A beginner runner’s journey… you are there, right?
Alternately titled: Things You Should Know Before You Start Running
If You Don’t Know These Things Before You Start Running You Could Be In A Painful Heap In Just 2 Days
wait… those would be way too long for blog post titles…
but they would work.
There really is a journey to running. The learning curve is massive.
Running looks deceptively simple but it is realistically quite complicated. There is just so. much. to. learn.
Your body will protest.
Your mind will want to quit.
You will need cheerleaders.
You will need information.
I started running using the #C25K app.
In August, I dug in and put all those hotel fitness centers to work. I had some running shoes, a few pieces of workout wear and some music on my phone. That’s about all I knew at the beginning.
I completed the first 5 weeks of the program really strong. I felt like the #C25K program was an incredible way to start running from scratch.
After a severely sprained ankle, weeks of recovery, a touch and go few months of running, a sore hip, some knee pain, muscle issues…
(Yes. I’ve had all that since August)
Even after that list of complications… there are a few things I’ve learned about being a beginner runner.
1. Get a partner. Jeremy ran with me and it forced me to keep it real and stick to the plan. No quitting.
2. No Quitting. Did I say that already? Really, keep going. no matter what.
3. Find the right shoes. Go to a store, ask a runner… find out what kind of shoes you should have and don’t be afraid to spend some money.
4. Find the right clothes. Nothing is worse than running with uncomfortable clothing. Not all comfy clothes will work for running either. Real running clothes is not a gimmick… they were created for a reason.
5. Get Techy. Apps, music, headphones, arm bands… you will need them all.
6. Strength Train. Sprained ankles, sore muscles, hip pain, knee pain… so much of this can be prevented by a little strength training each week.
7. Take Breaks. You can’t run every day and expect to stay injury free. Let your body recoup the way it needs to do. If your running plan says rest? REST.
8. Find the Right Place. I LOVE running on trails outside. Wayyy less boring than running inside. I did sprain my ankle on a trail… trail running is slightly more dangerous and a little more challenging but I love it. Really, running outside is perfect. But, a treadmill will work too.
9. Get Healthy. Drink water, cut out things you know you should cut out. Running is hard on your body and you need to be eating full, healthy, protein strong meals.
10. Give Yourself TIME. Becoming a runner takes time. Your body needs to adjust to your new way of working out.
11. Get all the information you can. Read about running. Read about training. Ask questions. Talk to other runners. Be informed.
I’m in November now and my body is STILL adjusting to running.
I can run a solid 30 minutes now and turn out 2 and a half miles.
I’m still in the aches and pains of training. I’m still having to fight through the final 11-12 minutes. I’m still praying it gets easier.
With not being able to run outside all the time like I could in the summer, I’m trying to push through running indoors.
I’m trying to push through sore muscles and aching joints as my body toughens up.
But this is my running journey so far…
Are you a runner? What have you learned?
Are you NOT a runner? Would you ever try?