I cannot tell you how excited I was to run across a wonderful summer linky by Katie from Queen of the First Grade Jungle. Work It Wednesday is a weekly linkup to share all things fitness that motivated teachers are doing this summer.
I don't know about you, but reading and seeing what other teachers are doing to be healthy is very inspiring. And we can all use a little inspiration every now and again.
One part of my fitness routine is running. I have been running for a while. I usually run for time (not distance). Meaning, I try to go for about thirty minutes (or maybe a little more). If I happen to be training for a race, I will focus on hitting milage goals.
Since there are no races on the horizon, my Wednesday Workout was a thirty minute run at the park. It was a bit rainy and cooler than usual for a July day, so today's run was pretty nice.
If you are thinking about adding running to your fitness regime, I have a few tips for you that might help along your way.
My first tip is, as you're building your indurance, try interval training.
Interval training can mean many things. What I'm talking about is intervals of walking and running as you work to build stamina and endurance. Start out walking for one minute and then running for one minute. After a few workouts, decrease your walking time and increase the time you are running.
If you are consistent with your workouts, you will eventually build your stamina up.
When I first started, I would run to one lamppost and then walk to the next. After a little while, I would run to two lampposts and then walk to the next one. I kept adding lampposts and over time, I was able to do longer runs.
My next tip for new runners, is to be patient with yourself. You can do this. But, like all things worth doing, it's going to take some work. Going out and running three miles (and not feeling like you are about to die) will take a while. Be patient.
You are going to get passed by people running much faster than you. It's OK. Their speed has nothing to do with you. Be patient with yourself. Also, be proud of yourself for just getting out there and doing what you can.
My third tip is to choose your gear wisely. Most importantly, use good running shoes. I usually get new shoes every five months. If you are running in older shoes, you are likely to feel it in your joints. Running shoes are very important.
As far as other gear, I'm pretty low tech. I mainly need my watch. But, there are lots and lots of gadgets that you may help you get the most out of your runs.
For apparel, (ladies) a supportive sports bra is a must. I like Target's Champion sports bras. As for tops and shorts, I like Nike. Nike also makes great cold weather gear. I usually go to Zappos or 6pm for my Nike stuff. Gap makes some comfy exercise tops as well. Bottom line on running apparel, go for comfort.
My final tip is to realize that taking care of yourself is very important. I know you're busy. But, if you do not take a little time out of your week to take care of your health, eventually it's going to catch up to you.
Teaching is a physically demanding job. Improving your fitness will make you a better teacher because you will have more energy to meet those demands.
You may have to be creative in how you fit in your runs. #sosorrybut Maybe consider early morning workouts. If you have a family at home, maybe try to include them. My seven year old daughter has accompanied me on many runs. I used to push her around in our jogging stroller. Now she rides her bike. I love that we can get out there together.
Taking care of yourself is important to you and to the people who love you.
There you have my tips for adding running to your routine. This summer is a great time work toward your fitness goals so you can return to school with more energy and confidence.