You’re out with your friends and somehow the topic of fitness comes up. You just stay quiet and chuckle at the comments of others while keeping to yourself the fact that the last time you’ve really worked out was probably gym class in high school. Maybe you’ve gone on an occasional “run” since then, but you don’t mention that it turned into a walk after about a quarter mile. You wait for the topic to pass so you can go back to talking about how excited you are for the new season of Orange is the New Black. Except it doesn’t. The conversation escalates and you are caught up in whirlwind of people actively on their phones registering for the nearest Color Run.
They all ask if you’re up for it and without thinking the words “yeah absolutely” spill out of your mouth, followed by the word “s**t” under your breath.
If you’re someone who’s looking to get in shape but can’t seem to find the time, or you would just rather chew on rusty nails than go for a run, then you are not alone.
Running is hard, it takes willpower and the ability to hold yourself accountable. You either have to wake up early or do it after a long day of work. You have to drink more water than you personally enjoy, and sometimes, it even physically hurts. In all honesty, it’s miserable, until it’s not, and the point where it stops being miserable is different for everyone. Don’t worry, here comes the encouraging part.
We reached out to CrossFit athlete, 2x Kona Ironman, fitness guru, and entrepreneur, Eric Hinman, for some advice on the best methods for getting in shape for a run!
“Just start. Pick a race, and sign up!” Despite your excuses, you can get in shape. The first and most important step is getting started, and the best way to get started is to commit to an actual date.
“Seek guidance if you're new to running, racing a new distance, and/or you're looking to improve.” If you know that you can’t stick to it on your own, then reach out to the people in your life who want to help you. Whether it’s your best friend, mom, S.O. or that random girl you haven’t talked to since high school but is now involved in CrossFit. Reach out to someone who will hold you accountable when you won’t. It can also be really helpful to have a workout buddy.
Fun, but humbling being challenged by other incredible athletes in their sport specific disciplines. It keeps you hungry to achieve more. @brianmazza rocked my world @tonehouse (bear crawls, gallops, jumping, and sprinting) movements I don't often train. Today we hit some endurance @crossfit metcons. Welcome change, and adapt to what's thrown at you. No pain, no gain 💪 #betterthanyesterday @tenthousandgear 🙌
Aside from people, “there are many online plans. Find one, and stick to it.” These apps can track your progress and sometimes the only thing you need to keep you motivated is to see your distance ran go up while your time goes down.
What makes you feel great? Those people, places, activities, things, relationships, goals, hobbies, work, food. Make a list of positive influences. What brings you down, suffocates your energy, and degrades your happiness? Make a list. You know what to do from there. Happy Saturday! #betterthanyesterday 🙌🤘📸 @tenthousandgear / @chrisrsimpson
Your diet is also extremely important when it comes to getting in shape. Even if you aren’t looking to lose weight, eating healthy and getting enough water and protein can significantly impact your performance and progress.
Lastly, running isn’t for everyone, and if you’ve tried, like really tried, to like it and still can’t, then don’t force it. Find your sport, whatever it may be.
Eric is a CrossFit and endurance athlete who frequently participates (and places) in competitions. He is a LuluLemon Ambassador and CoFounder of UrbanLife CrossFit Gym in Syracuse, NY as well as Cali-inspired eatery Original Grain. If you want to learn more about fitness or nutrition, he’s the guy to ask.