Published August 21st, 2014 by

10 Ideas To Keep You Running // Life In Beta

  1. Change up your tunes.
    Make a new playlist of songs. If you’re tired of music, try listening to stand up comedy albums. Spotify has lots you can stream on your phone. (My favorites are Jim Gaffigan, Kathy Griffin and Hal Sparks.) If those don’t appeal to you, try podcasts or the NPR app. If you always run with headphones, try a quiet run without any music at all.
  2. Get new shoes.
    There’s nothing like a shiny new pair of shoes to break in! Especially if your shoes are worn or bothering your feet, treat yourself to a new pair. Splurge and go to a local running shop where they can analyze your stride and fit your feet. Having a new pair of shoes to break in should get you out the door, and having better-fitting shoes should keep you moving!
  3. Turn off the trackers.
    If you’re obsessed with your Garmin or run-tracking app on your phone, scrutinizing your splits and distances… maybe it’s time to turn it off for a while. Try taking an “unplugged”, free run.
  4. Run with friends.
    I’m typically a solo-runner, but there is something to be said for running with friends. Having a buddy or joining a running club makes you accountable to get out there and put in those miles! It also gives you people to commiserate with when you’re having a bad day…
  5. Read running blogs and/or start your own running blog.
    If you don’t have friends that are interested in running, finding a running community online can be the next best thing! Reading running blogs has been a huge motivator for me, and blogging to share your own running successes and failures makes you accountable to keep going!
  6. Change your scenery.
    Instead of running your same old route, seek out a new place to run. If you’re usually a road-runner, try a trail run to change things up.
  7. Sign up for a race.
    Put down the money and commit to a race, then commit to a training schedule to prepare!
  8. Try mind tricks.
    If you’re not in the mood to run, make yourself at least go for a 10 or 20 minute walk, then decide if you want to keep going or quit. Once you’re dressed and out the door, it’s much easier to talk yourself into going just a few more minutes or miles.
  9. Take care of any injuries.
    Don’t delay a trip to the doctor if something is bothering you. The fastest way to halt your running career is with an injury.
  10. Go easy on yourself.
    It’s not all-or-nothing. Even a short walk/run is better than not going out at all!

What keeps you running? Share your tips in the comments!

Published August 15th, 2014 by

Whew! Made it through another week, and it’s Friday!! (I know you all are as excited as I am!) My weekend is going to be busy-busy; I’m working on a blog-”facelift” for a past client, working on some of my own web-projects, and (fingers crossed) working on the new house. Mike is working double shifts, so I’ll be attempting to do all that with kids in-tow. Good times!

Myles' New Sweater // Life In Beta

Myles is finally big enough to wear the fun sweater his Aunt Melanie and Aunt Chrissy got him at his baby shower!

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Watching »

  • TINY: A Story About Living Small (available on Netflix)
    I watched this on a whim, but loved seeing the creative, space-saving homes these families are living in. Our new home is under 1,000 square feet, so I saw it as inspiration — but I could never go as tiny (150-250 square feet!) as some people in this documentary did! 
  • Breastmilk the Movie
    I wrote about this documentary earlier in the week and highly recommend it for moms-to-be!


Shopping »

Medals & Bibs Display from StrutYourStuffSignCo (Etsy)

Medals & Bibs Display by StrutYourStuffSignCo (Etsy)
I got the smaller version of this, but I really loved the quote on it: “The miracle isn’t that I finished; the miracle is that I had the courage to start”. That’s where I’m at in my running “career” at the moment, and I think this will be a good reminder to keep going! I’m looking forward to having more bibs and medals to hang on it!


Mandatory Fun by Weird Al Yankovic
I really don’t think this needs any explanation. I don’t often buy entire albums, but I love Weird Al, and really wanted to support him. I love that he is still making albums that are every bit as good as he was 30+ years ago.