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How To Make the Most of Your Run – Rain or Shine

by Kat » on Jul 17, 2014 0

Source: Flickr CC

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No matter how frequently you exercise, there are some days when it’s just plain hard to get out of bed. Or, if you’re not a morning exerciser, you might find yourself coming up with excuses to avoid your evening run. With a few easy tricks however, you can lower the barrier to entry and make the most of every scheduled run – rain or shine.

Set clothes out the night before.

Or pack a gym bag ahead of time. If everything is organized and ready to go, you’re less likely to back out at the last minute. Also, check the weather the day before to make sure you have weather appropriate attire. Is it supposed to drizzle? Throw on a light windbreaker to stay dry and enjoy!

Make sure you’re well rested and hydrated.

A workout will feel ten times harder if you’re tired and thirsty. You may not even realize how dehydrated you are if you work out first thing in the morning. Don’t start running without at least a few sips of water, but remember not too overdo it or you might hear some liquid sloshing as you pound the pavement.

Live in a community with onsite amenities.

Whether you live in an apartment complex with great amenities or buy a home with a gym nearby, proximity to exercise space can make the difference between fitting in a workout or bailing. On a stormy, hot, or frigid day, heading outdoors to exercise can feel daunting. You don’t need to cut out your workout completely, just modify it so you’re on a treadmill or do some form of HIIT indoors to get your heart pumping.

Buddy up!

There’s nothing like a friend to hold you accountable. If none of your friends are runners, find a workout buddy and make a new friend! The companionship and competitive aspect of running with someone else can help you improve your speed and help the time fly by.

Track your progress.

Track your workouts and monitor your progress over time. Check in with your body frequently and take notes when you get home, or directly on your smartphone. How do you feel after 3 miles, 5 miles, 10? Make note of any aches and pains and prevent injury by resting as needed. If you’re diligent about tracking yourself, the simple act of logging miles can be the motivation you need to get out the door on the laziest of mornings.

Experienced runners all have routines and tricks that work for them. Newbie runners can benefit from the above tips to maximize their workouts and get fit and strong in the most efficient manner possible.

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