Let’s Get Active: Running

So…I have started running…like officially! If you saw my Austin post you will know it all started in a hotel gym where I just “tried” to run. And, as it turns out I didn’t hate it.

When I came back from Austin I started to research what would be the best way to get into running. Especially, for someone who had never run before…0% running happening here! I mean, I had a joke that if I was running you should be too! The only reason I would be running is if there were zombies, a natural disaster, murderers…you can see where I am going here.

So, I basically started from scratch. With a little help from the internet and a friend πŸ™‚ who runs half marathons, I got a plan together with the goal of running a 5K.

Based on my research I decided to go with the C25K Program. C25K (Couch 2 5K) is a free program that has an app that you can download on your phone. The program is 8 weeks. You run 3 times a week and each week your time/distance increases. Here are examples of the first 3 weeks:

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The app is really nice because as you go it tells you when to start/stop and run/walk. You don’t need to keep track of anything. Also, you can layer your music on top of the app so you have something to listen to while you run.

I am currently halfway through the program. I will make sure to update everyone when I finally get to the end. Also, if you want to keep up with my progress I usually post an update on Instagram once a week.

Over the past 4 weeks, I have learned quite a bit about running…and I am sure I will continue to learn more, but here are the top 7 things I have learned so far:

1. Get a good pair of shoes! I went to my local running shop Charm City Run to get fitted. The process with pretty simple. I ran on the treadmill while pictures were taken of my feet. Turns out, when I run my feet are slightly overpronated. From there, we tried on a couple different pairs of shoes until I found the ones I liked. Here are the beauties!

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2. Get a good sports bra!Β Ladies…no matter what kind of boobs you have they are going to bounce around when you run…sorry to be blunt, but it’s true! I found this SYROKAN sports bra on Amazon and fell in love. Everything stays exactly where it needs to be!

3. Get some Bluetooth headphones and some good tunes! I tried to run with my regular Apple earbuds…and they were everywhere except for in my ears. Also, the cord just gets in the way. I got these inexpensive Otium Headphones. They come with a charging cable and carrying case and the battery life lasts forever. Also, because of the ear hooks, they stay in place throughout my whole run.

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4. Get a running belt! You can call it a fanny pack all you want…but I prefer to call it a running belt haha! I like the belt better than an armband because it doesn’t seem to move around as much. It’s big enough to fit my phone and a key and that is all I need! Here is the one I have!

5. Find different running routes! To keep things interesting I have been changing up my scenery with almost every run. I have run near my house, I have run at the beach, I have run at my local park. The constant change keeps me from thinking about what I am doing too much! Plus, I get to appreciate the natural beauty around me a lot more!

6. Use a Fitbit (or another tracking device!) Even though I am using the C25K app I still like to use my Fitbit. The Fitbit gives me my step count, calories burned, and a GPS map of where I ran. In the end, I really like to physically see the distance because I usually go further than I think I can.

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7. Up your mental game! I am up to running 5 minutes at a time and trust me that is a long time if you have never done it before. I know that ultimately, I will have to run for around 30 minutes to do a 5K, but I try not to think about that. I concentrate on what I need to do right now…and that is 5-minute intervals. I use a lot of positive self-talk to get me through. I probably sound insane toward the end of some of these workouts. Out loud I am saying things like “You can do this!” “Come on, you’re almost done!” “It’s only 5 minutes!” “You can walk after this!” No matter how slow I go, I always make sure to run the full interval. If I can run when I am supposed to run I call that workout a success!

And that is it! My running journey so far! Are any of you interested in starting to run? Are you already a runner and have any other tips/tricks? I would love to hear from you in the comments…I will take all the help I can get πŸ™‚

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7 thoughts on “Let’s Get Active: Running

  1. Thanks for sharing all those tips! The link for the running belt doesn’t seem to be working…can you repost it here in the comments? I’m in Week 3 of C25k – this is actually my 3rd time doing it…I’ve stopped and started running several times in the last 4 years πŸ˜‰

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    • Thanks for the heads up on the link! I have updated it in the post, but here it is as well. https://www.amazon.com/Gear-Beast-Hydration-Adjustable-Including/dp/B073DL34KK/ref=sr_1_16?m=A3IOU7TBTL62TF&s=merchant-items&ie=UTF8&qid=1528720542&sr=1-16

      I think the color that I have may have been discontinued and that is why the link stopped working. Good luck on trying C25K again! I am starting week 5 today…and I am not looking forward to running for 8 minutes! But, I just take it at my own pace and try to work through it. I really need to figure out my mental game, because that is what always gets me!

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      • Thanks for the updated link! I currently use FlipBelt so I wanted to see if what you’re using might work better. I think I’ll stick with the FlipBelt, it holds stuff all the way around and it doesn’t move when I run…it’s a bit more expensive though at $25-30.

        Good luck on week 5!!! I’ve just recently found that listening to podcasts distracts my mind much better than listening to music. I get engrossed in the dialog and that keeps me from focusing on how far I have yet to go. I’m currently listing to Half Size Me from Heather Robertson.

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