This isn't a post about my resolutions, I'm actually going to wait for my resolution post, it'll probably come in February since I don't really know how realistic my resolutions will be. Meaning: I don't know what living in Germany is going to be like so I don't know how much running is going to be possible. I'm going to be running no matter what but weather, where we end up living and possible deployments for hubby will affect how grand my resolutions will be.
Anywho, today's post is about other people's resolutions, namely, non runners who have resolved to do a race or start running or just be more active this year. I decided to do this post because a lot of my friends IRL have asked me for advice on running and I thought this would be a good place to share that info.
So, here are some things that I wish I had known when I started running:
1) Keep your toenails trimmed, 9 out of 10 black toenails are from you toenails being too long and catching on the inside of your shoe. Yes, I made that statistic up but I'm sure if someone wanted to waste their money by doing a study it would be found true.
2) You don't have to pay for a training plan, there are tons of websites out there that offer free training plans for all different distances. I used this one when I first started running and learned a lot of stuff.
3) You can buy as much "junk" or as little as you want. The great thing about running is you really only need a pair of shoes (clothes are appreciated, but they don't have to be running specific).
4) Set goals, even if you're not a "goal setting" kind of person...and just saying "I want to run more" is a cop out. If you didn't run last year then running once is technically running more, set a real, attainable goal.
5) Tell people about your goal and if your goal is a race then sign up for it, possible embarrassment is a great motivator.
6) Don't do too much, too fast. If you've never ran before then you need to ease into it otherwise you risk getting injured or worse, burnt out.
7) It's going to be uncomfortable and that's okay, just stick with it and you'll start to crave that discomfort.
8) Listen to your body, if you think you're injured take a break and see your doctor. A lot of running injuries start small so it's good to tune in to your body.
9) Sometimes take the headphones off, you'd be amazed at how not-miserable it is running while unplugged.
10) Have fun. You're more likely to stick with running if you enjoy it so don't be too hard on yourself and just try to have a good time. You'd be amazed how much more fun you have running while wearing a tutu, just saying.
I really hope that was helpful to some of you newbies and I hope you find the same joy I did in running. If anybody else has some advice that they'd like to include just leave a comment. Happy New Year!
EDITED TO ADD:
11) Spandex can be your best friend, especially if you have thighs like mine and if spandex doesn't do the trick Body Glide can be a savior for chub rub...don't act like you don't have any chub.
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