The route you run determines a lot about your potential gains. It doesn’t have to be difficult to find your favorite footpaths, though! Today we’re going to talk about some things you should consider while snooping for your spot… and give you some fantastic resources for it, too!
Here at WalkJogRun, the aim is always a healthy lifestyle. So many factors go into maintaining your body and mind and it can be easy to lose sight of what’s important. The aim isn’t perfection- it’s sustainability.
The trick is that sustainability is only attainable if you’re living a lifestyle you love and doing workouts that exhilarate you.
Running is a central focus of our everyday lives… and yours, too, if you’re anything like us. We have a passion for pounding pavement that is difficult at best to beat. Don’t take my word for it, though- keep reading, and find out how easy it can be to get the results you want, in exactly the way you want them.
What Kind of Race are You Running?
First things first- what’s your angle? You need to ask yourself a series of questions. Have a little heart to heart with yourself.
Self-care is serious business and running should be a central part of that. We want you to really enjoy what you’re doing. Fitness doesn’t fit if you don’t look forward to wearing it every day.
So, where to start? Try these on for size:
- What’s my fitness level currently?
- Where would I like to be in six months?
- Are there readily accessible trails near me?
- Do I have time constraints to think about?
- What gear do I need to buy to make this possible?
These are all great questions to ask yourself before you start researching into the great, big world of routing out routes.
Since these are the important questions, they’re the ones we’re going to be walking you through today. We’ll go over each one below, so if anyone stands out to you in particular then you can just jump down to find out what you need. However, I really suggest combing through the whole article. There’s a ton of great stuff in there you may not know!
What’s My Fitness Level Currently?
When’s the last time you clocked a mile? Do you remember your time? If not, there are several ways to keep track of that information effortlessly. While some more advanced runners may already have their apps and info all at the ready, those of you who are just starting out are in exactly the right place.
We have a few apps that we highly suggest for that purpose
Tracking fitness is easy, and that’s especially true when you find the right tools for the job. Paper and pencil are also fine methods. There are many ways to do it!
Where Would I Like to be in 6 Months?
The sky is the limit, folks! Or, kind of. You want to make sure you are setting realistic goals that you can easily achieve. One of the worst ways to set yourself up for failure is to create unrealistic scenarios with little buildup.
Let me ask you this: Which feels better? Falling short of your goals, or exceeding them?
You should try and hack your mind as much as possible. A positive outlook will really help you get your desired results. You can give yourself a huge boost of confidence and activate your reward systems if you end up shooting past your goal.
So, figure out where you are, and then figure out where you want to be. Those who are able to run a mile non-stop might be looking at a more challenging route to test themselves on. However, if you’re walking and jogging, there are still serene trails to take.
Are There Readily Accessible Running Routes Near Me?
If you live in a city, you’re probably going to have to find a nearby park in order to run outside. It’s an excellent switch-up to the humdrum of the cityscape, however. Even if you have to drive a half hour away you might find it’s just what you need.
Out in the suburbs or country, you’ll have far more options to peruse.
Do I have time constraints to think about?
If your schedule is jampacked it can be tough to find the time for a run- especially one outdoors. If you’re managing your time accordingly, however, you’ll find there’s always some time left over at least one day a week.
Taking care of yourself isn’t easy at first, but if you do it every day it becomes an essential part of your routine. You work life may impede on your ability to get outside and run, but what about the weekend? There has to be some balance between the time you spend with the world, and the time you spend in your own little world.
Keep in mind what you do during the day and week and figure out what time management skills may help you.
What Gear Do I Need To Buy To Make This Possible?
There are specific articles of clothing you’ll need when you tackle running off of a track and out of a gym. Trail-running in particular presents challenges because of weather patterns and seasonal change.
Take into account how many seasons you have and how severe the weather gets during the year. Some points in the year it may be too hot to run outside. Places that experience extreme heat or cold are going to pose a problem.
Outdoor running shoes are different, too. You need a good, supportive sneaker with adequate cushioning and motion control. While more fashionable models are great for the gym, being outdoors requires a more practical approach.
There are a lot of considerations to take and a lot of things to think through. After this, however, things should be at least a little easier! Thanks for tuning in, and make sure to stick around for more. We have a lot of exciting tips and tricks on lifestyle, health, running, and way more.