Today is all about running!
I posted this picture yesterday on my instastories and got so many comments and questions so I thought I would dedicate a post to my running journey and workout favorites. I asked you guys to DM me questions so I am going to do this in a question/answer format.
Why start back running?
I had been in exercise rut. I honestly had been pretty lazy about working out before I started running. I would do a barre class here and there but it was not consistent. Every time I put on my swimsuit to go to the pool I just felt gross. I knew it was time to make a change. I figured if I made myself run everyday it would become a habit and it has! The occasional day I have to miss makes me sad. I just feel so much better mentally when I run. It really helps with my anxiety as well as my mood for the day. I am considering signing up for some sort of a race just to challenge myself even more.
Have you always been a runner?
Yes and no. I don’t really consider myself a runner because it does not come naturally to me. The people who say it gets easier after each mile, that is just so not me. It is a struggle for me the entire time I run. I am always tired but I just push myself because I feel so amazing afterwards. I have been running on and off for the last 8 years or so.
How far do I run?
I usually do between 3-4 miles. I am trying to work up to 4 miles consistently each time but I always do at least 3 miles. I do walk some. I try and run as long as I can and then I will walk for 30 secs or a minute never longer than that. My goal is always to run more than I walk. My miles end up being around 10-11 minutes this way. As I said I am a slow runner. I do try and sprint a little bit while I run to get my heart rate up. This is from the app I use called Endomondo, to track my runs.
How do I hold my phone while running?
I have this arm phone holder. I don’t actually wear it strapped to my arm although you can, but I put my phone in it and then loop it through my hand. It keeps my phone from getting sweaty and protects me from dropping it.
I use these wireless headphones with my phone and that case while I run.
Do I run everyday? and what do I do with the kids while I run?
For the most part yes. I think I have skipped 2 days maybe since I started back running. The kids have been in camps and my parents have also been down here quite a bit and they have helped to watch the kids. I also have a good friend and we switch off watching each other’s kids and I run then. If Frances is at a playdate Sterling will ride his bike with me while I run. I also have had my neighbor Rick watch them- I send them over to his house with Ipads and he will watch them while I get a quick run in. I just try and make it happen however I can! That is why I usually run in the afternoon because it is when I can squeeze it in. The mornings are usually busy with the kids.
Do my hips and legs hurt after my run?
I will say my knees occasionally hurt, but the key is stretching. I sometimes don’t stretch right after a run but I do try and stretch before bed at night.
Have I lost any weight since running?
Yes I have lost 5 pounds so far. But the main difference I can see and tell is that my body is just more toned, less flabby.
What is my go to fuel before a run?
If I run in the morning I have been loving the Daily Harvest smoothies. They are just so easy and convenient, plus they actually taste amazing. I don’t like to run a on full stomach as it makes me feel sick so a smoothie for me is the perfect meal before a run. If you have never tried Daily Harvest you can use this code RE-S5S66L8 for 3 free cups! You can order the smoothies HERE- they also do soups and bowls in addition to smoothies! I did the three free cups my first time and it is great way to try out the service, which I am now addicted too! Added Bonus the kids love them too:)
Do I wash my hair after every run?
If I don’t have plans later that day I do not wash my hair. I just keep it pulled back for the day- I know that is gross but I hate to wash my hair too often. However lately I have had so much going on I have been washing my hair pretty much everyday. Normally I would use my hair as an excuse not to workout if it was clean, like well I don’t want to have to wash it so I would skip a workout. Not any more, I just suck it up and wash it.
What happened with Faster Way to Fat Loss Program? Did I like it?
Honestly I think the program is great it just wasn’t for me. That is not to say I may not ever try it again. I think if you really follow the diet and workouts you will see results. I personally got tired of tracking my macros and trying to balance fats, and proteins. I didn’t like being restricted in what I could eat and cook. I would rather just eat smaller portions of what I wanted to. I do believe in the intermittent fasting part and still do that occasionally, but I also like to have breakfasts somedays and you fast everyday on that particular diet.
Favorite running shorts?
I have a few go to pairs.
Brooks 5 inch running shorts– I wear a medium in these.
Nike Dry Temp Running Shorts– I wear a medium in these as well, you can’t beat the price.
Lululemon Hotty Hot Short 4 inches– I wear a 6 in these. I have this same pattern and love it!
Favorite sports bra?
So this is a new purchase and I love it. I have a few lululemon sports bras I love but I ordered this one off amazon for $20 and it is legit! It offers amazing support. I have the black but I am going to order several other colors.
Favorite running shoes?
I always wear Nikes, they just fit me well and feel comfortable when I run. This is the current pair I have and love. I also listed two great pairs down below part of the Nordstrom Sale.
This is my current playlist. I usually switch up playlists every few weeks, but I am digging this one right now- any other great workout songs I should add?
Nordstrom Anniversary Sale has some great workout gear on sale. Here are a few of my favorites!
Zella Crop Leggings– the best leggings trust me! I wear a small in these.
Tank- I just ordered this looks like the perfect loose tank for running.
Nike Tank– I also like this Nike tank. I wear a medium in this.
Favorite Hoodie– bought this last year, so soft and cozy!
Convertible Pullover– I love the idea of this! So many ways to wear it.
I love these no show socks!
Zella Tee– This is great for running or paired with leggings.
Nike Running Shoes– Nikes are always my favorite running shoes. I love this color.
I also like this style as well.
A few of my favorite corkcicle products are also part of the sale! These make great gifts to save!