I’m a runner. As I mentioned on the blog before, I’ve always loved running. To me, running is my ‘me’ moment, the time I spend for myself, away from the world, the to-do lists, the chaos, the stress and life in general. That being said, I’m not an avid competitive runner like you probably imagine a typical runner should be: I run like an old lady, very slowly, never compete or do organized running events. Nope. I run because I like it, at my pace, for myself.
These last few months, I’ve had to stop and start again my running routine. First, my knee bothered me to the point where running was not fun. Then, during a run, I tore a calf muscle and had to stop for a longer time because my muscle lining had not healed well. It took me forever to recover from this injury, stretching, physical therapy and much more fun details, but I’m now back on business.
The problem with running is the first 2 weeks. They are excruciating. Painful. Not fun at all. And then something magical happens. You look forward to your next run, your endorphin levels are all pumped up and your body requests to go out and run. Really, no joke.
I love running, because by 10AM, my Fitbit wristband congratulates me for my achieved daily steps goals, I feel like I took care of my body and… I’m more fit. Every time I’ve stopped running, my oh-so-lovely muffin top came back.
So, if like me, you want to feel better, try running, but stick to it for a month, just a month. Chances are you’ll be a runner as well – provided of course that you don’t have a medical condition, and get cleared by your MD. The great thing about running is that it does not require a big investment to start. However, there are 3 things that are crucial to start running : a good running bra for support, a good quality pair of sneakers [and I’m not talking about those fancy trendy sneakers, no, good cushioning running shoes that are adapted to your foot structure] and music – although some runner friends of mine swear to running without music, but I’m a music adept. I can’t run without music.
So I’m sharing with you today my running playlist. It’s the one I’m currently running on. It’s a 30-minute-run playlist. If you like it, I’ll post more music running [or not necessarily just running] playlists to share with you on the blog. Note that the rhythm/pace of these songs is not fast, to keep your heart rate in the lower zone, because the faster the music, the more chance you’ll exhaust your heart and possibly hurt yourself running too fast trying to catch up with the tune. Also, the slower your heart rate, the higher the fat burning – versus cardio training if you keep your heart rate higher.
RUNNING NO.1 || Listen on Spotify
Anyway, get your bra, iPhone or iPod, and running shoes on and let’s get fitter together. Say ‘au revoir muffin top!’… oui? Cheers, Si-