Who knew that moms are the best coaches (and no, that’s not me and my mom up there)? Seriously, just think about all those little nuggets of wisdom your mom has been telling you all your life. You didn’t realize they had anything to do with running, did you?
Neither did I, until the day I went for a run and the idea for this blog popped into my head. I am joining the Friday Five 2.0 from Fairytales & Fitness and Rachel @ Running on Happy and sharing five things you mom always told you that will help your running.
Anything worth doing is worth doing right
The reason a lot of would-be runners give up on running is that they figure it’s easy and they jump into it with little research. Spoiler: it ain’t so easy for most folks when they start.
You started for a reason. No doubt something was telling you that running was a good idea. Do yourself a favor and join a group, hire a coach, or do a little research about running.
You can thank me later. And your mom.
If everyone jumped off a bridge, would you jump too?
All your running friends are running marathons, or ultras, or trying tris. Maybe that sounds really exciting to you . . . and maybe it doesn’t.
Don’t do it just because all your friends are doing it — do it because you truly want to (because most of these things are really hard). And if you don’t want to? You can always drive and cheer.
Go outside and play!
Do moms even still say that? Well, they sure said that when I was growing up. Spending time outside doing something fun is time you will never regret.
Stand up straight
People tell me all the time that they think I’m taller than I am (5’1″). I don’t think my posture is really all that great, but I do try to be aware of it and I think that’s what creates the illusion of more inches.
Not slouching while running will actually help your running — it’s hard to take in a deep breath when you’re all hunched over. This is a momism that will always be true.
This too shall pass
We’ve all had bad days, bad runs, and bad races. Whatever made it bad is temporary. A better day, run, and race is around the corner. If you’re feeling terrible during your run, you’re not going to feel terrible for all your runs.
What did your mom tell you that can be applied to running?
Did your mom tell you the same things?
How’s your posture?