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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

Shoes, shoes shoes!!

Good Evening Fellow New Runners!

Today is day 8 of the fitness blog challenge and the question is posed: how many pairs of workout shoes do you own?  As a new runner, I only have 1 pair of running sneakers.  I haven’t been running long enough to get a good stash of sneakers going, but don’t worry, it is on my to-do list!  (Cue my husband’s groans…)

When I started running, I bought a trusty pair of Asics Gel-Nimbus.  As someone who has worked out steadily and always enjoyed walking, I knew these were good shoes for me.  They did not disappoint.  The first 6-7 months of running, these puppies got me up, out and held up as I added on the miles.  I have learned they are a great neutral shoe so if that is what you need, I would highly recommend them!

Now I wear my trusty Asics as an everyday sneaker!

Now I wear my trusty Asics as an everyday sneaker!

After my gait analysis at the running store, I had to choose between two amazing shoes.  I went with the Saucony Glide.  These shoes are incredibly lightweight, comfy and best of all, support my entire body so well that running seems effortless!  They are so comfortable that after long runs or races I am not rushing to get out of my sneakers.  Rather, I keep them on and my feet are probably more comfortable than when I wear flip flops or sandals.  Plus…the colors…I have gotten so many compliments on them from fellow runners…while we are running!

Saucony's rock!

Saucony’s rock!

A few months ago, I found this article in Runner’s World confirming that rotating running shoes helps to prevent injury.  Remember I told you I had to choose between two amazing shoes?  The other pair, that I did not select I will be purchasing very soon.  After all, I don’t want to get injured!  They are the Brooks Adrenaline.  My heavens those shoes were comfy, cushy and very easy to run in!  I went with the Saucony’s because of how lightweight they are, but I struggled with the decision.  I am looking forward to buying the Brooks soon and reporting back how they compare to the amazing Saucony’s!

Soon you will be mine!!

Soon you will be mine!!

(photo source: Brooks.com)

So there you have it.  For a girl that wears her running shoes more often than any other pair of shoe, I don’t have many at all!  Don’t worry, I will rectify this situation in the very near future (husband just sighs knowing yet another trip to the running store is in his future)

Enjoy the Run!

Yvonne

Sneakers for me, just the sneakers

Good Afternoon Fellow New Runners!

One of the rites of becoming a runner is going to the running store for new sneakers.  This is one of the ways you know you are a runner, when you see the running store and you get excited.  Walking in and looking around and you think

This is me at my local running store.

This is me at my local running store.

A few months ago, I was super excited to take this right of passage.  I went to a highly reputable running store where they put me through the paces.  They measured how I stand and where my pressure points are.  They had me run on a treadmill so they could see my gait.  I felt so cool!  They brought out shoes and orthotics for me to try out and buy. I had never needed an orthotic before, but thought, hey I am a runner now, I guess I need this!   I tried them out and picked the shoes I liked.

Now here is where the problems began. I took them out for my first run and the first few minutes felt great!  However after that run, and every subsequent run in those shoes, I had pains in my feet, in my legs, in my hips.  Never in my life have I had sustained pain (shooting pain at one point) after running until then.  I went back to the store, tried a different pair.  Same issue.  Went back again and tried a different pair and different orthotic.  Same problems.

Finally I had enough.  I had just met a group of runners and luckily they have a Facebook page.  I posted to the group about my issues.  They all came back to me with the same answer.  A member of the running group worked at a different running store.  Go see her.  So, I did.  We did the exact same measurements and gait analysis.  And guess what, the shoes she recommended were the exact same shoes the original store suggested.  The one difference?  No orthotic.  She told me that some stores try to bundle the shoes and orthotics into every sale.  This simple “add on” for the store caused me lots of pain and lost running time and cost that particular store a customer for life.

So, for all my new running friends here is what I learned from my first running shoe experience:

1. Go to a reputable running store for proper analysis.

2. Listen to your body.  If something isn’t right make a change immediately.  I didn’t and suffered for weeks.

3. Make sure you know the store’s return policy.  Most stores will let you bring shoes back to trade in, but only if they are in excellent condition and within a specific time frame.

4. If you’ve never needed an orthotic before, try running only in the new shoes first.  Don’t fall into my trap of assuming you need one, you may not!

5. Ask fellow runners for suggestions on where to buy running supplies.  Your fellow runners will rarely steer you wrong!

Enjoy the Run!

Yvonne

Question: have you ever had problems with your running gear?