I’ve noticed some runners passion never wanes. They are just as excited about their fifth marathon as their first. Personally, my relationship with running has highs and lows. But I’ve found, running is very much a mental game. If I am dreading my long run, it’s usually pretty painful. I find myself wanting to walk a lot or cutting off a mile or two from my plan. On the other hand, if I intentionally get excited about training and long runs, they seem to go 10x better.
I’m coming off a good 11 mile run this weekend and I am already looking forward to 12 next weekend. Here are a few reasons I’m excited about running:
Chardonnay Run 5K in New York
One of my biggest tips to get motivated to run is to sign up for a race. I’m excited to be registered for the Chardonnay Run this Saturday. I’m so excited for my first race that ends with wine! I’m planning to get up early to run 9 before hand and this will finish off my long run. The race entry includes a t-shirt, bib, wine and food pairings! Is anyone else running?
Running is so much easier when you have support–and some accountability. I’ve found training with charities to be incredibly helpful, but since I’m not planning to fundraise for NY this year, I’m planning to take advantage of some of the great running groups in NYC. I definitely want to check out the November Project, but a bit closer to my downtown home Paragon, Jack Rabbit, Nike and North Face all have training groups.
No Slack Speed Work
Speed work is not something I have much success doing on my own outside. My cheat is to use run workout classes as my speed work. Barry’s and Fitness Runs are my favs, but I want to try Mile High Run Club and The Run too!
I’m in love with my New Balance Vazee Rush shoes! I love them every bit as much as my beloved Fresh Foams–and that’s saying something. They are super light, but they hug the foot providing a lot of support! The Vazee’s have three different options within the collection. The Pace, which is designed for training and races, including long distances and marathons–and speed! The Rush, which is designed for speed and training of all kinds, even the gym. I can totally feel how much faster the heel to toe transition is in these shoes than my other running shoes. Finally, there is the Coast. This is a more recreational shoe, great for the gym or just looking cute in jeans as your run errands. Honestly, the genius behind this line is how cute the shoes are for so much function! New Balance sent me a pair for free, but opinions are my own and I love them!
NYC Marathon Emails
I find that reading all the emails the the TCS NYC Marathon sends is a great way to stay motivated. It’s so exciting to feel a part of something so special. Reading those emails helps me keep my head in the game without even running a step. That said, I’m sad that I waited too long to sign up for transportation and baggage and I missed my change to get a poncho. I guess they really meant July 31st or while supplies last!
If Summer Streets isn’t one of the best things about NYC in the summer, I don’t know what is. For 3 beautiful Saturdays, starting August 1st, you can run from the Brooklyn Bridge to Central Park without getting hit by a car! In fact, the best part of all may be running through the tunnel area around Grand Central, which is usually cars only. The highlight this year, WATER SLIDE. What???
Let me know if you have tips to get motivated to stick to your training plan!