If you had asked Sophia Bush one year ago today if she thought she'd ever run a marathon, the star would probably tell you no. "I've had asthma all my life," she says. "When I first started training for this, I hadn't run a mile since junior high." Now she's run a 5k, and is the new face of the San Francisco Marathon. "San Francisco is the epitome for me," Bush says. "People are so active, and you can understand why when you see the Bay area, and all the nature. People care a lot about the environment there." So Bush, 28, partnered with the Nature Conservancy to become a member of Team Nature Conservancy and will be running in the marathon on July 31st. Here's what the star had to say about training for a marathon.
1. Take an off day. "I wish someone had told me how important off days are in between running," Bush says. "When I started training, I just started running every day, which you shouldn't do. I learned that lesson the hard way by getting a stress fracture."
2. Put in a low-impact workout on your off-days. "Your body needs a balance," Bush says. "All the sudden high-impact stress can really take a toll on your body. So if you still want to be active and get in a good workout, go to a yoga class or pilates class, or get in some strength and conditioning." To stay fit when she's not running, Sophia surfs, does yoga, and walks her dogs.
3. Get a program guide. "There's this great app for the iPhone that's called Get Running, and it provides awesome weekly training sessions," Bush says. "It's got this woman's voice, and she's got a nice British accent, and she'll interject and say, 'now you're about to start a run for three miles,' or 'you're halfway there, carry on.' I just love her!" Need motivation? There's an app for that! Check these cool healthy living apps and get on track to get fit.
4. Put together a playlist of your favorite music. "You've got to put together a mix-tape of all your favorite music," Bush says. "When I hear Florence and the Machine sing, "run fast for your mother..." on "Dog Days," I can just listen to that song over and over.'"
5. Stay in bed— sometimes."Your body tells you what it needs, and if you sleep past your alarm on a Saturday morning, it's probably because you need the sleep," Bush says. "Again, it's all about balance. If I spend a Saturday being lazy and curled up on the couch with my dogs, I'll just make sure to get out and be active on Sunday."