Goal 2014: I wanna run

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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.

 

♦When trail running don’t forget the bug spray.

 

♦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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