New Running Lessons..from a New Runner

Good Morning Fellow New Runners!


I’ve seen so many people post about their “run-a-versary” but honestly I can’t remember what I did yesterday, let alone when I started running.  Even still, I feel as though I’ve learned a lot within the past year and I wanted to pass along my top 5 mistakes lessons I’ve learned in my first year of running:

So, you’ve decided you want to try this whole “running” thing. You’ve laced up your shoes and took your first steps. Way to Go!  As you get into running more and more you will realize there is lots to learn! 

  1. The “I am not a REAL runner” mantra: You know…only those people who are training for a marathon are the “real runners”.  Those people who can run really fast or who can go really far are the real runners.  Not me.  Excuse me…do you run more than you walk?  Do you go a little bit farther every time?  Then you are a runner.  End of discussion. runner
  1. Not wearing proper shoes.  Make sure you go to a running store (Floridians..FitNiche is simply amazing) and get a proper fit.  Ensure you know their return policy in case you need it.  You will most likely increase your mileage as you get into your new passion and your shoes will make all the difference.

                            2A. For my fellow ladies. Get fitted for and invest in a really good sports bra. Trust me on this.

Saucony's rock!

Saucony’s rock!

  1. Hydration and good nutrition everyday are key.  Believe me, no one was more bummed than I was to learn that sweets and beer do not count as “carb loading”.  Your runs will be easier when you take care of your body and what fuels it. Also, hydration is so important, especially if you are running in the summer.  At least 10 glasses of water every day, and I would argue that at least one of those glasses should have an electrolyte replenishing drink if you are going for a long run the next day or just came from one. 
    Better tasting than Gatorade with lots of nutrition to help you put back what your workout took out.

    Better tasting than Gatorade with lots of nutrition to help you put back what your workout took out.

  1. EAT/DRINK PROTEIN SOON AFTER A RUN.  This seems logical, but let me explain.  I would get debilitating, pounding headaches after long runs.  I would drink water like crazy, but I was never really hungry so I would wait a few hours after my run to eat something.  Big mistake.  If you are going for a long run, have something to eat very soon after.  Go for something with a nice mix of carbs and protein.  Once I started having a protein drink 10 minutes after my long run, my headaches completely vanished. 
    Any excuse to have chocolate is alright in my book.

    Any excuse to have chocolate is all right in my book.

  1. Find a running buddy.  Usually I run alone, happily listening to music, a podcast or just the thoughts in my head. However this can get lonely!  The best runs I’ve had are the ones with other runners.  The time goes by faster because you are chatting and, if you run with someone just a bit faster than you, your pace will ultimately improve.  Plus you can ask all sorts of running questions because if there is one thing other runners love to talk about, it is running.
    running partner

    Yep, she counts as a running buddy, our conversations are hilarious!


    Did I miss anything?  Please give me one piece of advice you’d give a new runner!!

Enjoy the Run!



Fitness Blog Challenge-Nutrition and Diet

Good Afternoon Fellow New Runners!


Today’s question as part of the fitness blog challenge is “do I diet” and if I follow a specific diet.  Easy!  I watch what I eat and I am very aware as to what I am eating, but I do not follow a specific diet.

In the past I have tried diets, Herbalife, Weight Watchers and they all work.  They take work, diligence and consistency, all of which are hard to do day after day in the real world.  But, for those motivated enough they DO work.

I had to stop all dieting when I was pregnant (naturally) which was an interesting time for me, diet-wise.  I was super diligent of everything I put in my body when I was pregnant.  I wanted to make sure anything I ate was also in the best thing for my child.  Being responsible for the entire well-being of another person really helps your dietary choices!  I was also much more diligent about my workouts.  I made sure I was at the gym almost everyday; walking, using the elliptical and even light weights.  I did prenatal yoga at least once a week.

After I had my daughter, I was still very cautious of everything I ate and drank as I was nursing her.  I took her for lots of walks, knowing that fresh air and the movement of the stroller would be something she enjoyed.

All of this had me thinking.  I was so careful as to what I put in my body when I was pregnant, why wouldn’t I be like this all the time?  As the primary caregiver for my child and one half of an amazing team with my husband, shouldn’t I take care of myself at all times, not just when I am carrying a baby?  The answer is yes!!

Given that, I started using the MyFitnessPal app and documenting my food intake.  I’ve been trying to snack healthier (fruits and veggies vs. cookies) and I’ve even partnered with a wonderful company, Advocare, which specializes in healthy food and supplements.  I find that when I fuel my body with vitamins and nutrients I not only feel better, but my body operates on a higher level.  My runs are easier, my energy is higher and my mood is lifted.

To this, I say find a diet plan that works for you and stick with it!  The first few weeks will be hard, but you will see results soon!  And for those of you who want to jump start your road to health, energy and wellness I highly recommend the 24 Day Challenge.  You can find information about it here and you can order it here.

Enjoy the Run!