Friday, January 7, 2011

It's That Time of Year

Resolution Time!

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!

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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FruitFly said...

I'll add something I learned after just 2 small runs!
The joy of spandex/lycra! Before I knew anything about what the pros run in, I experienced chaffing. One run is all it took! So I went to good ol' Wal-Mart and bought some Danskin lycra shorts for a whopping $7!

Now I wear all the running skirts I can get my hands on, but still to this day I've never experienced chaffing after that first bit!

Andrew Opala said...

I like 4 and 5. They were the most influential for my progress.

Shellyrm ~ just a country runner said...

I can't wait to see how running fits into life in Germany. Hubbs talks a lot about wanting to go there (He has military and govie friends who have been or are there now). What an exciting adventure!

Great tips! and spandex also just makes you feel firmer when you run. I love it!

Liz said...

Great tips! They're all so true. One of the things I wish I would have done in my running is to make friends with more experienced runners earlier. The running community is so embracing and runners LOVE to share advice, experiences, and training ideas.

Adrienne said...

I like #10! Always important to have fun or what's the point?

Eddie D said...

Well done! #9 is so true! When I first started running I was addicted to my iPod and couldn't run without it. Eventually I got to the point where I was able to run a Marathon without headphones! (And I set PR doing it!)

Melissa said...

Great list!! :)
Signing up for a race is the advice I always give new runners.

Shana said...

Love Body Glide.
Glad you mentioned it.
I always say, "My body glide has seen parts of me my obgyn hasn't."
(my underarms of course. sicky)

Mere said...

The Headphone comment is so true, one day I ran over 3 miles with my headphones in but off. I never realized it until I was finished running so I must have enjoyed it.

Oh and the toe nail issue for me is driving me crazy!

13point1miles said...

That is some seriously great advice! All of it is SO true!

Wifey said...

Great advice ... and statistics.

Winks & Smiles,