- Running so popular
- It's cheap (you just need shoes and can do it anywhere)
- It's a stress reliever
- Have to find an exercise routine because our metabolism isn't what it used to be!
One of my friends refers it to our quarter live crisis. Currently I am helping 2 of my best friends and my boyfriend to start a running plan and program as they each prep for their first half marathon.
As I have written before, I have almost reached my 4 year runiversary (Disneyland half in August!) and really didn't know what the heck I was doing and crash and burned. To help others avoid that, I have decided to start a running series on what to do to prepare well to start a racing hobby.
Here is the 10 things we will be reviewing over the next few weeks:
1. What is your goal?
Do you want to do a 5k? 10k? Half? Full? Start here and work it all out
2. Training Plan
How will you reach this goal?
What shoes will you wear? How about clothes? What about compression socks? Rollers? And let's not forget timers and/or watches?
From the beginning, you have to emphasize proper running form to prevent injuries.
Carbohydrates (in all forms) will be crucial for this along with protein, fats, and of course water. Let's not forget lessening processed foods.
How much sleep does your body need? How much are you getting? How is it effecting your runs?
7. Time to Run
What time works for you-morning, afternoon, night? Don't forget about time of year and temperature?
How are you fueling pre-race and mid race so you don't bonk/hit a wall? How do you fuel after?
9. Race Day
What does it take to have a successful race day?
10. The future
Where do you want to go with this? Set a goal? Set a PR? Try something else? How does this fit in for you?
I know I will miss stuff along the way so this will definitely a catch all!
What are some of your favorite tips for newbie runner?