Running: it’s one of those exercises we have a love-hate relationship with. On the love side of things, it does get our heart rate up, give us a boost of endorphins all day long, and is a full body workout. But on the other side, it’s definitely a challenge to wake up in the morning and hit the pavement. It’s taken a bit of practice, but all of us on team LC have actually learned to love running over time. We all try to run regularly (along with doing yoga, spin, Pilates and strength training) so that we have a well-rounded workout routine.
And when it comes to gearing ourselves up for a jog, we believe (and think you might agree) that a good playlist can make all the difference—especially one that syncs up with your running pace, like Spotify’s new Running feature. We’ve been hooked on their playlists for a while now, since they let us find new music we love. This feature actually tracks the pace at which you’re running and matches the beat of the music to your footsteps. We love turning on the “Morning Run” mix when we get moving in the AM hours. This week, it played Ed Sheeran, Christina Aguilera and Ja rule as we jogged along. You know when you have one of those runs where you lose track of time and feel like you could keep going all day? These playlists will get you in that zone. Promise!
So, in light of our newfound fitness discovery, today we want to ask you:
What do you run for?
We’ve gone ahead and answered this question ourselves, so take a peek below to read each of our stories. Then leave yours in the comments too…
I run for health. I notice that my body feels its absolute best when I make sure I’m running at least 2 times a week. Running motivates me to make healthier choices throughout the rest of the day and even the rest of that week. My biggest health goal is to live a long, disease-free life, and I really believe that running is a key ingredient that will help me get there. Plus, when I have good music to listen to, my run is one of the most enjoyable parts of my day! – Allison Norton, LaurenConrad.com Editor
I run to clear my head, relieve anxiety, and challenge myself. Running isn’t always the easiest exercise, but after a run I always feel calmer, more balanced, and re-focused… And I always feel like I’ve accomplished something since it can be a pretty challenging way to work out. If I’m feeling stressed, or need to figure out how to resolve something, going for a run is always the cure. Going for a run also helps me problem solve, or come up with new ideas for work. I can’t tell you how many blog ideas I’ve come up with while on a run… Not to mention, it’s also great exercise for my dog Winnie! – Rachel Rosenbloom, LaurenConrad.com Editor
I run to push myself beyond my comfort zone. I’ve always gravitated toward Pilates or barre type workouts over running. I take those classes frequently, and I’m super comfortable in them at this point. But I know that to be in the best shape possible, it’s so important that I get in some really good cardio too. I’ve been trying to run more lately, and I’ve even toyed with the idea of training for a half marathon. I know that if I really commit myself to a goal like that, I might surprise myself at how capable I really am. – Ilana Saul, LaurenConrad.com Editor
Now we want to hear from you…
What do you run for?
What motivates you to stay in shape?
Are you going to use Spotify Running the next time you go on a run?
Go ahead and leave your answer in the comments below! And if you do give Spotify Running a try (and love it as much as we do), let us know what your favorite playlist is in the comments below.
And now for today’s giveaway…
It’s an exciting one! Spotify has offered to give the following fitness package to one lucky LC.com reader! Take a peek at what you could win:
- 1 year Premium subscription to Spotify
- a pair of Bose SoundSport in-ear headphones
- $75 Nike gift card
- four different kinds of yummy packaged trail mix combos
Excited yet? Here’s how to enter:
- Try it. Download Spotify Running on your phone using this link: http://bit.ly/1Mgvnen Then give it a go!
- Comment below letting us know which mix you played, and if you found a favorite new song (you can leave more than one!).
- Check back next week! We will announce our winner in one week, on Monday, November 9th. Good luck everyone!
XO Team LC
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