN?

Of 372 runners…

259 HAVE | 113 HAVE NOT


RAN IN 100 DEGREES OR HOTTER?

Of 369 runners…

241 HAVE | 128 HAVE NOT


SHOT A SNOT ROCKET WHILE RUNNING?

Of 358 runners…

223 HAVE | 135 HAVE NOT


BEEN A LITTLE TOO LATE TO THE BATHROOM?

Of 351 runners…

170 HAVE | 181 HAVE NOT


TAKEN BLOODY SOCKS OFF AFTER A RUN?

Of 372 runners…

208 HAVE | 164 HAVE NOT


THROWN UP ON A RUN?

Of 374 runners…

146 HAVE | 228 HAVE NOT


LIED ABOUT A PACE OR FINISH TIME?

Of 359 runners…

134 HAVE | 225 HAVE NOT


WANT TO PLAY ON YOUR OWN?

PICK A FUN NEVER HAVE I EVER QUESTION FROM BELOW AND SHARE IT ON YOUR INSTAGRAM STORY!
FEEL FREE TO TAG ME SO I CAN VOTE: @RACEACROSSTHESTATES!

NEVER HAVE I EVER: SLEPT IN MY RUNNING CLOTHES?

NEVER HAVE I EVER: LIED TO GET OUT OF PLANS JUST TO RUN?

NEVER HAVE I EVER: SHIT IN THE WOODS?
INSPIRED BY @kaf_runn and @blankgetsmoving

NEVER HAVE I EVER: RAN BEFORE 5 A.M?

NEVER HAVE I EVER: GOTTEN BLOODY NIPPLES?
INSPIRED BY @the.andy.allen and @stevekorchinos

NEVER HAVE I EVER: STOPPED AND WALKED BACK?

NEVER HAVE I EVER: BEEN ATTACKED BY A GOOSE?
INSPIRED BY @tbogda0471

NEVER HAVE I EVER: TRIPPED AND WIPED OUT WHILE RUNNING?
INSPIRED BY @kristinsaly

NEVER HAVE I EVER: RAN THROUGH SOMEONE’S YARD OR DRIVEWAY FOR THEIR GRASS SPRINKLERS?
INSPIRED BY @i_livesore

NEVER HAVE I EVER: LEFT A SWEAT STAIN SOMEWHERE AFTER RUNNING?

NEVER HAVE I EVER: ACCIDENTALLY SPIT ON SOMEONE WHILE RUNNING?
INSPIRED BY @getyourfittogetherr

NEVER HAVE I EVER: HAD TO CALL SOMEONE FOR A MID-RUN BATHROOM EMERGENCY?
INSPIRED BY @kelseyrunsandruns

NEVER HAVE I EVER: PUT DRYER SHEETS IN MY STINKY SHOES?

NEVER HAVE I EVER: TRAVELED OUT OF STATE FOR A RACE?

NEVER HAVE I EVER: HAD TO WRING OUT MY SWEATY RUNNING CLOTHES?
INSPIRED BY @dp_on_the_go

NEVER HAVE I EVER: RAN SO HARD YOU PEED YOUR PANTS?
INSPIRED BY @run_like_a_mother2

NEVER HAVE I EVER: SEEN A TERRIFYING ANIMAL WHILE RUNNING?

SHARE YOUR RESULTS BELOW!

REAL TALK: Hormones & Running

Real Talk

Let’s be REAL honest here – hormones can be a real BI*#% when it comes to running. Picture this: It’s the week before your big race (that you’ve been training for every single day for the last 5+ months). You’re feeling good, feeling prepared, getting excited… and then that first cramp hits. The next few days include (but are not limited to) the lovely familiar gifts from mother nature: bloating, cramping, cravings, fatigue… all of which come and go up until the VERY DAY of your race…

I know. Trust me…I’ve been there. While men and women both experience, and are impacted by, their hormones – women tend to have much more unstable hormone levels. Us women have to constantly battle the shifting levels of hormones in our body, and the handfuls of symptoms that come with these shifts. And this can be a REAL pain in the ass when you’re trying to get your body to do something specific – say – like run a freaking marathon.

One thing that I’ve realized throughout my years of running – is that hormones impact my running to a LARGE degree – and I have to get comfortable with that and be kind to myself when it happens. The fact of the matter is:

I simply run better on certain weeks of the month than others.

Some weeks I’m bloated, retaining water weight (making me heavier and thus making it harder to run), I have cravings for salty and sugary food (again, if I indulge, it leads to retaining water and making it harder to run), I am moody, tired, and simply less motivated. And these are just a FEW of the symptoms that us ladies have to deal with during THAT time of the month.

While we can’t change mother nature, or stop it from happening, there are definitely a few things that I’ve found helpful when dealing with the impact of hormones on my running. Here they are:


1.) PLAN AHEAD:

This might sound a little intense – but I literally plan ahead for these times of the month. I plan my races accordingly. While I don’t always know the exact days that I’ll be more impacted or less impacted by my hormones – I can predict, based on the patterns over the months, which weeks might be safer than others. And that’s exactly what I do. I try to plan races on weeks when I know that I’ll be feeling my best – and that helps me to perform my best!


2.) SHIFT MY PERSPECTIVE:

While it can be difficult to “stay positive” when I’m having these challenges on race day – it’s been really helpful to shift my perspective and my attitude towards the shifting levels of hormones – and the changes that they bring to my running. The first thing to do is simply TAKE NOTE of how your hormones actually impact you personally with running – do you feel more tired during that time of the month? Have more fatigue? Simply feel slower because you’re bloated or carrying water weight? Lose some motivation or drive to keep up with your running? Just IDENTIFYING these changes and feelings is a HUGE step towards showing yourself some kindness when they arise. Instead of thinking “I am going so freaking slow what is wrong with me?!!?!?!?!” I can remember, “I am going slower today, and that’s okay. I know my hormones are a little out of whack, and I can choose to go slower and enjoy the run anyways. I will get back at it next week.


3.) HYDRATE, HYDRATE, HYDRATE:

While you may feel bloated – it’s even MORE important that you stay hydrated during this time. Staying hydrated when you’re feeling bloated will actually HELP to flush out some of the toxins and waste from your body – thus helping out the situation! Plus, if you’re anything like me, some of those healthy habits (like staying hydrated) tend to fall off during this time of the month – so I have to truly be intentional about staying hydrate! I set timers on my phone and make sure to keep up with my water intake!


4.) TAKE A CLOSE LOOK AT YOUR DIET:

While you can’t stop the cravings from happening – you can control the likelihood that you cave into them! You can do this by making sure that your meals, especially during this time of the month, include lots of healthy carbs and proteins. These will help to keep you full and reduce the chance that you’ll give into that whole pack of Oreos or tub of ice cream – especially if you’re also staying hydrated!


Alright ladies… those are MY tricks for overcoming the havoc that hormones try to cause during my running journey. Now it’s your turn! How have hormones impacted YOUR running journey?! And what are your tips, tricks, and strategies for running during that time of the month?

SUMMER ROAD TRIP

Running

States #31, #32, #33, and #34

I AM SO EXCITED! Well… it pretty much goes without saying at this point – but – 2020 has been QUITE A WILD RIDE. I had so many running plans for this year – plans to travel to several states, plans to compete in ACTUAL RACES in Missouri, New Jersey, Colorado, South Dakota, Massachusetts… and more, plans to have at LEAST 36 states checked off my list by the end of the year. But hey – life is ANYTHING but predictable, and I had to change course.

After running state #29 in Little Rock, Arkansas on March 1st (in an ACTUAL RACE) – I was on my own personal little running CLOUD 9. I was the first place female finisher in a HUGE race – the biggest race that I’ve ever even placed in, and I actually WON. I beat my personal record by shaving 4 MINUTES off my previous record of 1:29 – this time running 13.1 miles in 1:25 (a freaking 6:30 minute average). I was SO FREAKING PUMPED about this year – so excited to keep going and building on my progress… but… again, life changed! So I had two choices: I could either get frustrated, discouraged, and wait until things opened back up (which would take WHO KNOWS how long) – OR….

I could take control of my journey.

I could readjust, replan, and rearrange my year. And that is JUST WHAT I DID – starting with STATE #30. I ran state #30 in South Carolina (Myrtle Beach) on June 5th. Sure, there wasn’t an “actual race” going on – but that was just fine with me. I packed my bags and road-tripped all the way down South to run my OWN 13.1 miles on the beach – my own, personal, homemade race (and guess what? I WON!). So now, I’m going to keep the adventure going by taking another summer road-trip to conquer states #31, #32, #33, and #34 this AUGUST. While I can’t compete in real races – it’s so important to me that I embrace the challenges and unexpected changes in life. Why?

Because my running is NOT about competing – it is NOT about setting records, winning first place, or always have to be the best – and I feel like I almost started to forget that when I won in Arkansas. My running is about ENJOYING it, it is about having FUN, it is about TRAVELING and EXPLORING and ADVENTURING, it is about the love of running itself. And nothing, not even COVID, can stop me from driving, exploring, or running (safely and socially distanced of course)!

So, here’s the game-plan…


IOWA
(Des Moines)

Des Moines, Iowa

DATE: AUGUST 4th, 2020


NEBRASKA
(Omaha)

Omaha, Nebraska

DATE: AUGUST 5th, 2020


COLORADO
(Colorado Springs)

Colorado Springs, Colorado

DATE: AUGUST 7th, 2020


KANSAS
(Topeka)

Topeka, Kansas

DATE: AUGUST 10th, 2020


I am SO excited to take this trip and challenge myself to try something different. I have NEVER traveled by myself, so this adventure will really be something completely new for me, and for my running journey. As you all know, I am ALWAYS looking for places to explore, things to see, and what to eat whenever I take a trip – so if you know someone who lives/has been to any of these cities – PLEASE leave some suggestions below!! And feel free to subscribe to get updates on the story of each state once I get home!

RUNNER’S SHARE: What Do YOU Do When You DON’T F&$% Feel Like Running?

Runner's Share

We all have days when we just don’t feel like running – it’s inevitable. Motivation isn’t constant – it ebbs and flows. So what should YOU do when you don’t feel like running?! I took it to Instagram and gathered some awesome tips to help you answer that question next time!


DON’T RUN & LET MY BODY REST:

Let my body rest and try to get the run in later”
@ali_bertolami

“Don’t run”
@astrid_janssen_q

“Just rest or walk
@nottoosweetcaroline

“Lay in bed”
@fivekrunner90

“Drink!”
@keller9385

I just don’t, or I do a nature walk!”
@hey.itsjayne

“Sometimes I run anyways, others, like today, I listen to my body and rest.
@runningbaldman


DO SOMETHING DIFFERENT:

“Core or lower body strength training”
@therunningryan

“Hike/swim/bike/nap/second nap.”
@insane_zane01

“Go for a good walk with the dogs.”
@stephen.foster44444444

“Walk instead…”
@firemankevin629

“Choose a different type of exercise like swimming or rowing.”
@shann0nwils0n

“Long walk or hike with my dog.”
@zarbicath

“Go to the gym and do a different type of workout.”
@hannalyn13

“Swimming or cycling are great alternatives! TRIFLIFE!”
@dominic_eigo


STILL GO RUN (OR AT LEAST TRY):

“I’ll still go, if not I’ll just reset for the next day.”
@cjtherunner

“Run more.”
@tbogda0471

“Start running! The feeling always fades with the miles!”
@i_livesore

“Give it a go for 10 mins and if after that I still don’t want to, I go home!”
@honestlyamylynn

“I just go and let myself walk whenever I feel like it. But at least start out running.”
@ladrury

“Go anyway!!!”
@boymom_ontherun

“Run.”
@dan_runs_downtown

“I put on my running clothes anyway. Usually that’s enough to change my mind”
@running_my_best

“Tell myself I’ll walk, it always turns into a run once out.”
@rularuns

“I run”
@j_fit_smit

“RUN”
@momrunsthis

“Run anyways!”
@b_mindfit

“I push myself to go anyways, and I usually end up enjoying it and being glad I went. The moments when I lack motivation and need to go, I just fall back on discipline.”
@Rachaelroxy2117

“I walk for a half mile or so and then I’m usually in the mood to run by then.”
@oli_beringer

“Go for 5 minutes. If after 5 minutes you still feel like not running then stop! I never stop.”
@runleaderz

“I usually just run at a different time in the day. Morning run turns into a night run.”
@uuh_idk

“Run.”
@elizabethrose__

“Run”
@al_ex26.2


FIND SOME EXTRA INSPIRATION & MOTIVATION:

“I usually start watching really hard core athletes train on Youtube! It really inspires me!”
@homeschoolingfitmom

“Remember who I used to be”
@adamwebb.77

“Do breathing exercises for the run”
@haille_holmezzz

“Add some new songs to my playlist and run anyways!”
@haleyrunsamarathon

“I tell myself I can turn around at anytime”
@run__emc

“Take a walk to motivate myself”
@taylorrunsny

“Tell myself, “I’m just going to do 5 mins!” helps me determine if I’m making excuses or do need rest. If after 5 mins I’m still not in it then I’ll rest… 90% of the time I don’t want to stop then!”
@homeschoolingfitmom

“Tell myself to just to X number of miles then see how I feel. Then I focus on 1 mile at a time.”
@jimmystixruns

“I take a shower to warm my body up! It sounds kinda weird but it works.”
@amypritchard12

“Take it one step at a time with no expectations.”
@the_flexing_flexitarian

“Listen to happy music.”
@cris.tianlg

“I find an inspiring endurance book like “Into Thin Air” if they can climb Everest, then I can run!”
@solideogloria_runner

“Go slow. Pretend you’re going for a walk. After a mile, I’m ready to run!”
@nagromathon

“Make a really good playlist. Or run fast so it’s over quicker!”
@getyourfittogether

“I try and switch up the route, change my music, do something different to switch it up even just a little!”
@dan_runs_downtown


Have your own that I should add to the list?! Share it below and leave your Name or Instagram handle to have your idea added!

10 Things You Can Count on Runners for

Running

Us runners are a…special…breed. And while others may have to deal with some of our weird quirks, there are some things that you can ALWAYS count on us for…

Weather Forecasts & What to Wear:

Don’t know whether you’ll need that coat today? We do. Runners always know what the weather is supposed to be like AND what the weather is ACTUALLY like – so you can always rely on us to let you know what to wear. “No, you’re not going to need that coat. Actually, you might want to swap out that long sleeve for a t-shirt too. Once you get moving around out there it really warms up.” Trust us, we know.

The Best Pizza & Pasta Places Around:

Looking for somewhere to eat? Runners ALWAYS know the best places to eat – especially the ones that specialize in carbs. We’ve got the scoop on all the best pizza and pasta places in town – and we’ve likely tried everything on the menu. What? A girl’s gotta refuel after that long run.

The Locations of ALL Public Restrooms:

Out for a bike ride and need to use the bathroom? Don’t worry. If you’re with a runner, you’re in good hands. We know all of the public restrooms, whether they’re open, and whether they’re cleaned regularly.

The Multiples of Numbers 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, and 12:

Need some quick math? Runners know all multiplication and division facts – especially for the numbers 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, and 12. While running, we’ve gone over these quick facts millions of times to calculate our pace.

Wind Forecasts, Wind Speeds, and Wind Direction:

We always know which way the wind is blowing and how hard. Have you ever tried to run into the wind when it’s on full blast? If you have – you’d remember which way it’s blowing too. Even though we can’t avoid the wind, we take mental note of which way is the easier direction to travel during those runs.

The Distance You’ve Traveled (by car, boat, bike, foot, etc.) to the Nearest Tenth:

“Oh yeah, that store should be about 1.3 miles up there to the left.” Yes, we speak directions to the nearest tenth – and usually – we’re pretty accurate. “We’ve been going for about .7 miles so far.” Just trust us.

What Time Sunrise Will Be:

“The sun usually rises about halfway through my 6:30 a.m. run – sometime around mile 4. So the sunrise should be at approximately 7:02 these days.” Have you ever tried running 8 miles at 6:30 a.m.? If so, you know what I’m talkin’ about.

What That Muscle, Tendon, or Ligament is:

Us runners have had every injury scare, sore muscle, potential pull, and physical freak-out – and we’ve done our research. So if you have a question about something going on – you can trust that we likely have a stack of information to pull from to help you out.

Where to Put All Those Things You Don’t Want to Carry:

Wondering where to put those keys that you don’t want to carry while you’re at Disney World? We know all of the tricks and tips for carrying things that you don’t want to carry. We’ve had to carry water bottles, phones, headphones, keys, chapstick, powerbars, starbursts… so we can offer many-a-suggestion for how to most conveniently carry those random items.

All of the Motivation, Encouragement, & Support You Could EVER Dream of:

Runners know how to cheer, motivate, support, and encourage those around them. We give, and receive, support in such abundance that we’ve learned what works and what doesn’t. If you’re needing a pep-talk, an accountability buddy, a support system, or just some encouragement – you can count on runners to supply it in large doses. That’s what we do best (outside of running, of course)!