Back to school is in full swing and while I’m no longer in school, I often reflect on my own back to school memories. To be honest, they were always bittersweet. I relished in the joy of going to Staples and Sanrio store to buy all my supplies especially my favorite pencils and pencil boxes. However one of the things I dreaded to do was going shopping for clothes.
I vividly remember trying on clothes in the fitting room of Mervyn’s while my mom waited outside, and I would just cry because things didn’t fit or they didn’t fit how I wanted them. I felt that all the pretty clothes were not for me, since they didn’t come in my size. This was a typical experience for me most of my adult life as well. Longing to fit into really cute clothes and them not being in my size. I occasionally tried diets, but those were never for me, and early on I knew that it’s the lifestyle that needs to change. I clearly wasn’t ready for those changes to happen. Fast forward to 40, with two little boys that depend of me and my wellbeing, I decided to start running. I run for them, for me and for an array of reasons. I share a little more about to my journey here.
Getting started might feel daunting, but it really isn’t. Here are some running tips that I used to prepare and get started.
1. Download a Running App
There are many options available, however I personally love the Nike Running Club App. I love it for several reasons. First, it’s FREE! Second, it syncs great with my Apple Watch. Third, I like how the user interface is nice and smooth. You can add friends and create challenges to uplift and encourage each other to keep going. But, by far my favorite part are the guided runs, especially those by Coach Bennett. To me he has been super motivating and inspiring when I am out there running by myself. There are days when you just want to quit and think you are doing too much or not enough and the guides are extremely supportive. I’ve yelled out affirmations and cried during my runs. I would also download the Nike Training App, as it has useful tips to stretch and workout in between runs. We also have a training plan that you can check out here.
2. Download FootPath App
FootPath Route Planner is hands down a game changer in pushing your runs and changing the routine. You can plan out a run and make sure you are going to get the miles you want and know the elevation ahead of time. It’s amazing, for runs, hikes, walks and anything really. This app comes especially handy in more larger city areas where you may want to map out your run in advance and avoid busier intersections.
3. The Right Gear
- Invest in shoes: This is probably the hardest part because it will hit your pocket, but trust me when I tell you, having the right shoe will make a huge difference and protect you from potentially injuring yourself. I was recently fitted, and was told the exact kind of shoe that was best for my feet given my walk, arch, length and width. I was running with lifestyle running shoes that I love, but were starting to hurt and I knew that if I wanted to continue running I needed to invest in a pair. High price can be around $130.00, but there are deals everywhere. The closest running shop is in Brea, A Snail’s Pace. They provided the best customer service. You can make an appointment and they will guide you through the entire process, take 3D scans of your feet, your walk and video your feet while you run. It’s very thorough. They are also following all safety social distancing guidelines and only allow 4 people at a time to their shop and everyone wears masks.
- Invest in a hat: With this heat, it is important to protect yourself from the elements. I am currently using a visor style hat, because I still want to sport my mom bun!
- The right clothing: Shorts, pants and tops that have wicking material to help with sweat control is super important.
- Headphones: Some kind of earbuds, headphones to listen to your guide and music.
- Sunglasses: It’s recommended to wear them, but because I wear prescription glasses, this is something I have not invested in yet.
These are extra things that I carry:
- A mask just in case I come across close contact with people or have an emergency
- I carry my ID
- Hydration Belt: This is where I keep a chilled water bottle, cell phone and all the stuff mentioned.
Now that you have an idea of the things that will be helpful to have, know your body and never over do it. Start easy and give yourself grace. I worked myself up to running four times a week. I don’t always run as fast or as much as I want, but I still run and I celebrate that. I make sure that I give myself rest days. So I usually run Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. This works for my family and me, so always consider what works for you. I make sure that I surround myself with as much positive energy as I can. I’ve realized now that when I don’t run my body feels like and wants it. Running has become something that I hope to continue for the rest of my life as I want to model a healthy lifestyle that involves being active, not based around weight, but rather energy and health.
Trust your gut and get out there, because starting is the first step, literally.
Let me know in the comments if you have more questions and suggestions or if these running tips helped, as I am always ready to learn from my fellow runners!