Running is one of the most simple sports. All you need is yourself and a pair of shoes! Despite this, the market is flooded with products aimed to help runners be better, faster, and more comfortable. Where do you even begin?
I try not to rely too much on gimmicky gear for running, because working on your body and mind is where you will actually make improvements. But, there are a few things that I have found along the way that I wouldn’t live without now. Here are my top suggestions that you won’t regret spending the money on:
Every May, there is a one mile race in downtown Minneapolis. I ran it for the first time last year and had so much fun. I never run “just” a mile, especially during a race, so its a fun way to see how your fitness has improved without a huge commitment.
I’m pretty sure you all already know this, but I’m a terrible cook. I’ve tried to get better, but it’s something I’ll probably never be great at. I have made a lot of progress in meal prepping my lunches for the work week, and making meals that I will actually eat, instead of leaving in the fridge while I buy something instead.
I try to keep a list of meal ideas to change it up each week. The key to me is that they are simple, filling, and include some good-for you protein and veggies. I thought I would round up some of my favorite lunch ideas for you guys so that you have no excuses not to prep this week!
Making healthy changes to your life is hard. But, the key to a healthy lifestyle is adding up all of the little things that you do day in and day out. I’ve found that the easiest way to make change is to start little by little, instead of trying to make a shocking change.
Here are 5 habits that are easy to add into your day to make a step towards a better you:
Last weekend, I ran my first race of the year: a valentines 5k. I’ve been working really hard on HIIT the last few months, but haven’t been doing a ton of running outside. I wasn’t really sure where my training was at, but I was hoping to be near a PR.
As the race approached, the weather conditions looked worse and worse. We had freezing rain, and then a lot of snow, and then were being hit with below-zero cold. Race morning was expected to be 12 below temperatures, and I was a little surprised they didn’t cancel due to the conditions. But, I do live in Minnesota and it’s a February race!
If your new year’s resolution is to get in shape, I personally believe there is no better way than to start running! A great way to motivate yourself is to sign up for a 5k race. Races give you a goal to work towards and motivation to push yourself on race day!
If you’ve never run a 5k before, here are my top tips to prepare for race day.