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 🙂 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:
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!
2. Get a good sports bra! 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.
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.
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 🙂