Things to Know

So, despite the collective knowledge that exists on the subjects of running and fitness in general, this is largely an experiment in trial and error.  So let’s get learned.

  • Running socks exist.  Buy them.
  • Blisters happen.  Don’t pop them.  Do buy the expensive BandAids.
  • Fruit leather is an EASY pre-run snack.  As are figs.
  • If it hurts, stop running that way.  Fix your stride, adjust your shoes, whatever.
  • REST.  You need it.  I find that designating one specific day (Friday) each week gives me some structure (and the energy for a longer run the next morning).  If I’m running outside, I allow the weather to determine the other day.  If I don’t rest at least two days per week, my running suffers.
  • Every time you run a new distance/length of time/complete a previously untested Feat of Strength, celebrate as if you’ve won the Olympic Marathon.  You’ve worked hard to get to that point, and EVERYTHING is an accomplishment.
  • Eat enough protein.  That chemical smell in your breath or the ammonia-odor that emanates from your body in the shower?  Means your body is eating your muscles instead of your fat.  No bueno.
  • Invest in some good hot-cold packs.  Ice is always an obvious choice, but I’ve found that heat is the magic cure-all to most of my running-related pain.
  • 10 minutes of ab work a day and a yoga session once a week will solve most of your problems.
  • Learn how to time the clipping of your toenails.  It may seem mundane, but you WILL notice.
  • If you’re going to go get a pedicure, make sure they don’t go anywhere near your callouses with the stone.
  • Get fitted for running shoes by someone who knows what they’re doing.  Your back, legs, ankles and feet will all thank you.
  • Follow your training plan.  If you’re running a race where under-training is going to be beneficial, assume that has already been written into the plan.
  • Don’t skip your runs!  Unless your excuse is I am unable to walk, then quite honestly, it’s not good enough.  The wine/reality tv/slice of pie/blanket nest on your bed will still be there when you’re done.
  • If you don’t take a good crap on race morning before you get to the start line, start praying.
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3 responses to “Things to Know

  1. I have always wanted to be a runner. I want to love it. I don’t, but periodically I get a burr up my hiney when I’m walking, and I start to run. Crazy.

  2. Oh how far I have come in nearly a year to the day!! Totally dying reading this. I needed that! You’ll be happy to know that my mileage hasn’t suffered with this cold-turning-into-worse. Not only did I sweat it out and run yesterday per Kat, I did a 2 mile cool down walk with a friend after. Then I collapsed. Today I apologetically rocked the blanket burrito and nary moved from the couch. It’s all about balance. 😉

  3. Great running tips!

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