Posted by Valentina from Flat Tummy Co on

Inner pep talk

Not a runner? Neither are we.

But here are 6 ways to shut down your negative inner thoughts and GET IT DONE!

1. That perfect playlist

Literally cannot stress how much of a big deal this is. Ever obsessed over 3 songs so much that you put them in a playlist and just repeat them over and over again? Well… BAM! There it is! 12 minutes worth of running music right there. Aka... the perfect playlist for your first run! Once you turn the volume up, you can hardly hear your breathing and you'll also stop focusing on the fact that you're running because you’re too busy mouthing the words. So if you do the math, and you listen to those three songs twice, that’s basically 20 minutes (give or take) of running done for the day right there. Which… if you’re not a runner…. is a pretty solid effort when you’re just starting to get back on track. Finish it up with a 10 minute walk to cool down and head straight home to your Flat Tummy Tea. #missionaccomplished  

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2. Change it up

Babes, take note. If you’re like us and you’re always looking for the quickest path or the easiest way out, do yourself a favor and always change up your route. A new location changes everything. All of a sudden you’re not looking for the same tree that you know indicates that you’ve only got 2 more minutes to go. Plus looking at new scenery will keep you distracted from your breathing, or the fact that you’re running in general and you might be pleasantly surprised with how much longer you last when you’re in a new setting.

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3. Don’t push yourself too far

We’ve all been there. There’s nothing worse than starting off strong only to realize 3 minutes into your run that there’s a reason why you haven’t gone on one in about 8 months. We get it. The key is to start at a realistic pace and build from there. Don’t go too hard too quickly, it’s all about finding a pace that’s sustainable. You can build up your speed in time, but the key is consistency and 20 minutes at a good solid pace is better than 3 minutes of sprinting your legs off.

running plan

4. The buddy system

Grab your go to work bestie, get a timetable going, and stick to it. There’s nothing better than having your sassy bff give you a hard time for bailing. That’s what they’re there for. And that’s why you love them. Because even when you feel like staying home and laying on the couch, they’re right there knocking on your door until you’re ready to go. And you’ll do the same for them. Keep each other accountable, and smash those goals together! Trust us, this is where it’s at.

fitness partners

5. Motivate yourself

We know it sounds corny, but if there’s one thing that’s going to motivate you to get it done, it’s taking a long ass look in the mirror and reminding yourself of why you’re doing what you’re doing. Hang your dream dress on the back of the door, take a before photo and look at it every day, whatever you need to do to remind yourself why you need to smash your goals is what’s going to get you out of your pjs, into your sports gear and out there getting it done!

self motivation

6. New gear

Just because…. It helps, ok!? #sorrynotsorry


fitness gear

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