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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!

Yvonne

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I’m baaack!

Good Afternoon Fellow New Runners! After a full week off from running, my first since I started running consistently in June of 2013, I am excited to say I am back!  Got up this morning and went for a glorious 3 miler.  I wish I could say it was easy and there were no aches and pains, but that is not the case.  The aches and pains came and went luckily, and the ease…well I am still new and darn it, some days 3 miles are not as easy as I wish they were.

I have decided that because I have reached a plateau in both speed and distance, I am going to do a training plan for a half marathon.  I think this will help me not only go farther than the 10 miles I have been hitting on my long runs, but the speed workout will also help me be more diligent, and my pace will improve.  I have no idea if this will work or not, but at the very least I will see how these training plans work.   Hoping to find a half I can complete virtually in June.  Any thoughts?

After reading almost the whole book, I decided on the Train Like a Mother Finish It half marathon plan.  It is very do-able and even incorporates fun workouts into the mix, yay!  If all goes well I hope to do their half marathon Own It plan for my very first half in November.  I love the book, it is funny, informative and an easy and fun read.  I dare say, even the men out there would enjoy it! Train Like a Mother: How to Get Across Any Finish Line - and Not Lose Your Family, Job, or Sanity

Additionally, I have some learning from my week off:
1. It was needed!  The rest for my legs was awesome and I didn’t have the “heavy legs” this morning that were so prevalent before my break.

2. Taking a break allowed me to discover new workouts, most notably, yogalates.  Can’t wait for my next class (although I STILL ache from Thursday night!)

3. During my break, got to purchase a reflective vest from Nathan.  Yes, it is reflective and lights up!  I feel so much safer running while wearing it.  At first I thought the bouncing would bother me, but after just a minute or so, I didn’t even notice it anymore.  Pretty sure it can tighten so it won’t bounce at all, I will have to play with it to find out.   Also, the mesh adds literally no weight.  Plus (yes, there is more!) the batteries for the lights are simple watch batteries, which are easy to find.

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Has reflective striping on the front and back and LED lighting on the front!

All in all, my first run back was great.  I was happy to be back at running, I was smiling during most of my run.  My knee is aching again (one of the issues that caused me to take a break in the first place) but hoping more stretching and perhaps strengthening exercises will help.
Enjoy the Run!
Yvonne
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