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All About Running!

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It’s time to get a move on 🏃‍♀️ Nothing makes me feel better than putting on a cute pair of running shoes and hitting the trail. I’ve always been a runner. You may not know it, but I’m a pretty sporty lady 😏 I played basketball, track, cheer – but just going for a good run has always been my favorite way to destress, clear my head, and get my blood pumpin’! I’ve been really intentional to go for a run almost every day during quarantine and y’all have sent in some questions about my routine, so I wanted to put together a compilation for anyone interested!

What’s my running schedule?

First things first! I always go running with my friend Shauna. She’s my neighbor which makes it super easy! I cannot stress enough how amazing it’s been to have accountability for the morning when I don’t wanna get my booty outta bed! 

We typically run for 4-5 miles a day, but take Sundays off and do a workout, like yoga 🙏 or a Hype Fitness routine. Once a week, usually on Saturdays, we like to do a challenge. A week or so ago we ran for 13 miles in a day. We broke it up into 5 miles in the morning, 3 miles around lunchtime, and 5 in the evening. It might sound intimidating, but remember, you have to go at your own pace! If you’re working towards one mile straight right now, WAY TO GO!! Building up endurance is so important and remember – every lap you take is one more than you would have sitting on the couch, no matter how fast or slow. 

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What running shoes do I wear?

It really does make a difference running in specifically running shoes versus just cute tennis shoes. I know it can be tempting to just throw on your chunky sneaker or your Converse or something, but trust me: if you can get a pair of running shoes, they will save your feet! Lots of cute sneakers LOOK athletic but aren’t really built that way, so make sure to buy a pair designed for running. 

I love my Asics Gel Nimbus shoes – they’re super comfortable and lightweight, but they have good structure, too. I also love my Adidas Ultraboosts – they’re only 11 ounces, so super light, and have great traction. Any Brooks running shoes are great too!

What activewear do I wear? 

Fabletics is my ride or die! I seriously love how many cute options they have, and they’re super affordable, too. If you become a new member, it’s only $24 for TWO pairs of leggings (or any other bottoms you’d want!). They’re seriously the only brand I wear running, I just know I can always rely on them.

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What do I listen to while I run?

I have a Sassy Mama Running Playlist that gets my booty moving!!

How do you know how fast to run?

I try to get my heart rate up the optimal cardio heart rate for my age and fitness range! Everyone’s optimal cardio heart rate differs based on your age, environmental factors, medication use, and fitness range. 

To find YOUR ideal cardio heart rate, subtract your age from 220. That’s your approximate MAXIMUM heart rate. You want to aim for 50-75% of that maximum heart rate for moderate excercise (aerobic, like running), and 70-85% for more intense exercise (anaerobic, like strength training). I’m no scientist, so make sure to read here for more info – this is where I learned more about it!

Any tips or tricks?

  • Breathe in through your nose and out through your mouth – your nose actually has the ability to filter some of the air particles as they come into your body! 
  • I always tell myself, “my legs are carrying me.” You can slow down, but keep your legs moving. Don’t focus on your mental struggles. Pop on a great playlist and focus on the words if you’re really struggling!
  • Try to run for time rather than distance. Try to run for 10 minutes straight, then to 20 minutes, and increase over time. Building endurance takes time so don’t be mad at your body for needing to adapt slowly, but always try to push yourself a little but outside of your comfort zone. If it’s starting to get easy, it’s time to increase your time!
  • You can use an Apple Watch to track heart rate and distance! It’s a great way to track your progress and to reach your goals. If you don’t have an Apple Watch, iPhones track your distance on the Health app, and there are tons of pedometer apps you can download to track your steps. 

I hope this helps you on your running journey! I feel like there’s still so much to learn. What are your top tips and tricks for running? What habits have made you stronger? 💪


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    May 14, 2020 at 3:48 pm

    This is such great advice! I totally agree that your mind is stronger than your feelings of tiredness and laziness. The hardest part truly is getting out of bed and committing to going out! To help this, I usually will set out my cute workout outfit and shoes in my bathroom to remind me to put them on and get going! It helps me to put my clothes and shoes on and immediately leave the house so I don’t get stuck doing other random tasks as a way to procrastinate! Thanks for the advice, Dani.

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    Linda S
    May 14, 2020 at 4:00 pm

    Thank you for the tips. My problem is finding the right stride. I feel awkward. I’ve seen people running on the ball of their foot and then others on the heel first. ???

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      May 14, 2020 at 10:26 pm

      Hey! Heel striking is generally advised against because if you land with foot put in front the force from the impact is pushing you backwards and can be jarring on your joints! The best tip to land appropriately is to increase you cadence (steps per minute) so you can land with your feet directly underneath you instead of stretching your legs out in front of you! I feel like this video explains it well, but there’s tons of other ones on YouTube

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    May 14, 2020 at 4:26 pm

    Great advice, thanks Dani! I’ve been trying to run more during quarantine and have seen some improvements, but hopefully these tips will help me improve some more. I especially like the tip about running for time, not distance.

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    May 14, 2020 at 4:42 pm

    Thank you for breaking it down. I have been wanting to start running but I’ve had a negative attitude about it. Like you said our minds are so strong. I am determined to start, slow and steady. Thank you Dani

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    Julie McCarter
    May 14, 2020 at 4:49 pm

    Love your red workout set! ❤️ Those running shoes are super cute too! I’ve never really been a runner but I’d love to start.. these are great tips! Especially the heart rate 220-age… I never knew that! Great Post!! 🤍

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    Kate Severino
    May 14, 2020 at 5:36 pm

    Thanks for sharing. You’re an inspiration and look like a badass here, too!

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    May 14, 2020 at 7:56 pm

    Great work! I thought on your story you said you two ran the full 13 miles before noon rather than the morning, afternoon, evening split you mentioned above? Either way, well done and thank you for the running advice!

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    May 14, 2020 at 7:57 pm

    I love all of this!
    I used to enjoy running but I get the worst shin splits and that keeps me from going as fast and as far as I really want to, do you have any tips and tricks on how to prevent them or help with them while running?
    Thanks a bunch <3

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    May 14, 2020 at 9:51 pm

    Love all of this advice! I love running and have found that simply shifting my focus helps me get through different excuses/pains that I feel. If my legs feel fatigued and tired, I focus hard on my breathing. If I feel that my core is achy, I focus on how strong my legs feel. If I feel that breathing is harder that usual that day, I focus on how good the rest of my body feels. There is also a drastic difference in how my runs feel dependent on how hydrated I am!

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    Katie Musbach
    May 15, 2020 at 4:14 am

    Love this advice❤️ Thank you!! I started running when I was thirty and the best advice I ever got was that the first mile is the hardest. Don’t stop, like you said, and get through the first mile and it gets easier. Literally changed my life because I never thought I could run because I couldn’t run a mile. That advice helped me to push myself to just finish one mile and once I did my body was loose, I was in a groove and now I’m a runner!! Still running 10 years later and half-marathon proud! Praise God! I still think of that when I start my run and I feel crappy…just keep going, it gets easier!!

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