Tips for Runners

I’m not sure if this happens to everyone, but I have anxiety and I’m not the most confident all the time. So to suck it up – I’m a runner, and I need to run. I struggle with getting out on the road sometimes. I think things like “I’m not good enough yet…” That is EXACTLY the same as when people think they have to be good at yoga to go to a yoga class, but they are the ones who should be going to the yoga class!

In my head, I know I can go running outside and it’ll be fine. No one will judge me or tell me to get out of their neighborhood or anything. I also know I’m nowhere near my goals for one, but I fear that people will know how much I’m struggling to breathe, that my legs are on fire, that my feet hurt – every battle I’m fighting. BUT I have to keep reminding myself that every time I go for any distance of a run I know people are jealous of my commitment, determination, and the fact that I’m doing it.

So I’ve compiled a list of tips to help you get out there. We all have to support each other! Run on, friends:)

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  • Get fitted and find the right shoe
  • Running socks!! They have pads in the heels – my fave is Feetures
  • Track your mileage – donate your shoes when your feet start to get blisters or feel achy
  • Dress for 10 degrees warmer than it actually is outside
  • Body Glide to prevent chaing – they have so many different products that moisturize while they protect! Body Glide is made with skin nourishing vitamins, from plant based ingredients, vegan approved and not tested on animals.
  • JUST GET OUT THERE! Walking and setting small goals is a perfect way to get into a routine and it is manageable.
  • At the beginning, run for minutes, not miles
  • It’s good to unplug sometimes (I always cheat and map my route distance – mainly because I know I would get lost if I didn’t!)
  • Run at a pace that you would be able to chat with a friend
  • Speedwork, hills, and interval training are key in improvements. Fartlek, y’all!
  • Cross train!! Be a good, all-around athlete
  • Dynamic warmups, everyone. Static stretching = injuries.
  • Stretch afterward. You’ll be warmed up so it’ll be more impressive
  • Plan your runs. when, where, and how long they’ll be.
  • Keep a training log. Include food/drink, sleep, run, xtrain.
  • Build mileage gradually – be careful with yourself
  • Make a running playlist!
  • Running mantra. Mantras keep me going! I’m not sure why, but mine is always ‘Goonies never say die!’ and it helps.
  • Relax your muscles – stop clenching
  • HYDRATE
  • Switch up your routine
  • Always let someone know what you’re doing <running>, your route <that one park>, and when you expect to be back <17 hours>.
  • Be safe on the road – self protectant, reflections, flashlights, etc.
  • On your left! Passing rules apply
  • Carry your Phone & ID
  • Run against traffic, except on blind corners
  • Make sure drivers see you before crossing
  • Visualize your success!
  • Listen to your body – Ain’t nobody got time for injuries!
  • And finally, running is not bad for your knees!

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