For all of you who have been following along with our 10-day running challenge with Nike, today marks day 10—which means that hopefully you have completed the challenge! How has everyone been feeling about this program so far? We’ve been doing it right along with you, and we definitely notice more endurance and confidence in our running routine. So today we’ll be checking in to see how you’ve felt about the 10-day running plan we mapped out for you last week. We’ll also be sharing some tips on how to stay motivated all summer long (like having some fresh and cute new Nike workout clothes). Plus, we’ve created a brand new running chart to help all of you intermediate runners out there stay challenged! But before we dive in, here are a few questions that will help you reflect on your progress so far…
What’s been your biggest challenge in getting through our 10-day running plan so far?
What’s been the easiest part?
Are you noticing any differences in your abilities as a runner?
Have you enlisted any friends to join you?
If you’ve been following our plan, you might be feeling yourself getting in better shape, feeling more comfortable with running, and needing to take less breaks during your workouts. Those are the goals, at least! Of course busy schedules and life in general can get in the way of your ideal workout routine, but when this does happen, it’s important not to give up, to stay positive, and get back in the swing of your exercise schedule when you can. That said, today we’ve partnered with Nike to share a few tips that will help you stay motivated to stick with our running challenge beyond these first 10 days. Here’s our best advice for sticking with it…
Get a Good Playlist.
We’ve said it in previous workout posts and we’ll say it again: A good playlist can make all the difference when you’re gearing up for a big run. Have you ever been dreading something and then put on a great song that pumps you up? It can change your entire mindset. Having new songs with fun beats will help motivate you to hit the pavement (or the sand). Get your playlist all lined up, start jamming out, and your workout will be done before you know it! Click here to see some of our LaurenConrad.com playlists.
Invest In New Workout Clothes.
This might be our best kept secret when it comes to sticking with your workout routine: New workout clothes are a game changer. You may know the feeling… If you’ve ever been in a workout slump and treated yourself to a little active wear shopping spree, it completely re-inspires your entire outlook on exercising. We recently invested in a pair of Nike Free RN Flyknit shoes (as seen in the photos in this post), and they’ve changed our running routine for the better. Our new Nikes are unlike any running shoes we’ve ever worn before because the soles of shoes actually expand multi-directionally while running, letting you move more naturally and dynamically. And, Nike Free RN Flyknits are built for comfort, so they actually feel like socks while you’re wearing them (not bulky, rigid running shoes of the past). And to boot, you can purchase your shoes on a 30-day trial, where you can test them out for 30 days and return them for a full refund if you’re not satisfied. In short, consider these soles a workout wardrobe must-have.
The other pieces pictured in the Nike running outfit in this post include a sleek and sheer Nike Dri-Fit Cool Running Top, printed Nike Pronto Essential Running Crops with a hidden back zip pocket, and a Nike Pro Hyper Classic Padded Sports Bra that comes in some really fun colors, including this magenta-orange combo.
Shop more Nike Free Running shoe styles here. And shop all of the pieces in this post below…
Download the Nike Running App.
The Nike+ Running App makes it super easy to track your workout and see stats like your speed, run time, calories burned and distance. It even lets you choose which playlist you’ll be listening to on your run. Having an app that lets you log your runs each day will help motivate you to compare the stats from your previous runs and will allow you to compete with yourself. This app is honestly one of the things that has helped us to learn to love running!
In our experience, being social about your workout routine is a great way to hold yourself accountable to sticking to program. Whether that means posting on social media, enlisting a workout buddy, joining a local running group or finding a personal trainer you love, adding a social aspect to your running program will help you to vocalize and achieve your goals.
If you’re not a totally new runner (or if you already completed Part 1 of our challenge) and you want to really dive into a more advanced running routine, today we’re taking our running program a step further and sharing an intermediate plan. Take a peek below for the 2.0 version of our 10-day running challenge…
Now, we’d love to know…
Are you going to continue on with part 2 of our running challenge?
Let us know in the comments below!
XO Team LC