If you’re anything like me, your first thought on the topic of jogging is “uggghhhhh jogging.” But don’t lie, you always feel better after a quick run. Here’s how to get the most out of jogging that turn that “ugh” feeling into a “yay!” feeling.
1. Pump up the jams. A killer playlist can improve any jog. Pick songs that pump you up and make you want to run faster. Pick songs with a beat that matches the speed you’re most comfortable running and add in a few songs that push your limits. Waiting to hear which song will come on next and rocking out to tunes you love will make it feel like time just flies by.
2. Dress up. This is totally superficial but it helps. Wear running clothing that you’re excited about. I’m always more pumped to go on a run if I’m slipping into a new pair of sleek leggings and my pink athletic tank top. Yeah, an old t-shirt and cotton shorts would get the job done just fine but your mental state will be greatly improved if you like the way you look working out.
3. Hydrate. For real, keep yourself hydrated. My mom used to tell me “drink before you’re thirsty because once you’re thirsty you’re already dehydrated.” And while this is probably an exaggeration, keeping yourself hydrated is extremely important. Carry a tall cool bottle of water with you on your run to keep your thirst at bay. If you’re not much of a water drinker try Gatorade or a sports drink with electrolytes.
4. Location! Location! Location! Where you run can determine the type of run you have. I used to jog on the track near my local high school but I hated it because kids half my size on the high school track team were running circles around me! It totally sucked. I started running on the town bike trail and found myself running faster for longer and enjoying myself more. I liked the scenery and the immersion in nature and the privacy to sweat my ass off and not be compared to freshmen in high school. Pick a place that helps you maximize your workout. Try out a few locations until you nail one down that you really love.
5. Don’t give up. Jogging kinda sucks. Anyone can tell you that. Do you ever see people jogging and smiling at the same time? No. But like anything, you get better with practice. If you find yourself not running as fast or as far as you want, keep telling yourself you’ll be able to go a little further and a little faster tomorrow. With jogging, you’ll see yourself progress and gain stamina. Whether you’re just starting out or you’re a seasoned marathon runner, keep going. Your body will thank you!