Sanya Richards-Ross has already had a fantastic career. She鈥檚 a four-time Olympic gold medalist, and though she鈥檚 now retired from running in an Olympic capacity, she鈥檚 headed to Rio 2016聽as a commentator for NBC 鈥 and we couldn鈥檛 be happier聽to hear what she has to say about the games. In the meantime, we also got to talk to her about how she finds motivation to run, and while she says that she is super self-motivated (as you must be to be an Olympian. Duh.) and usually is able to just get up and do it (we wish that could be all of us!), she gave us a few really great tips to get us off the couch and headed toward our goals.


1. Make a really great playlist.聽Richards-Ross says she鈥檚 basically been listening to Lemonade since Beyonc茅聽dropped the hour-long video on HBO, and who could blame her? She also listens to Rihanna, Drake, gospel music and hip-hop. 鈥淚t鈥檚 all about my mood and whatever I need to get me through my run.鈥

2. Get some gear that makes you feel cute.聽She says that if you wanna forget you鈥檙e running, one of the best things you can do is make yourself look cute (and if her recent athleisure collab with Nike is any indication, she pulls that ish off). Also: She likes to match her sports bra to her running tights. 鈥淚f you feel good, and you look good, then you run good.鈥

3. Make SURE you have the right sneakers.聽鈥淔irst, you need the right pair of socks. Find the right pair of socks before you shop for shoes.鈥 She recommends a shoe that鈥檚 not too heavy, but also not too light. You want something with a little bit of cushion.

4. It鈥檚 okay to take it easy. Sometimes.聽鈥淚 really had to start listening to my body. There would be聽times I had to take a day off because I didn鈥檛 recover as much from a hard session as I did when I was 18, 19 or 20.鈥 So, don鈥檛 be too hard on yourself when you鈥檙e too sore for a run. Take a breather, then keep going. You can do it!

Do YOU have any tips on how to get yourself running? Tweet us @BritandCo!

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