Running has always been something that I struggle to keep motivation with. I truly love being in the moment, feeling my heart beat increase while my feet hit the ground to the beat of the music in my ears. There is something nostalgic that just brings me back to simple things in life. Running is simple. One foot in front of the other, faster while creating droplets of sweat that run from my hairline to the tip of my nose. It is simple because it only requires your feet….and your willpower. Sometimes I lose my willpower and I can’t find a drive to get me motivated.
I often forget how it makes me feel after and I often forget the sites that I see when I am out of the car, on my own two feet, discovering new things. Lazy, is what you can also call my forgetfulness but that would be a little harsh. True. But harsh.
Like I said, I have always struggled with running. I remember when I was in high school, I would beg, BEG my brother to drive me to school because I didn’t want to walk a mile. Sad Panda there folks. This probably attributes to my struggle now and how still, to this day, I love lifting more.
I was looking up ways to help make myself fall back in love with running and how to get motivated. One of the best ways that I came up with is two apps on my phone. One is the Couch25K app. This starts out in longer intervals between running and walking. As the weeks go on, the running intervals get longer and the walking gets shorter. This allows your body to fully work up to consistent running through the entire 5k. The other app is called cardio boss. Now, this app has non-running cardio workouts but the workouts that include the running or walking at an incline are really good to compliment the Couch25k app. I try and alternate between the two (when I am motivated) to get my heart rate up and help my body recognize that it is ok to sweat now, it isn’t going to die (I still have to convince it of that).
Sometimes searching for other outlets and other means of cardio to get the heart rate up is just what a body orders. When steady state cardio is part of the program, always, it is difficult for your body to make changes. Bodies are creatures of habit and this includes running and how it adapts to the body.
Be kind to your body, it is the only one you have BUT also have fun. Treat it with love and kindness and well, cardio.
**note: I am unsure if both apps are available for Android users, as I am an iPhone user but try anyway!**