How to Become a Runner: 5 Tips for Getting Your Running Mojo

running mojoHave you ever thought about running a 5k…or just running in general? It can be tough to get started, especially when you don’t know where to begin. But it’s one of the easiest exercise routines to get into.

It’s funny, I looked back at my past posts and found this one from January 2012. Seems like losing my running mojo could be an annual thing.

Here are five tips for Fit Moms who want to get their running mojo going:

  1. Buy proper running sneakers
    This is essentially the only piece of equipment you need, so make sure you invest in a decent pair. They don’t have to cost $100. You can find a pair of name-brand sneakers for around $30 at places like Kohl’s and TJMaxx. Good running shoes prevent injuries and will make your overall running experience more enjoyable.

  2. Warm-up and stretch
    Be sure to warm up by walking for 5 minutes. Also do some light stretching to prepare your body for the workout. All of these will help prevent soreness and injury.
  3. Walk…Run…Repeat
    First-time runner? Start with a 1:1 walk/run ratio. This means walk for 30 seconds followed by 30 seconds of running. Keep gradually increasing the time based on your comfort level until you run for 10 minutes straight. From there, keep adding 3 to 5 minutes to your running. Once you’re reached 30 minutes, you’re ready for your first 5k.
  4.  Think about calorie burn
    Walking 4.0 mph for 30 minutes burns approx. 150 calories per hour (depending upon your weight), while running 6.0 mph for just 15  minutes burns the same number of calories – more bang for your buck. This is helpful if you’re pressed for time.
  5. Get lost in your mind
    Going out for a run is a great way to relieve stress. Just focus on breathing and form (shoulders back, arms relaxed) and think about things. Let your mind wonder or put on some music and tune out the world. You’ll get so accustomed to working out all of your worries during your run that you’ll look forward to your next workout!

    *Bonus Tip: Set a Goal
    Sign up for a 5k and start training. Then you have no excuse for missing your regular run. You’ll need to train properly in order to be prepared. If you want some inspiration, you can read about my post-NYC Marathon post.

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