1. Find a solid plan and STICK TO IT. I skipped ahead in the Couch to 5k plan because I was feeling pretty good. BAD IDEA, MY FRIENDS. After I ran 3 miles straight with no walk breaks, I had to take an entire week off. The pain in my feet was just too much. DO OVER!
2. Track your progress against the plan. I printed the entire 9 week C25k plan and stuck it on the fridge. I need to see it to remind myself to STICK TO IT. (See #1 above) Checking off each run helps keep me accountable.
3. Update your running playlist. I somehow have all of JJ’s music library on my computer. I’ve since added some good ones into the rotation. Helps with the motivation.
4. Leave your ego on the front porch. I’m dressed in all kinds of running crap. I should be running, right? Pshaw, I no longer care what anyone thinks when they pass me while I’m doing a walk interval.
5. Try to find an upside. The good thing about running less is that my yoga has definitely been better. I’ve heard people say that yoga is good for your running, but running is bad for your yoga. I’m not as tight in my hamstrings or quads, and I was able to get into ‘twisted mother’ last week. Side note: Twisted Mother is a lunge twist with quad stretch that I’ve only been able to get into about 25% of the time. Because of that, I secretly call it “twisted-mother-f*cker” during class. It hurts sooooo good.
6. Getting old sucks. It is taking me much longer this go around to get past the pain in my feet.