Running, running, running… Where do I start???
Ok, here we go. Lol!
In the short year that I decided to seriously take on running, it quickly became a passion of mine. I think all runners can agree that running is addictive. Running is also as challenging as it is simple.
Running is simple in the fact that it does not take much to start. All you really need to get started are:
- The will & purpose: There is no denying the fact that you have to want to run in order to to run. My father tried to get me running at an early age, but I had no interest whatsoever, so it never meant much to me, nor did I take it serious. Needless to say I didn’t get too far. For anything you do in life you need a purpose, especially if you’re taking up a new activity. You will experience highs and lows, more lows than highs at the beginning of your journey. Without the purpose, you will quickly give up as soon as you hit your first low. You really need to ask yourself what is your reason for doing it. Do you want to run 5k, 10k, half marathons, marathons? Are you just running for weight loss? Either way, find your purpose.
- Running clothes. Regular everyday clothes won’t do the trick. You’ll need clothes you’ll feel comfortable running in. There are plenty of sports clothing stores where you can find comfortable running attire. Steer clear of cotton material.
- A good pair of running shoes. Don’t just go to any store and pick up any shoes. Cute shoes does not mean they will do the trick. You need, good, comfortable running shoes. My advice (you’ll hear this from every runner: “Go to a specialty store and get fitted for running shoes”. You will need shoes that fit your style of running. Some people need more cushion, more stability than others. Getting the right pair of running shoes will keep you from lots of injuries. (I had to learn the hard way).
- A good bra. You need a bra that will hold your girls in place and keep them from bouncing. It is the worst feeling to have your boobs bouncing up and down as you are running. I struggled for a while before finding sports bras that work for me. They can be a bit pricey, but so worth it.
- A good playlist. Music will help you as you are running especially when you are going the distance. Music helps keep your mind away from the task at hand and helps you stay focused. You need to chose the type of music that speaks to you, everyone is different. There are several apps that you can use. I like Spotify, I just discovered Fit Radio. These require a small investment that I think is totally worth it. You can also use pandora if you want something that won’t cost (personally, I don’t like pandora for running) or just use your music library stored on your phone. Of course there are plenty more music outlets that you can you use. Do your research, you will find what works for you
- Good headphones/earphones. I only use the earphones that came with my iPhone because they fit my ears properly, but you might find that some other kind of headphones/earphones work best for you.
Running will also challenge you in every way possible. Running will challenge you physically (shin splints, cramps, stress fractures). Running will challenge your mind (you will experience days when you won’t want to run. You will question and doubt yourself) There will be days that the smallest inconvenience like a few drops of rain will make you want to reschedule your run. There will be days you will want to stay in bed with some popcorn and want nothing to do with running. When these moments come, just know that it happens to the best of us and that it’s ok. Just shake it off, take some time off if you need to, but don’t give up. You have to keep going.
I could go on on on about it, but I don’t want to bore you just yet. I talk more about my runs on the blog, so make sure to make a stop there if you’d like to know more.
In the meantime, Lace up, and join me on this beautiful journey and let’s count the miles together!
Here are few posts from the blog about my running.
- Running my first 5k
- Running in the rain
- Running Plan
- Slow & Steady Progress
- Falling in Love with running