My Running Tips for Beginners

Happy Friday everyone!

I usually write up a Food Friday post, like these:

But today, I wanted to do a Fitness Friday! While I was running yesterday, I kept thinking of tips I would share with beginners in the world of running. I wish I would have been told a lot of these…I had to learn the hard way.

So here we go!

1. Before you do anything! Go to a local store that will find the perfect shoe for your foot!

           Examples: Fleet Feet, Trak Shak, Dick’s Sporting Goods

2. Watch pros run (use youtube, go to a race, group runs) and check out their form.

           When I first started running, I would sway, run on my heels, not keep my landing in line (which ended up hurting my hips), would lean backwards, would be really tensed up without realizing.

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3. Don’t start running with music

           I started running with music and it messed me all up! Because of listening to music, I couldn’t hear how I was breathing, I had  to rely on it to get me going and to pump me up. That’s just the wrong way to go! In my opinion, music listeners are not going to become tough runners. Get rid of the music for a while! (I haven’t ran with music in 2 years)

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4. You want to be tough!

          If you are thinking of running long term, for whatever reason (weight loss, hobby, for fun, to tone up) it’s ten times better to be a mentally and physically tough runner than a softie. A softie is going to want to stop every 3 minutes, cry when its too hot, quit when there’s mud puddle, give up when you get a little tired…You can’t really achieve a goal if this is the case for 90% of your runs.

           Yes, we all have our bad days but you gotta face facts. Push through! The faster you make yourself tough instead of holding it off, the more your future self will thank you!

5. Endurance is better than speed

         Start with building that endurance. Build up to where you can run 1 mile without stopping, 2 miles, 3 miles, 4 miles, 5 miles…etc. Once you can start running multiple distances without stopping then you can start worrying about your speed.

          Example Speed Workout:

        – 1 mile warmup, 4X800m repeats, 5X200m repeats, 1 mile cooldown.

        – 1 mile warmup, 3-5X1000m repeats, 4X200m repeats, 1 mile cooldown

*800m repeats should be run at 5k pace, 200m repeats should be close to a full sprint

6. Fuel Right!

         Don’t eat crap before a run. Or after! Anything sugary, heavy, or hard to digest is not going to be your best friend before those miles. Instead, try eating a little oatmeal, a protein pancake, a kashi waffle, a bowl of cheerios, a banana with almond butter, before you run. During your run, sip on water. After a hard run, hydrate with Coconut Water.

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7. Run hills but don’t make decisions while running up them!

           I used to not understand how strides, hill repeats, and running hilly courses were for a runner. First, it makes you mentally tough! It makes those calves, booty, & quads so much more strong. After you start incorporating hills a couple times a week, you will notice a huge difference. Believe me!

           Examples: I try to have one 5-8 mile run that has lots of hills for me to run.

          Once a week, I will perform hill repeats (6-8) on a not too steep hill around 150 meters or so. Run it fast and hard.

tumblr_m4707muFQX1qzol258. Stretch, Stretch, STRETCH!!!

       Obviously, you should stretch. Dynamic stretching before or after a 1 mile warmup, then static stretching for 5-10 minutes after your run. MAKE TIME FOR IT. Or you might regret it down the road.

9. Join a running club!

         Seriously, after I started running with people (especially those long runs) it made every thing easier for me. I realize on runs by myself that these people I run with, run by themselves as well and have to push through just like I am. So, really I’m not alone! Plus it’s a ton of fun getting to know other runners. You’ll learn so much, exchange funny stories, and have a blast getting sweaty. Who would’ve thought that?!

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^^^I’m in the long sleeve bright blue shirt ^^^

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I have a ton of running tips, but these are just the few I wish someone would have told me when I started out! Seriously…

I started running in 2007-2008 and I was horrible! I cringe just thinking about it. I suffered the worst shin splits ever too (mostly because of my shoes) and had plantar fascitis for half a year because I didn’t know I needed a stability shoe. Running looks like it can be easy…but really, if you don’t take precaution first, you’ll end up hating it.

If you are a beginning runner, I hope you find these helpful!

Questions:

  • Did anyone give you tips when you first started running?
  • What’s your number one tip to a beginning runner?
  • Do you focus on endurance rather than speed or speed rather than endurance?
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Running with Newton

Happy Thursday!

Is it really Thursday? This week has gone by so fast!

Anyway, using Random.org, the winner of my Sweaty Bands Headband giveaway is…

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Bree

September 9, 2013 at 10:37 am (Edit)

My favorite fall dish is probably pumpkin cupcakes with cream cheese icing. Does that count as a dish exactly? Oh well, it’s delicious!

YAY!

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Last night, I got to run with Newton Running…well, kinda!

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I tried on the shoes they were testing out, and personally, they did not feel good on my feet. I wasn’t a fan of the Energy. Don’t get me wrong, I bet it’s a great shoe! But on my foot I just didn’t like it.

Thank you, Josh, who came out to Trak Shak in Homewood to let us take a look!

My mom and dad tried on the Gravity (neutral shoe) and they liked it so they ran 5 miles in that.

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I ran 5 miles in my own shoes. BOO!

I ran very well though with the heat, so pretty proud of myself.

I was running 8:45 pace after the 1 mile and felt awesome and right before the 2.5 mile water stop, I was just so HOT, so slowed down a bit! Alabama heat <<<<

Tried to keep a 9 min pace but I kept slowing down, getting faster, slowing down…so it was just messy. But I only stopped once (the water stop)! Building up that endurance for half marathon, baby!

When I got back from my run though, I did try on the Newton Motion, which I really liked! Wish they would have had a pair for me to test out. I’ve been wanting to try Newton Running shoes for a while and the Motion has been in the back of my mind.

I need this shoe for my upcoming Fall races. I would love to be able to share my experience with the shoe with you all.

You bet I stopped at O’Henry’s to get an iced coffee! With almond milk! Thank you for having Almond Milk.

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If you live in Birmingham, O’Henry’s will have their Pumpkin Spice Lattes out September 18, next Tuesday! They tweeted @ me! Hehe

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@AudreyRuns September 18th is the day!!!

And they have their own Pumpkin Spice coffee you can buy! The lady working told me it was delicious!

Bye Runners!

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By the way, I’m not taking a picture of the car…but of the people at Trak Shak in the distance. Smile If you squint really hard, you can see them. Most of them were sitting.

Oh, and had another Beet & Feta sandwich when I got home…

YUM!

Have a great Thursday!

Questions:

  • Do you run in Newton’s? If not, what shoe do you run in?
  • Favorite drink at a local Coffee shop? (I love O’Henry’s Chai Tea Latte!)