Distance running tips for the weak

Lol I’m not sure about the title for this posting but whatever! Let me start by saying that when I started my running journey only a year ago I could barely run for 2km strait. No joke. In highschool I was called fat and now I’m still not exactly small…let’s call me ATHLETIC looking(it’s true, I promise). My point is nobody in my past would ever imagine that I have started running.

After a lot of whinning, self pity, anger, muscle cramps and warm showers, I’m happy and quite surprised to tell you that I have run a 10km race and have trained for a half marathon! 🏁πŸ’ͺ

By no means do I have a “runners body” and although I played competitive ice hockey growing up – distance running is MUCH DIFFERENT.

“How did you start?” is the most common question people ask. “How?!” These are some questions I want to answer for those of you who have asked me these questions, those people who are just getting into running or quite frankly never want to run a day in their lives but are interested!

1. What do I need to buy?

For me I was not prepared to spend a lot of $$ at first because I didn’t even know if I would keep running. I started running with super cheap Under Armour running shoes. They cost $60 and they did not have a lot of support. I think this is FINE because I was not running much distance. I didn’t know any better! Now I wear expensive Asics that I adore and worship but I didn’t buy them until I was running about 8km strait.

If you are a girl, I’m going to help you out. Don’t buy Lululemon running tights…just don’t. They are expensive, and quite frankly they don’t stay up. I bought mine from Running Room and I highly suggest going to a running specific shop for PANTS and eventually shoes if you get to be running further distances!

Also sports bras are important if you have boobies. I have pretty small boobs so I bought this bra and have managed quite well if you ask me.

After a few weeks of running around with my phone in my hand, I opted to buy a small ipod for music. I personally need music when I run or else I get bored and walk home(lol).

2. How do you motivate yourself?

Honestly? My one piece of advice is GET YOUR BUM OUT THE DOOR, this is the hardest part. Trust me I could make up 881 excuses as to why I need to stay home…dinner to cook, prep for work, oh the floor needs sweeping…yikes that drawer needs organizing. CUT THE SH*T and leave the house. Just go! Once I’m out the door, I’m good to go…it’s just getting there that’s the tough part!

One of my biggest fears and best excuses to NOT run is visibility. I’m terrified that a car will run me over and I’ll never get to eat chocolate and wine again. Lol seriously it’s a fear. With this in mind I ordered a Noxgear Tracer 360 vest which I am ESCATIC to receive. Check out the website, they seem pretty fantastic. I currently just run with a headlamp so this flashy vest is going to be amazing. I’ll be sure to do a review once I do receive it!

ANYWAY that’s all for now…I’m proud of myself and you should all be proud of me too ;). If you are getting into running or even exercise I WANNA CHAT! I want to hear more questions from all of you! Thanks for reading xox 🐼🍷

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