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!
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.
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.
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.
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 all right in my book.
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.
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!!
I’ve been running for about 6 months now. I’ve gone from not being able to run a full mile to doing a solid eight. My mile time has improved and my wardrobe now includes some of the cool “runner’s gear”. So there should be no mores surprises, right? Wrong.
Every single run is different. Yep, my three miles today was completely different than my three miles on Tuesday. Tuesday brought pain in my knee and legs. Today, there was no pain at all (thank you Wednesday night yoga class!). My legs couldn’t get their act together on Tuesday and I couldn’t get the right feel to my run. Today, my legs decided to work together (thanks for joining the party, guys!)
Every run will be different. Perhaps you slept poorly the night before or didn’t have your usual breakfast. Maybe the weather isn’t what you are used to or maybe you just are having an off day. That is a great thing about running, every day you’ll face new challenges. Although you may you just want to have a fun run everyday, as you go along in your running journey, you come to appreciate the changes & challenges the tough runs bring. And then you REALLY appreciate the easy fun runs.
Let’s get this straight right off the bat. I have never, ever been a runner. I am not one of those people who ran in high school and years later got back into it. In fact, I am the opposite. I never ran.
Don’t get me wrong, I was always active. My routine included going to gym, hopping on the elliptical or the bike or even the treadmill….and walk. I could do that for hours. I tried running. I have friends who run and I tried to run with them. The run would start out great but five minutes in, I would think “this would be way more fun if we just walked”.
It wasn’t until my daughter came along that something strange happened. I would be out for a walk with her in the stroller and just think, “we could run to the end of the street”. This thought soon became “we could run for this entire song”, then “the next two songs”. Lo and behold…I was becoming a runner.
I am still new and still struggle with the first three miles. Running terms such as pacing, splits, fartleks (tee hee!) are still new to me. Why all that gear in the running store really does help is still a mystery. I read constantly and while the “experienced runners” blogs are fantastic, I never found a blog that was just for me, the new runner. Hence why I started this blog. Please join me as I trip and fall through this journey!