Stuck in a running rut?
Well, if that's you, there's a few things you can do to get out of that slow, plugging away feeling with no results. It won't be easy, but it will be effective. Just kidding! Want an easy way? Keep reading!
More Involved: (aka the non-easy way)
1. First off, Intervals with recovery walking or slow jogging in between running faster-than-normal pace.
2. Work on strength. What kind of moves? Some of the best ones include planks, bridges, lunges and squats. Working the core and glutes in addition to your legs will yield better results and more power. Warm up with these moves and do them on non-running strength training days.
3. Speaking of power, add plyometrics. What are these plyometrics?
Add jumps! Jumping jacks, jumping from lunge positions, high knees and tuck jumps. (Ugh tuck jumps. I hate them but they are so effective!) Working explosive power in your legs will dramatically help your long distance game.
Post-run, post-banana bread high!
1. New workout clothes. Seriously, donning new flattering and comfy workout gear rather than your old sweats. It will put a little pep in your step, er stride!
2. Choose a new route. Exploring a new area will get you out of your rut, or distract you into running further and faster as you explore. One of my favorite things to do is choose a destination that I tell myself I have to get to! I, er, a friend of mine used to do a long run once a week to a book store to use the bathroom and read a chapter of a book at a time until she finished it. It was something to look forward to! And only borderline weird...
3. Join a run club or run group, or run with a faster friend (or a cute guy or girl, and I right??) You'll be motivated to keep up with your run buddy/buddies, and if you're having a great convo, the run might just fly by!
4. MY FAVORITE: have a tasty treat to get back to after your run! But of course, keep it healthy and nourishing but also delicious. That's where I come in! This banana bread practically melts in your mouth and is gluten-free, vegan and sugar-free! Woot woot!
Paleo Banana Bread
2.5 mashed bananas
2 eggs or AIP: 2 gelatin "eggs"
1/4 cup sunflower or almond butter
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup coconut flour
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp ginger
3/4 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp arrowroot flour
sprinkle sea salt
Mix bananas, nut or seed butter, and vanilla well. Stir in remaining ingredients, pour into a parchment-lined loaf pan and bake at 350 for an hour or until baked and set; will be soft but don't over-bake or it will be too crumbly (but still taste good).