If you would have told me even a little over a year ago that I would fall in love with running, I would have probably called you crazy. I had dabbled with 5Ks over the years and I enjoyed the excitement of running a race but 3 miles was about all I ever had the energy to tackle. And so, when a good friend of mine (our very own Sarah) asked me if I wanted to train for a 20K last summer, I even surprised myself when I said yes!
It was a tough 2 months of training but we did it and I am so proud of us both! Somehow, we found the time to run several days a week, meeting up for longer runs on the weekends and now, just over a year later, I can report that we not only completed that 20K last September but we also have finished 2 half-marathons and a 17K trail race! Yes my friends, we are living proof that even busy working moms can reach new fitness goals with a little motivation!
The point of this post is not to brag about mine and Sarah’s BIG accomplishments (although we will happily take the praise). It’s to let you in on a few tips that might just give you the motivation you need to set some new fitness goals for yourself and more importantly, to help you reach them!
Here’s what has kept me motivated to run:
- Tons of support from my family and friends – Talk up your training and goals to family and friends so they can offer encouraging words. Sarah and I have been lucky enough to have our families present to cheer for us on race day but if your family and friends can’t make it, accept cheers from strangers in the crowd to keep you going.
- My running buddy – It is much harder to blow off a workout when someone else is counting on you.
- An upbeat playlist – I run faster to music. Be sure to change your music often to keep things fun!
- Changing my route – Running the same path day in and day out can get boring but a change in scenery can help keep you going. Even reversing your route can offer a surprisingly different view.
- Break from Reality – Running has become almost like meditation for me. Whether it is a quick 20 minutes or a long 2 plus hours, when I am running, I am not thinking about the piles of laundry that need to be done or the groceries that I need to pick up. I am not worried about work or refereeing my three kids. I am just running it like a mom.
I know you all can Runitlikeamom too!
Latest posts by Patty (see all)
- Perk Up with Morning Miles - May 9, 2017
- New Year, New YOU - January 17, 2017
- Last Minute Holiday Gift Ideas for Everyone on Your List - December 13, 2016