When I decided to run the DICK’S Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon, I imagined myself training outside with runs after work at a local bike trail. But I totally forgot about something… Pittsburgh winter weather. Yep. That’s quite a big thing to forget. Some days it’s 7 degrees with a wind chill below zero, and others are in the 40s, which in the winter feels like a summer day. Also, it gets dark before I’m even out of the office… womp, womp.
So yeah, the winter blues have made it hard to kick off my training. I really wish I had the endurance and drive that some veteran runners display with workouts in the snow and cold temps, but I truly don’t know how they do it!
For me, it all comes back to this: I’m running the race in May to prove to myself that I can do it. I want to be my own Wonder Woman. I want to make myself proud. I want to cross a half marathon off my bucket list! So whether you’re a beginner runner or a veteran, you can totally do this! Here are my tips to stay motivated (when it would be easier to just lounge in your warm house on the couch).
Invest in a Gym Membership
This has been so important for me! We’ve already established that I’m not a huge fan of running in freezing temps, and if that’s not working for you either, you’ll need another option. Since I don’t own a treadmill, I opted to get a pass at a local gym near my home. Now I have no excuse. My gym is literally down a hill from my house, so getting in and out is not a problem at all. And once I paid my membership fee, I felt more obligated to get my tush to the treadmill or to one of their workout classes.
Find a Running Buddy
For me, running is a social affair! Not only do running buddies make workouts more fun, but they also create accountability and give you a support system. My running buddy, Michelle, and I meet for our long run each weekend. And while some Saturdays I just want to sleep in, it is the weekend after all, knowing I have a running date with a friend gets me out of bed and excited to run.
Share Your Progress Virtually
And to kick the accountability level up a notch, opt to share your workouts and progress electronically with your running buddy. Michelle and I are both Apple Watch girls, so this is so easy to do. Not only can you check in on their progress, you also get notifications when they complete a workout.
Invest in Some New (& Geeky!) Gear
I’ll be honest, I get pretty excited to wear my Wonder Woman and Star Wars Fight Scene leggings from Under Armour. I already told you I want to be my own Wonder Woman by running a half marathon, and these leggings totally motivate me to workout! From Wonder Woman leggings to Han Solo yoga mats, find all my favorite geeky workout gear here.
Make a Playlist
There’s nothing worse than trying to find something to listen to when you’re about to start your run, or worse, while you’re running. Plan ahead and build the perfect playlist, that way you won’t hit a slow song in the middle of your run (and totally kill your running flow).
Sign Up for a Race
And the best way to stay motivated? Find a race and sign up. Once you’re locked in, you’ve got something to work toward! No ifs, ands, or buts about it.
Are you considering running an upcoming 5K, half marathon, or a full marathon? Join me in my training and make 2018 your year and be your own Wonder Woman (or Superman)!
And if you’re in the Pittsburgh area, consider signing up for one of this year’s DICK’s Sporting Goods marathon events — full marathon, half marathon, marathon relay, 5k, pet walk, or another. There’s something for everyone! Sign up by March 31, 2018 and receive $10 off your entry by using my official blogger code, DELMONICODSGPM18, at checkout. Learn more and sign up on the DICK’s Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon website.