This is the true story about how the app Aaptiv helped me to find MY happy pace in running again.
Backtrack to late last fall.
I had trained on my own for The Big Sur Half Marathon in November. And by training I mean I managed the workouts, and the long runs etc, but my motivation was kind of in the pooper. Like on a scale of 1-10 I was probably at a 3 or 4 at best but only because I was still running. It wasn’t pretty and I wasn’t really enjoying myself at all. I ran the half with no real expectations, no big hopes for a new PR. I knew I would finish and chocked it up to enjoying the sights and sounds of my last Big Sur Half Marathon while here in CA. Mission accomplished, in other words I got it done. It’s a beautiful half for sure. Thank goodness.
Next up for me was the Star Wars Light Side Half in January. Problem was although I was super excited to run the Star Wars themed race, I was still lacking any real motivation to continue to train.
Please note: I DO NOT receive ANY monetary compensation from sharing Aaptiv. Nor did they ask me to write this post. However I really and truly enjoy the app and use it regularly. If you’re in a rut and lacking motivation like I was, or just want to try something new then this might be just the app for you.
My husband has been in a rigorous accelerated collage program to get his masters degree. In other words lots of time in class and even more time at the library. That’s the reason we are in California so I’m not complaining just stating facts. We also have three very active children, I work part-time at a local running store, and am responsible 99% of the time for making sure the kiddos get where they need to be, when they need to be there. School, sports, scouts etc, etc. Like many of you my training is often superseded by family schedules. Add in lack of motivation and you have a recipe for a running disaster.
I had heard about Aaptiv online and had been curious about it. I found out a local friend of mine had become an ambassador. I contacted her and she hooked me up with a free trial, I mean what did I have to lose? Except maybe my severe lack of motivation. If this could help, then I was all in.
One word. Wow! I have to tell you joining Aaptiv has been a HUGE motivational boost for me! It not only saved my half, but has given me a whole new outlook and joy in my everyday running and training. In fact I was so hooked that before my trail period ended I not only signed up for the year I also applied to become an ambassador.
But before I go any further let me explain exactly what Aaptiv is?
Aaptiv is way more than a running app! It’s a complete on demand, multi coach, fitness audio training app right on your phone. It’s like having a coach in your pocket 24/7. Chock full of classes you can do in your home, at the gym or take it with you outside. The app has taken off since I have joined and now includes:
- Indoor (treadmill) Classes
- Outdoor Running Classes
- 5k – full marathon training plans
- Indoor Cycling classes
- Yoga Classes
- Strength Classes
- Meditation Classes
- Stairclimber Classes
- Walking Classes
- Stretching (classes are automatically suggested right on the app after each class, which I love because I can be a bit lazy when it comes to stretching)
- elliptical classes
- 7 minute quick HIIT classes
- monthly challenges and so much more
- there is also an Official Aaptiv Member Facebook page where you can connect with other members
In addition to choosing which type of class you want to take, filter options also include sorting by:
- duration of the class
- incline level (when applicable)
- difficulty level (green for beginner, yellow for intermediate and red for advanced)
- classes by trainer (choose your favorite or try someone new)
- new classes or classes previously taken
Classes are set to fantastic music too. No stale old “who the heck is this?” music here. You will find everything from Hip Hop and Rock to Country. Everything from Foo Fighters, Brittany Spears, AC/DC and everything in between. The trainers are motivating and informative, I love the extra push I get from having that trainer in my ear.
Back to my Half Training:
For the Star Wars Lightside I jumped into the half training plan at the appropriate week for my half schedule. Weekly runs in the half plan include cross training / recovery days. (a complete explanation of the plans are available on the Aaptive website) The half training includes days of speed work, tempo runs and even long runs. Each day is led by a seasoned instructor who both motivates you and gives great information on how to prepare for your half. Just click the day of the plan your on and go! I was able to do most (and could have done all if needed) of my training on the treadmill because that’s what works best for me time wise. The plan is great for indoor and outdoor training. I not only performed really well at Disney I enjoy every single minute of that half! Honestly.
This was in between miles 12 & 13…see still smiling.
So what now?
Since January I have continued to use Aaptive 4-5 days a week. I branched off from the plan and now include weekly classes like hill training, speed training and even cross training days. I am so thankful to be excited about working out and especially running again. I have found new motivation to work on getting better, faster, stronger all while finding my happy pace in running and life!
Great run thanks to Aaptiv even with some hills!
Are you needing a little motivation or a change in your routine and want to try Aaptiv too? Feel free to use my code
DARLENAKOLPAKCLUB (click my code for the website and enter it there)
Cancel at anytime during the trial period if you don’t love it.
Any problems or questions, just ask!