In the final installment of our RunnerMom
Manage Your Expectations
A few laps around the track may not squeeze you into your skinny jeans, but it's a start. To keep on running, Leff says it's key to manage your own expectations. "Building endurance is like potty training -- it doesn't happen in a day," says Leff. "When you start running, you don't have to go out and run for miles and miles. Don't ask your body to do something it's not used to. In the beginning, only two out of five runs a week might feel good, but if you keep going, it can really impact your stress level, which is important as a mom."
Know what? Making it out the door is a big deal! "Running is hard work, so it's really important to reward yourself," says Leff. "If you want an ice cream, go get an ice cream!" Just not so many that you undo all the good you did for yourself. Or opt for non-caloric rewards, like a cute little outfit that makes you feel like you're a runner. A hot runner. Leff says if you dress the part, you'll live the part.
Change It Up
As with any workout routine, it's important to shake things up to keep your mind and body engaged and challenged. Choose a new route to run each week or day. Or, Leff recommends simply running at a different time of day, or for a different increment of time, for a change in perspective. Remember, a quick run is better than no run.
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