8 Mistakes Keeping You From Your Fitness Goals

The warmer weather is the perfect time to start new fitness routines– from running, to biking, or even just going for walks. I started running 6 years ago, and I’ve made a lot of mistakes along the way! From doing too much too soon, to not listening to my body, to not understanding what will actually give me progress, I’ve learned some major lessons!

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My Favorite Running Gear from Lululemon

I used to be really skeptical of running clothes from Lululemon. The needs of a runner are much different than someone wearing clothes for yoga or other workouts. Between fit, pockets, and ventilation, you want clothing that is specially designed for the demands of running. Over the years, Lululemon’s running specific gear has become really good, and most of my staple pieces are from them. I also appreciate that they consistently offer the same products, year after year, with only minor changes. This way you don’t have to start over every time you need something new.

Since we’re getting into the best running weather of the year, I wanted to share some of my favorite pieces that I keep using (and would buy again!).

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My Return to Running After an Injury

A few months ago, I shared that I had to take time off of running due to an injury. I ended up having a stress fracture at the top of my tibia, as well as swelling in the fat pad of my knee, that was causing my kneecap to move around and pinch when I ran (ouch!). After 11 weeks off of running, physical therapy, and a steroid injection, I was cleared to rebuild running.

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Self Care Tips to Try Right Now

It’s been an overwhelming few weeks, months, years. What seemed like a short term stress has now become daily life, and its important to acknowledge it and ensure you are taking care of yourself. Self care is a buzzword right now, but what does that really mean?

For me, it might be something like ordering a nice meal for takeout, going for a run, or treating myself to new skincare. But, it can also be little things you do in your daily routine. They don’t have to be grand or expensive, but just taking those little moments to rest and pause.

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How I Stay Motivated to Run in the Winter

Running in the winter is challenging, especially if you live in a climate with an extreme winter like Minnesota! I don’t love the cold, but I’ve learned to live with it. Of course, you can always hop on a treadmill and get your run in, but I’ve found getting outside in less than ideal conditions makes me a stronger runner come spring. Outdoor winter runs can also be really fun and beautiful when you learn to embrace them.

Over the years, I’ve discovered a few tips and tricks to ensure I keep my motivation all winter long!

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My Favorite Free Ways to Stay Active Without a Gym

Like many states, Minnesota has recently gone on a stricter lock down, closing all gyms for at least a month. Before the pandemic, I was a regular at a boutique fitness studio that combined running and strength for fun HIIT workouts. Unfortunately, there really wasn’t a safe way to conduct those type of workouts now and the gym recently closed for good.

Because I have high risk family members, I have been mostly staying home this entire year. As someone who loves fitness, I’ve tried to be creative with how to challenge myself. More recently, with a knee injury, I’ve had to get even more creative with my workouts! I wanted to share my favorite go-to’s in order to keep staying active during this really challenging time.

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