Running Tips for Babes
1. Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate.
Duh. You can figure this part out, right?
2. Put *the right* running shoes on.
Investing in the right pair of running shoes for your unique foot type and running style is extremely important. There is nothing fierce about getting an injury from wearing the wrong pair of Nike's Get your toned tush to a running specialty store. They'll take care of you.
3. Look the part.
Wear running clothes that you look damn fine in. Putting on something that makes you feel confident will give you motivation to run. Wear some mascara if you need to and get out there.
4. Think positive.
It's time to remove the words "can't" and "never" from your vocabulary. When it comes to running, you will only go as far as your mind will let you. Running is such a mental game. Rather than slow your pace with negative thoughts, come up with a personal mantra that you can use throughout your run. Example: "I CAN do this because I'm a fierce bitch!" Negative thoughts screw you over. Positive thoughts get you to the finish line. Get it? Great.
5. Take deep breaths.
In through the nose, out through the mouth. Repeat. It's important to take deep breaths while running in order to avoid side stitches And hello, you're a human. You need to breathe. Namaste.
6. Add variety.
To be a great runner, you need to do more than just run. Yeah, you heard me. Strength-training reduces boredom and enhances running form. Pilates is one of my favorite cross-training activities to incorporate into my running schedule because it strengthens my core...and other assets. A strong core improves your posture, protects your spine, and looks great naked. Babe, you need to do Pilates.
7. Never give up.
A runner's high is earned. Tell yourself to keep going. You are strong. Keep pushing yourself. Find your pace and get lost in it. The results are so worth it. You are worth it.