7/3/13

{WIOW} - How I Make Running Fun


It's already Wednesday again. For WIOW* this week, I thought I would share with you guys one of my running secrets. I am still on track for hitting my two miles per day goal and here's how I am able to do it...

It's really not a secret that I despise running. The thought of running makes me nauseous. I mentally discourage myself when running. I can't help but think things like "I am already so tired and have only x far!" or "How can I keep doing this for another x minutes?" Even though I am not actually tired, I will literally exhaust myself by thinking these things. I once pretended to throw up in the middle of the timed mile in Middle School because I didn't think I could finish the last two laps!

So how do I get through it and run 2-3 miles 3-4 times per week? Intervals and Netflix, baby!

someecards.com - I'm an overachiever. I always run 30 secs longer than planned. It may or may not correlate with watching scenes from next week's episode...

Ok so Netflix (and Hulu) really do help me keep going. I find a season of a TV show (preferably an hour long show - so a good 40 minutes) and watch while I run. Because I am so engrossed in the show, I can actually keep going the whole time and not watch the clock. Right now, I am addicted to Pretty Little Liars, Scandal, Revenge and Mistresses (on Hulu). If you can handle watching something while running, I highly recommend this. It makes the time fly by and helps you get caught up on shows at the same time!

So on to intervals... When I started hearing that intervals were good for you, I was so happy. Intervals are great for people like me who get bored and discouraged by a consistent routine. By watching the timer and changing up speeds, inclines, etc, I never get bored. I also don't feel as tired although my heart rate stays pretty much the same as if I were doing consistent run. Because there are so many variations you can do, I never actually do the same intervals during the week! Here are a few that I do that I love:




I highly applaud all of you who can do long, consistent runs. But if you are like me and need some variation or just want to mix it up a bit, I encourage you to try one of the above. Or use one of these to make your own unique interval sequence!

What are your running/workout secrets? Have you done interval running before?

*WIOW = Work It Out Wednesday

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all intervals in one image. You know...if you want to pin it or save them together! :)

15 comments:

  1. when i used to do more cardio (i've been slacking lately), i loved to do it while watching tv - it made the time go so much faster! and i love intervals too - they are the workout version of "more bang for your buck" :)
    -- jackie @ jade and oak

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  2. I always hated running! Then I started rock climbing, which I love, and which also got me into shape- so now running isn't as hard as it used to be :). I like it a little better now that I am not so terrible at it, haha!

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  3. Oh god, timed miles in school gives me a panic attack just thinking about it! Running and I do NOT mix :)

    -Sharon
    The Tiny Heart

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  4. I love that you made pinnable graphics! The hills interval is similar to the one I like to do (when I'm not being lazy). Definitely pinning!

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  5. so true! i always end up running just a bit longer if i am watching a show and need to finish the episode and scenes for the next!

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  6. I totally agree, watching a show is the BEST distraction evvver! :)

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  7. I'm just like you, I hate running. In high school and middle school I'd make my coaches SO mad because I wouldn't run the mile, I'd walk most of it. A goal in my life has been to actually run a full mile (sad right??), but I actually just accomplished it this week!! I've been run/walking a mile everyday and finally was able to run the whole thing. I discovered I can't do treadmills or ellipticals. I found I was actually able to run further and faster if I was outside. I can see where I'm going and far I have left to go. The next time it is raining though, I'll have to try this idea out in the weight room!

    -Sarah
    limitedspaceorganizing.blogspot.com

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  8. Love this post!! I'm the exact same way when it comes to running! And I really hate it with a passion but lately my husband and I have been trying to do it every morning and we do intervals as well. Walk/jog/walk/jog and it helps to have Kobi with us because he is always up for the challenge to run the extra mile. lol!

    xo – Sheila
    www.sheislovelyblog.com
    Find me on BlogLovin!

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  9. Definitely saving these! thanks! I need a better way to attack the 'ole treadmill... I never stay on it long enough cause... well..i hate running LOL

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  10. Running intervals is a great way to train and they can be used for a beginner all the way through to a more seasoned runner with a little modification. Great samples!

    xo jen
    Pearls & Lace

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  11. I think I have only run 1 time. And I hated it! But it really is such a great way to get in shape. Don't know if I can do it though because of my shot knees. Keep up the great work. You can do it!

    Amy


    Fashion and Beauty Finds

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  12. Wow! I commend you for trying to make running fun. It's an impossible task for me, which is why the eliptical and I are best friends. :)

    xoxo,

    Jules of Canines & Couture
    www.caninesandcouture.com

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  13. I despise running too...but good TV and intervals definitely help :)

    Annie
    The Other Side of Gray

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  14. I love that you were able to find a something that works for you. I feel like TV solves a lot of problems! :)

    xo, Yi-chia
    Always Maylee

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