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Runday Funday


So you've decided to take up running?  Maybe you want to run your first 5k.  Maybe you want to get some exercise.  Maybe you want a new hobby.  Whatever your reasoning, you've decided to run.  Congrats!  At 22 I graduated college.  By that fall when I moved to a new state and started a new job I weighed 190 pounds.  On my five and a half foot frame, that was a lot.  I was uncomfortable in my own body and I knew that I wasn't healthy.  That's when I decided to do something.  I had taken up running as a hobby a few months prior, but landed myself in a walking boot with a stress fracture within a couple months.  Despite this previous trouble, I was determined to do this whole running thing again.  I added "Run a Half Marathon" to my Thirty Before Thirty Bucket List, and I learned a thing or two in the process.  I wanted to share some of those topics here. 

Running Shoes

If you read nothing else after this first thing, that's fine.  If you listen to nothing else but this, that's fine.  Here's the thing, if you're going to make running a regular thing you need to get the right shoes.  That means you need to buy running shoes.  Go to a store (if you're in Kansas City, might I suggest Run816) where they watch your stride then help you find the best shoes.  The first time I walked into a store like this was in Arkansas.  At the time, I was actually wearing a walking boot due to a stress fracture in my foot.  How did I get this injury?  Running.  Running with shoes that weren't supportive enough.  Here's the thing: if you're going to be serious about this, make sure you take care of your feet. 

Supplements

There is no magic pill to make you thinner or faster or better or stronger.  None.  I know that, and I hope that in reading this you know that too.  However, there are things that can enhance and support you in what you're doing.  I've been using AdvoCare products since I started on this running journey.  One of the biggest reasons is because they have so many different products for the different places I've been on this running journey.  From just starting out to training for and finishing a 12k - there's been something to help me with what I'm doing. 

A Training Plan

Regardless of what distance you're wanting to run, you need a plan.  The fastest way to land yourself with an injury is running too much too quickly too soon.  My favorite is the Zen Labs Couch to 5K App.  After I finished the 5K one, I went on to the 10K training app.  When I decide to run a half marathon, I'll be using the Zen Labs one for that too.  There are tons of apps and training plans out there - find the one that works for you. 

A Safety Plan

I love to run outside.  I use to prefer the treadmill, but now, I've come to love a good run outside on a perfect fall day.  It also makes it easier on race day when you have to run outside.  However, being a female meant I had to take safety into account.  After searching high and low, I've found the BEST app.  RoadID makes a fabulous app that allows you to share your running location with up to three people.  Additionally, if you don't change location for five minutes it will sound an alarm and alert those you have selected that something might be going on.  Best part?  It's free!

A Running Buddy

I somehow managed to convince my roommate to run.  So much so that she now convinced me to run a 5k each month this year.  Having someone to run with makes it more fun.  It also gives you someone to encourage and push you and someone who you can do the same for.  Plus, with just one running partner, you're that much closer to being able to form a team for a 5k. 

A Goal

Distance.  Speed.  Way you feel.  Your health.  Whatever it is.  Have a goal.  Nothing makes you feel like  hamster on a wheel faster than running on a treadmill without a goal.  Having a goal to work towards makes it all worth it. 

A Good Bra

If you don't have boobs, then this won't really matter to you, but do yourself a favor and invest in a good bra.  You don't have to spend a ton of money on one - my best, most supportive one came from the Target sale rack - but you should spend the time and effort to get a supportive one.  Your back, and your chin will thank you. 

So, what are your favorite shoes, supplements, and apps for running? 


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