As I’ve previously shared, after the Twin Cities Marathon went virtual this year, I decided that I still wanted to run the race. Training this year feels a little different, but I’ve been trying my hardest to stay focused and prepare for a different type of race. I thought I would share a few of the strategies that I am working on, in case you are considering a virtual race.
Prioritizing exercise in your busy life is never easy. I’ve found that when I wait until later in the day to work out, its all too easy to start scrolling on my phone or lying down for “just a few minutes” as an hour passes by.
With my new work from home schedule during the pandemic, I’ve made a point of getting up early every morning to work out. Some days its a long run, some days its just light yoga. It’s not always easy to drag myself out of bed, but it starts the day on the right foot and guarantees that I get my workout in each day.
I thought I would share some of my top tips for getting into the habit of early morning workouts!
I have been an Apple Watch user for most of my time running. I originally purchased a watch to be able to run without my phone, and used my Apple Watch 2 for training and running for my first 3 marathons. After 4 years, the battery life on my watch was getting bad, and the software was buggy for the running app Strava. I decided it was time to upgrade to the Apple Watch 5.
After I start working with a running coach, I decided I still wasn’t happy with my new watch, and ended up getting ANOTHER watch just for running. I purchased a Garmin Fenix 6 pro, which is at the higher end of their watches, but had a lot of the features I was looking for. In retrospect, I should have just kept my old Apple Watch and gone with the Garmin.
I’ve had quite a few people ask about the differences, so I thought I would share the pros and cons of each. Right now, I use my Garmin for running and my Apple Watch 5 for every day use. Here are my thoughts on the two:
After the excitement of starting the new decade, this year probably hasn’t turned out the way you wanted it to. This year, I had looked forward to traveling, spending time with friends, and running lots of races. Now that most plans have gone off the rails, you may feel like there’s nothing you can do other than survive.
Its so important to take care of yourself, now more than ever. There are actually quite a few things that you can do in the next few months to become a better, stronger version of yourself. My motto this year has been to control what you can control, so I wanted to share some of the things you still can control right now!
One way to make exercising a little more enjoyable is fancy workout clothing. Quality clothing can make your workouts better by keeping you comfortable and staying in place. Its also fun to treat yourself to new gear when you meet a goal or just want to motivate yourself.
At first, I was very skeptical of the lululemon brand. A lot of their yoga specific styles were not functional for runners, which is my sport of choice. Over the years, they have expanded their running specific styles and have developed really functional, quality items For someone who spends a lot of time running, I am willing to splurge to have the right socks, shorts, or sports bra to make the activity enjoyable. I also enjoy the style and aesthetic design of their items.
The only thing that I don’t love is the price. As a product designer, I understand the amount of research and development that goes into a good product. Lululemon also uses quality materials and construction that can cost more and take more time to make than a cheaper brand that “looks” similar.
But, if you’ve followed this blog, you know how much I love a deal. Why pay more for something you can find for less? As a deal hunting pro, here are some of the best ways to score deals on lululemon gear.
Last weekend, I ran my first “virtual” race. I usually run a few races during the spring and summer, but this year all races were canceled or moved to virtual due to the pandemic. Part of me was excited to finally race, but part of me was nervous about pushing myself in a race that I was running all by myself.
The Red White and Boom half marathon is one of my favorite races of the year. It’s always on the 4th of July and usually really hot, but its so festive and a fun way to kick off the holiday. I’ve been working with a running coach the last few months, so I was excited to test my fitness to see if my work is paying off.