Before I started running.
Running is one of those things that anyone can do. It doesn’t require a lot of gear, you can do it anywhere, it doesn’t take much coordination.
However, I’ve found that as a new runner, and someone running in races, there are some things that I wish I knew before I learned them the hard way.
Here we go.
1. Chafing is FO’ REAL. And it hurts. Buy some Body Glide, (about $8 for a stick at most sporting goods stores) and apply it in all of the places where fabric or skin could be rubbing. Yesterday I forgot mine because it fell behind the dresser. It wasn’t even that hot out and I ended up with a deep burn on my upper abs from my heart rate monitor strap rubbing against my skin/sportsbra/who knows. It hurts a lot more than it looks like it does.
2. Don’t wear cotton anything. Cotton absorbs all of the sweat and makes clothing heavy and wet. This includes big ‘ol cotton underwear. Not that any of us sexy ladies wear that.
3. Spandex is a GOOD idea. We all know that spandex isn’t the most flattering. But honestly, unless you are wearing one of those little thong things, no one is really going to notice. Tight pants result in less chafing. (see #1)
4. If you’re not that fast, move on back when starting a race. The first race I was in things were NOT organized. And when we were lining up at the start, I was all the way in the front. After 85% of the people blew past me, I realized that it would be better for me to have been in the back of the pack. Its proper race etiquette too.
5. Get a camelbak. I love mine and it made all the difference in my running. I had a waterbelt and it was terrible. Bouncing everywhere, causing chafing (see #1), and for all of that trouble, it only held 20 oz. of water. Also get a hat. I prefer underarmour. It helps to keep the sun and sweat out of your eyes and it’s important to have in the rain.
6. You aren’t going to wake up after a month of running and be all that much faster. I guess I thought that speed would just come to me, and it really hasn’t. But my endurance however, is getting much better. If you want to do speed training, there are plenty of workouts that can accomplish that. Here are a few. I haven’t gotten into them all that much..hence why my speed is still about the same. (I’m ok with that)
7. Just because you are now a runner, doesn’t mean you can eat like a sumo wrestler.
8. You may find that you want to talk about your running to anyone that will listen. A blog is a good way to talk about running when your husband, mom, dad, siblings, and friends are all reallllllllly tired of hearing about your running.
9. It’s okay to take walking breaks. It doesn’t mean you are a failure. And the guy running behind you who just saw you stop running doesn’t think so either.
10. Rest. And go to the doctor if your toes (or insert body part here), don’t seem to look or feel right. Once getting into running, its upsetting to think about NOT running. So take the proper precautions in staying healthy.
HAVE FUN OUT THERE!! Let me know if you have any more questions I can help with. I’m a newbie too so don’t be shy!
I’ll be with my 6th graders all morning, so I’ll see you at lunch!
Share your running tips! I’m all ears!
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