In one week this Saturday I will be running my first half marathon. A year ago if you had asked me if I would ever run a race I would?ve laughed in your face. Yet here I am not only training for a half marathon but for the most part I love the goal that's at the end of this thing. The training has been intense; on Sunday I was out for two and a half hours with the sun beating down on me. It was not a smart move to forget the sunscreen that day. So what do you do if you want to start running? Here are my tips:
Start out small! My trainer got me hooked on running by having me sprint for thirty seconds and then rest for thirty seconds. Those short bursts were not only fun but it gave me that shot of endorphins. If you're out enjoying the spring weather (did you know it snowed in Minnesota today? It did.) try running for two minutes and walking for one minute. If you're new to running check out the popular website called, Couch to 5K; this website sets up a training schedule for you so that you're able to run a 5K.
You will be sore but the last thing you want to do is just sit on your bum. The best thing you can do the day after a run is to keep your muscles loose. Go for a walk, do some yoga; just keep your muscles loose and always stretch afterwards. Also, there's a chance that your shins may be sore. It's completely normal because of the surface that you're running on as well as the impact of your feet to the ground. When I started running, my shin pain lasted for a week and a half and then it was gone!
Sign up for a race! Races are great because they keep you towards a goal and the sense of accomplishment you'll feel crossing that finish line is unlike any other. I mainly signed up for the half marathon as a means of scaring myself into a training schedule.
Stick with it! There's something completely freeing about a nice long run. It clears your head and provides you with ample time to sort through your thoughts.
So give it a try, please, you?ll be beaming at the finish line.
Have you run a race yet?
Bio: Bert is a stay at home mom of two, wife to college sweetheart, and what she calls a "semi-crunchy" mama. After four years of being overweight related to pregnancies, Bert submitted a video entry into a local Biggest Loser type of fitness challenge; she was chosen and lost 25% of her body weight in 90 days. She blogs at FirstTimeMom about everything from cloth diapers, parenting, life and her recent passion with health and fitness.
Amber Date 5/3/2013
Great post! My husband and I plan to start couch to 5k together in the next couple of weeks. There is no better time to get back in shape then right after you give birth to baby(2 weeks postpartum today!)
Samantha Lippard Date 5/8/2013
I've never ran a race but this might be the motivation I need to get started!
Sarah Jane Date 5/24/2013
Yes, definitely stick with it! It's so tempting to stop after the first few weeks. Another thing is, don't keep saying, "I'll start tomorrow" because you'll never start with that mindset.