Whether you’re new to running or have been doing it for years, the reasons for why, how, when, where, and with who we run have been drastically altered in the last six weeks. Here at The Loop Running Supply, those in our running community typically fall into one of three categories for why they run:

  • On one end of the spectrum, there are the runners who have been training for races and events that have unfortunately been cancelled.
  • Then there are the runners who were in it primarily for the community. It was the 6am wake up call to run with friends that got them through a stressful day.
  • Lastly, and now more than ever, there are the runners who are new to the activity – often self-proclaimed ‘haters’ of running. With gym and studio closures, however, for many, running has now become one of the easiest and most accessible ways to get in a workout, and some (city approved) time outdoors.  

We here at The Loop are not trying to convince you that running is the best thing that will ever happen to you (you’ll discover that for yourself), but to provide some guidance into unchartered waters. 

The Pivot

Just as we have all had to pivot our routines, work environments, and how we socialize, we may also pivot our thinking towards running. This week we challenge you to really think about why you’re running. Whether it be to eventually sign up for a race, for weight loss, stress relief, or purely out of boredom, it’s important you take the time to find your reason. 

Diving In

This week’s Beginner Workout Challenge is a simple one you can do in your own neighborhood. 

  • Start with a warm up jog. It can be timed (5-10 minutes), or just until you’re filling loose.
  • When you reach a mailbox (stop signs or bus stops also work if those are more prevalent in your neighborhood) pick up your pace!
  • When you reach the next mailbox, slow it down (to a walk or to a jog, whatever your body is telling you) Repeat these ‘ons and offs’ six to ten times, based on how you’re feeling.
  • Cool down (5-10 minutes). You’ve done it! You’re officially on your path to being a better runner. The Loop recommends attempting this routine once or twice a week for beginners.

Check back in next week for more tips on improving your relationship with running. 

Who is The Loop?

The Loop Running Supply is a comprehensive technical footwear and apparel destination, created by and for the running community. The shop exists to equip and empower athletes of all fitness levels by offering a curated selection of gear that never compromises on performance or style. The Loop is locally owned and operated and can be found nestled alongside you’re favorite running route, the The Town Lake Trail.

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