Think some people just aren’t made to run? Think again.
There are the lucky ones who seem to be natural born runners, who pretty much came out of the whom in a laced up pair of Nikes and with an impressive lung capacity.
Then there are the majority of us who are a) always too tired to wake up in the morning to go for a run, b) will practically find any excuse to skip it (where’s my hair tie?), c) hate every minute of getting that heart rate up, or d) will go for the run but “accidentally” find ourselves walking most the way instead.
If you count yourself in the latter group, firstly, the sun’s starting to make an appearance so you really can’t pull the weather card as an excuse anymore, and secondly, there are ways you can actually get through your run and enjoy it, too.
Here, Nike+ Run Club Sydney Head Coach, Matty Abel, shares his top training tips on how to take the misery out of every run. As much as it might be hard to believe, follow these tricks and you might find yourself to be a pro-runner come the New Year.
1.Deck yourself out in the season’s hottest gear
Summer’s here and we’ve all been hibernating over the winter months. Half the motivation of kicking yourself into gear comes from the excitement of new running gear, so it’s time to throw out those old trainers and spoil yourself. A great pick are Nike’s new Zoom Fly addition – they’re super responsive and come in several colours so they can be your statement shoe or your staple pair that go with everything.
2. Spice up the journey with different urban running routes
Completing the same route week in week out can be monotonous and uninspiring, so why not mix up your runs with destinations that have more to offer than a trail. If you’re from Sydney, try these destination runs:
Spit 2 Manly – a popular train run that hugs Sydney Harbor and finishes in Manly. Grab some friends and tackle the course whilst finishing with a swim at the beach and some food on the Corso. You’ll also get some #stunning grams for your Insta.
City by night – Scout Sydney City by night with a running friend or two. Run across the bridge, take a selfie on Observatory Hill and find some pop up food markets for a post-run snack.
Bondi 2 Coogee – it’s the perfect location to run in summer, but make sure you run early in the morning as it does get quite busy. Run the flats easy but try and push yourself on the stairs. Finish with a swim at the beach and you’ve completed a perfect morning.
3. Think of it as an excuse to hang out with your mates
We can make running fun and motivating by running with a local running group or some friends. This year there has been a huge increase in lifestyle running crews where it’s not all about running. A few to mention are AM:PM or Hunter Athletics Club in Melbourne, and Nike+Run Club or Pace Run Club in Sydney.
4. Blast a motivational music playlist to kick yourself into gear, and keep going
Music really is a saving grace when it comes to running, especially for those longer runs. To help push yourself further, try this simple trick: run the first song at an easy pace, and for the next song, run hard. Repeat this for as long as you can. Check out Nike Running’s playlist on Spotify.
5. Treat yo’ self with apps that let you reap rewards for running
Rewards you say? Download the Nike+ Run Club app and start tracking your training by linking the app with Running Heroes. Simply put, the more you run, the more discounts you score.
Yes, we’d do anything for a discount.
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