If you haven’t tipped to this yet I will come right out and say it , I am building a resolutions list. I think that new years resolutions are a little hokey but I also think I made a goal last year of being a size 8 and tout fini , I am a size 8. Now I want to do more. I want to continue and strive for more and more. Get better and better. I want to run a marathon but I think that I will save that one for 2015 my next 0 year! For 2014 I just want to run. I want to learn how to run. What makes it fun or not fun . Maybe at the end I will learn to run and decide that it is not for me. I know one of my first obstacles will be finding a sports bra so that I don’t look like a slow motion scene from ” Tomb Raider”. So for my fellow Wanna-runners I have these tips ;
♦Don’t focus on speed
♦Don’t compare yourself to others; run within yourself and for yourself first
♦Know your limits and listen to your body
♦Cotton socks will only lead to blisters; invest in socks designed for running.
♦Ladies, do not skimp on a bra. Even if it costs more than your shoes it’s still a bargain.
♦Wear spandex shorts under your regular shorts so you don’t chafe “down there.”
♦Buy clothes you look good in and that will motivate you to go out.
♦Conscientiously share the trail with walkers, bikers and other runners.
♦Remember that you will have plateaus in your progress and tough days along the way.
♦It gets easier.
♦Accept and appreciate the fact that not every single run can be a good one.
♦Be prepared to remove the words “can’t” and “never” from your vocabulary.
♦Don’t expect every run to be better than the last one; some of them will hurt.
♦Don’t think too much about it or you won’t do it.
♦Even a bad run is better then no run at all.
♦Start a running blog and read other running blogs regularly.
♦Hydrate. Make it a habit to drink water throughout the day.
♦Run a route where there’s a corner store that you can use as a pit stop to pick up your water and maybe use the bathroom.
♦Avoid eating spicy foods the night before your runs.
♦To aid recovery the most crucial time to eat and drink is in the hour immediately after you run.
♦Use Vaseline or BodyGlide wherever things rub. They will help prevent blisters and chafing
♦Log your mileage for your legs and your Shoes. Too much on either will cause you injury.
♦Ice aches and pains immediately.
♦Pay attention to your form. Try to run lightly to minimize impact that could lead to injury.
♦Neosporin (or another antibiotic cream) is good for chafed areas (if you didn’t use your BodyGlide!).
♦Make sure you cut your toenails short enough so they don’t jam into your Shoes!
♦Be careful about running on paths that force you to run consistently on a slant. It’s hard on the hips knees and IT bands.
♦Don’t stretch before a run. Warm up by walking briskly or jogging slowly for several minutes.
♦Do not ice for more than 20 minutes at a time.
♦Be aware of cyclists approaching you from behind and try to keep to the right. Try to pay special attention when running with music.
♦Run facing traffic.
♦Never assume a car sees you.
♦Always carry I.D. because you just never know.
♦Try shoes on in the afternoon when your feet are bigger.
♦Doubleknot your shoe laces so they will not come undone when you run.
♦Buy yourself some actual running shoes from an actual running store because running in junk “sneakers” will destroy your feet and your legs.
♦Get assessed for the right kind of running shoes.
♦If you are breathing too hard slow down or walk a bit until you feel comfortable again.
♦Pick your route close to home (out your front door)—the more convenient it is the better chance you will have sticking with it.
♦Set realistic short term and long term goals.
♦Soreness one to two days after a run is normal (delayed onset muscle soreness).
♦No amount of money spent on gadget training programs or funny food can substitute for minutes, hours, days and weeks on the road.
♦There’s no shame in walking.
via Training Tips.
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- Fit Tips: Choosing the Right Running Shoes for your Feet (projectblissful.com)
- Running shoes without laces (ask.metafilter.com)
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- Behind The Clown Shoe That’s Changing Minimalist Running (wonderfultips.wordpress.com)
- Review: SKORA Form Running Shoes (theruncommuter.com)
- 11 Greatest Running Tips And Tricks (lifehack.org)
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- 5 Places Where You Can Donate Running Shoes (washingtonian.com)
- Running Shoe Ads Drive Me Batty (theyawningbean.wordpress.com)