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Whilst the big event itself will undoubtedly be one of toughest things you’ll ever do, the long marathon training runs are much worse. You have to plan out a route, hold your own water and carry all your snacks.🧡🧡

Will it rain? Do you need gloves? Should you take a jacket? With no one to cheer you on, no markers to follow or people passing out water, these runs require more strength of mind and determination than the race itself 👆

Whilst on the day there’ll be more people handing

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5 Ways To Make Running More Fun

Running isn’t always fun. 😣😡 😤

This statement is coming from someone who will shout from the rooftops how much she loves running. I may think running is awesome and you probably do too, but just about every runner out there will admit that it’s not always fun or enjoyable.

Here are five ways to make a run just a little more fun or at the very least a little less boring.

  1. 🏃Belt it out like Adele has just asked you to come on stage and sing with her. The shower shouldn’t be the only place where you feel free enough to let go. On your next run, turn up your music and sing along OUT LOUD. Laughs are guaranteed and we all could use a good laugh from time to time.
  2. 🏃Grab a friend, download a new app called Geekin Radio and belt out duets with your BRF (Best Running Friend). Taylor Swift and her #squad don’t have anything on you and your girl. What if you don’t have a friend who will run with you? Geekin Radio is an app that lets users anywhere in the world listen to the same playlist. Invite a virtual friend you met on social media to run with you at the same time. This will give you the accountability factor but can be easier than finding someone who is the same pace and available to meet in real life.
  3. 🏃Step on a crack, break your mothers back. Are you the type of runner who is always looking down on your runs? Revive the childhood game of making sure you don’t step on any cracks during your run. Giving your mind something else to focus on keeps it from thinking about the uncomfortable parts of the run.
  4. 🏃Dust off your air drums. If you are running to a kick butt playlist, its likely that there is at least one song that really gets you going. The song that makes you feel like you are floating on air and could run farther than you ever have before. Harness that energy by playing the easiest instrument around—the air drum. It’s guaranteed to make you smile. Experts say that smiling during a run can release tension and make the run feel easier.
  5. 🏃I don’t often leave my watch at home when I run. I find the beep my watch makes every mile to be motivating. If you are not running double digits, you don’t hear that motivating beep as often as those training for a marathon. Change the intervals on your GPS to beep every half mile or every 5 minutes. When the run gets tough, ask yourself if you can make it to the next beep. Once it arrives, ask yourself if you have 5 more minutes in you. Don’t look at the run as a whole. Just focus on completing the shorter segments. With each beep of the watch, ask yourself if you have more to give.

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4 Ways Running is Best for Weight Loss

Any exercise is good exercise, but when it comes to losing weight, it’s hard to beat running. After all, running is one of the most efficient ways to burn calories. If you’re already a runner, keep on keepin’ on. If you’re not a runner yet but interested in how to lose weight, here are four reasons running can be the best exercise for weight loss.

1. Running works even when you’re at rest. High-intensity exercise like running stimulates more “afterburn” than low-intensity exercise. That is, even when comparing running with walking the same distance, studies find that running will lead to greater weight loss, most likely because your resting energy expenditure stays elevated after you run. In a long-term comparison study of runners and walkers, calories burned through running led to 90% more weight loss than calories burned through walking.

2. Running is time-efficient. Even if the myth that running a mile and walking a mile burn the same number of calories were true, running is a considerably faster way to burn those calories. Most people can run two or three times as far as they can walk in a given amount of time. At the other end of the spectrum, super-intense but short workouts, such as the “Scientific 7-minute Workout” from the Human Performance Institute, may burn more calories per minute per running, but because they’re so short, your total caloric burn isn’t as great as if you ran.

3. Running is convenient. Though many of us have accumulated a vast arsenal of GPS gadgets and tech tees over the years, little is actually required to go running. You can do it alone. You can do it almost anywhere. You don’t need any equipment beyond a pair of running shoes. For this reason alone, running is the best workout for weight loss because it’s cheap, it’s accessible, and there are fewer barriers to maintaining a routine, even while traveling.

4. Two words: runner’s high. The first rule of exercising for weight loss is that if you don’t enjoy it, you won’t stick with it. Fortunately, studies support what many runners have experienced on an anecdotal level—running can actually get you high. Scientists have found links between moderate to intense exercise and morphine-like brain chemicals called endocannabinoids, which suggest endorphins alone aren’t responsible for the occasional flood of euphoria that rushes over you during a hard run. That floaty, happy sensation you had after your last race—makes you want to go for another run, right?