"I let people rely on me as a trainer," said Becs Gentry, one of Peloton's running instructors. Since she records classes while running herself, Ms. Gentry uses her own internal battles as motivators. When she feels exhausted, she'll say, “I know this sucks, guys, but we're going to do this together. Don't let me down.” Or, “You can do this for three minutes. Think of all the things that take longer than three minutes. "
For a less chatty virtual trainer, you can use the Couch to 5K app, a beginner-friendly program that lets you select characters like Johnny Dead, a brain-hunting zombie, or Runicorn, the running unicorn, to tell when to run or go.
Wear your dirty clothes again.
Experts advise you to sleep in your landing gear – compression tights and so on – so that nothing is between you and the start of your morning run. The idea is that you put friction between yourself and walk out the door. And as Tara Parker-Pope explained in our 7 Day Well Challenge, by removing obstacles like this, you are more likely to reach a new health goal. But there was no way I could sleep in a sports bra or get out of bed to run until 7 a.m.
The lightbulb moment came when the woman who runs my running group, Helen McCaffrey Birney, told us through Zoom that she doesn't always wear clean clothes when she runs. She is wearing her cute leggings with pockets again and no one is the smarter. Since the only thing I need less is laundry (barely a second after dirty dishes) during the pandemic, this was the perfect way to reduce friction and housework.
If you're looking to wear gear again, keep those dirty clothes in one spot in your room, possibly on a hook, so the sweat dries out in time for your next workout. Finally, you should wash them before they report when entering a room – my experience is likely after three wearings.
Don't run fast.
You may not think you are fast, but you are probably running faster than necessary. Do you think you move more slowly than when you walk? Slow down more. Do you feel like a turtle? Put the turtle in slow motion.
That way, you can walk longer. The slower you drive, the more you can take care of your body. This pain in your shins tells you something, but not necessarily, that you need to stop running. You may need to move your foot or try a different recovery route.