I’ve always had a love-hate relationship with running. When I was in elementary school, the extent of my running was the annual gym class mile and whatever my soccer coaches made us do during practice [I did not love it]. In high school, I tried to pick up running as a way to stay active during the tennis off season [I tolerated it]. At the beginning of college, I tried every cardio workout possible with the sole intention of avoiding running. Now, I’m running two to three miles twice a week and I’m actually ENJOYING it!
So, what changed?
Well, my biggest challenge with running was always my lack of motivation. I struggled to even convince myself to get to the park and start my run, let alone encourage myself to complete a full-length one. To put it simply: I just got bored.
Recently, a few friends posted about the Nike Run Club app. When gyms and studios closed due to COVID-19, I knew I was going to have to get creative with my cardio days. I honestly don’t know what possessed me to commit to taking up running again, but I did and I downloaded the Nike Run Club app as well.
To be completely honest, I was a bit hesitant about the app at first and I didn’t know if I would like having a virtual coach talking to me while I was struggling through my workout. Fortunately, the app allows Spotify to be playing in the background and the coaches only speak for a few minutes at a time, so it wasn’t overwhelming. Plus, the Nike Run Club has curated playlists to match each individual run so there’s no stress about constantly updating your running playlist or listening to the same songs over and over again!.
Due to the high volume of guided runs available on the app, I’m going to share a few of my favorites depending on which running mood you’re in so that you have a place to start!
Favorite interval runs:
*Speed Run with Sanya
I personally started out with interval running because it had been a long time since I ran for distance. These interval runs mimic a HIIT-style workout by alternative between time spent running and time spent recovering!
Favorite motivational runs:
*New Morning Run With Headspace
*Breaking Through Barriers
Sometimes, you need a little extra motivation to get through your run and these runs are perfect for those days! Nike Run Club has partnered with Headspace to curate runs that are intended not only to challenge your muscles, but also your brain. I promise, you’ll end this run feeling stronger both mentally and physically.
Favorite short run:
*Tough Day Easy Run
Other days, you just aren’t feeling it and on those days I turn to this specific run. Not only is it short, but the coaching is tailored specifically to someone who is struggling in other aspects of life as well. Similar to the Headspace runs, this run offers motivation for your workout that you can take with you throughout the rest of the day!
Have you tried the Nike Run Club? Share your favorite guided runs with me on Instagram!