Get a training partner

Ben s a much better runner than I am (one time he wanted to prove that running a marathon wouldn’t be hard so, without training, he went outside and ran 26 miles straight), but I know I need some outward accountability on this one. Even if he doesn’t actually go on the same runs as me, getting him to go running at the same time I do will be great for actually getting me out the door in the morning.

We’re also lucky to be with family for most of the summer so we can both head out on a run at the same time if the kids are sleeping because someone else is home.

Pick a good soundtrack

I have almost entirely replaced songs with podcasts while exercising for the last year and I love it! It isn’t quite as motivating through the hard parts of a run, but it is much better at getting me to start. Music, however good, is not going to motivate me to lace up my shoes and get out the door, but I’m always excited to listen to another episode of some of my favorite podcasts.

P.S. If you’re looking for podcasts I shared my favorite creative entrepreneur podcasts here and for non-business options I’ve been loving Happier by Gretchen Rubin, The Marie Forleo Podcast (kind of business related but mostly life related), The Mom Hour, and God Centered Mom Podcast.

Schedule the workouts

Right now I have my exercise hour built into our daily schedule, part of our routine. It makes getting to it easy and automatic.

Next week when we move out of Ohio and back to the East Coast (full announcement here), I won’t have the luxury of the routine we’ve built over the last two years so I’m committing to schedule in time for exercise into my week.

Invest in good gear

Now, the necessary gear is a great pair of running shoes but I’m also amazed at the power of new workout clothes to get me out the door.

Lately I’ve been living in a few items I picked up from Tasc Performance, an innovative activewear company. All their fabric is made from sustainable, chemical-free blends derived from the highest quality natural sources like bamboo, merino wool, and organic cotton. The fabric has natural moisture-wicking but the biggest thing I’ve noticed is HOW SOFT it is. It’s just as perfect for all your outdoor summer adventures as it is for all your indoor lounging.

I’m wearing a sports bra, workout top, and zip-up from Tasc in these pictures and, if we’re being transparent, I haven’t taken off this light jacket since it arrived a few days ago. It’s an investment piece I’ll be using and wearing for a long time.

Track Your Progress

There’s a Peter Drucker quote that says, “What gets measured gets improved” and it’s been shown that the simple act of recording our efforts makes us more likely to continue and progress in a certain behavior.

My plan is just to print off my training plan and cross it off each day but if you aren’t training for a 5k, simply writing in what you’ll do for your exercise when you schedule it each week and then checking it off when you’re done would work well too.

Are you a runner? Do you have any other tips?

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Here’s my training plan, with rest days every Sunday. On cross training days I’ll either do weights in the gym or a circuit of squats, pushups, and light weights at home. On Saturday it’s quite possible my exercise will just be walking around Boston on a family adventure with the kids.

If you’d like the PDF version of the schedule, click here.

Also, just to make sure you don’t think I take myself too seriously, here’s this: