I am no athlete. Never was, never will be. But after losing 7 or 8 pounds recently, I really want to keep it off and get fit. My eating habits have definitely improved and I’m liking my new middle. Heck, I know I still have my pooch belly, but I feel better and I like that my clothes fit better. I also like the fact that some are now too big! It feels good to accomplish something!
I tried running in 2011 and completed my first 5K after having Owen a few years ago, but I never kept up with it. I know it’s harder to run on a treadmill and I know I hate the cold weather. So now that spring is officially here in New England, I’m grabbing the bull by the horns and trying to run more often. Dare I say it, running has kind of become enjoyable! Who am I? I love that I can say that!
Here are some tips that have helped me to enjoy learning how to run and I hope you find them helpful too:
- Listen to music while you run. Can’t even believe what a difference this has made.
- Drink plenty of water throughout the day. I’ve completely cut out Diet Coke and drink water all day long now. I feel so much better.
- Invest in a good pair of running shoes. Having the right support and the right fit for your foot and your running style is absolutely necessary. Go to a specialty store and have them analyze your running style, your foot, your needs. You’ll most likely want a size that is a half size bigger than your average dress shoe size.
- Try the Strava app. Wow. I hadn’t used any decent apps to keep track of my pace or distance before and I am now obsessed with Strava. I love the audio updates that cut into my music to tell me my spit times, my pace and my distance. I love the stats I can look at when I get home. I love , love, love Strava. You should download it right now. It’s FREE!
- Walk when you need to. I was against walking for a long time. I didn’t want to have to do any walking during any of my 5Ks. But after my last run this past weekend, I walked for about 45 seconds when I needed a break. After taking those walking breaks, I could easily return to my running and felt better and more motivated to keep pushing and going. I ran 4.5 miles that day – my longest run EVER!
- Wear clothes that feel good when you run. Invest in some running pants or shorts that don’t chafe or hurt you. There’s nothing worse. I only really have one pair of Nike pants that I LOVE and I definitely need some new tanks for the warmer weather.
- Have a place to keep your music while you’re running (I don’t have this yet). What should I get?
- Sign up for a 5K. If you sign up, your invested and committed. There’s no turning back. You’re running a 5K, so you have to get out there and run before the big day.
See you on the road. If you keep up with it on a weekly basis (maybe even 2 or 3 times per week) it will get easier, I promise!
Got any good tips for those of us who are learning how to run? I’m hoping to run 5 miles next weekend. I really hope I can do it.