When I start thinking about the cooler temps, I automatically think about getting back outside for longer runs. It’s officially race season!
As I start thinking about which 5K I want to sign up for this fall, here are a few things I use to get me race ready!
- RunOn! Race Calendar– This is basically a compiled master list of all races in your area coming up. You can narrow down locations, months, etc. to find the one that is perfect for you! I always look for races close to my house so that my drive to and from the race is not too bad.
- Couch to 5K phone apps– I found a helpful list of the best running apps currently out there. There are quite a few that are free, so if you are just starting out running, you don’t have to commit any money to getting started!
- Pinterest- Ok hear me out on this one. Whenever I am lacking on motivation to get out and run, I scan through the “heath and fitness” section and it gets me going again! Nothing like visualizing your goal!
So what did I decide on?
I am leaning towards a 5K on Sunday, November 5th. This way I know it will actually be cooler outdoors, it gives me plenty of time to get back in running shape, and it’s a nice way to celebrate the month with the best weather in Texas!
I’ve downloaded an app called “Beginner Runner-5K Trainer”. While I’m not a beginner runner, I love that the app plans out 8 weeks of runs that tell you exactly when to run and when to walk. It helps you to slowly build up endurance until you can run for 30 minutes straight. I like to start at week 3 and then work up from there since it’s still so hot out here. I’ll be replenishing with protein smoothies after my runs, like the one above!
Happy Running! (*And Happy Friday!!!)