So I’ve taken a little time away from the blog because I have some exciting changes coming soon! Amazing things happen when women support one another, and I have been collaborating with some WONDERFUL and talented creatives. (Good stuff COMING SOON)!
I also recently did a half-marathon, which had me dragging my feet for a few days afterwards. Like my friend says, “It’s not swag, it’s sore” LOL, and I was definitely sore and walking very swaggaliciously slow. These are a couple of things that helped me get from 5k to 13.1 in a matter of months. Let me know if you agree or have anything to add!
Get some running gear
If you want to start running, there are a lot of things that can help you. One of them is sneakers (pretty obvious). They should be running sneakers though, not walking sneakers, or cute sneakers, because they will cause the least injury to your ankle, shins, and legs, as they are designed to help you, your foot and everything else, have the support it needs. I was talking to my work friend yesterday, who is also a runner, and she just told me about these sneakers called Brooks, which are especially designed for running. According to her it feels like you’re “running on air.” SOLD! If you go to Road Runner Sports they will have you run on a tread mill, run barefoot, and measure you for the best personalized fit of these Brooks sneakers. I was like :-O whaaat? Very excited to go do that. Also, remember Sports Authority is (unfortunately) closing down nationwide and having crazy sales, so take advantage! I personally plan on getting myself a Garmin watch or a FitBit upgrade. If you don’t have a FitBit it is SUPER encouraging to have your friends cheer you on (or compete) as you rack up miles! Speaking of tech stuff…
Download helpful apps
There are several (FREE) apps that can help you run and keep track of your progress:
- Nike Running – tracks your runs and helps you reach your goals. It’s also the app that gives you the pretty maps when you run outdoors!
- FitBit – the app goes along with the device, but through the app you get to interact, create groups with your friends and family, and send messages to one another.
- Couch to 5K – This is a great app for beginner runners because it gives you a day to day, week to week break down of how to begin running and complete a 5k race (three miles).
Run with friends
When my friend (@yogi_runner, follow her on Instagram and Twitter) and I signed up for our first half marathon about a year ago, it was so much fun to motivate one another and make sure that we were getting the miles in. She likes running outdoors and I run on a treadmill (I know, I know, it’s like swimming in a bath tub, but I like it!) so it’s great comparing, giving each other tips, and just being a good support system for one another. We send each other pins on Pinterest and send each other articles on a regular basis so that we become better little by little and keep each other accountable. Her husband then joined in and we had another friend join us, and now there are four! Hopefully, the trend continues and we add more to the running crew!
Here are some helpful pins on my Running Board on Pinterest.
Make a playlist
I have been known to get to the gym, and turn back if I forget my headphones. THAT’s how much I need music to help me run. I have a pretty crazy playlist that everyone in my life has helped me with. Friends look at me and say, “This should be on your running playlist” which features songs from The White Stripes and Sia to Taylor Swift and Kanye (LOL). Another good idea, if you have music streaming services like Spotify and TIDAL, they have ready made playlists for running, which takes some of the leg work out 😛
My running friends all run faster than me. All that does is motivate me to be better, but it also doesn’t intimidate me. Here is a great article about running slowly and how it doesn’t matter! If you run slow, WHO CARES? You’re running right? You got off your a$$ and are doing something good for yourself, so it doesn’t matter how slow you go, just go!