I am a runner. I finally feel comfortable saying it, but it has taken me a very long time. Like about 12 years (which happened to include 1 marathon, 5 half marathons, and countless 5K’s). Growing up I never considered myself an athlete. I was a dancer, a cheerleader, and a gymnast but not an athlete. Running was always a challenge for me. In fact I remember one Spring before an ill fated stint as a softball player my Dad actually had to teach me how to run. I think I did more of a frolic. But when I was 26 I decided I wanted to run a Marathon so I started training. I started with a 5K and went on from there.
In my years of running I’ve figured out a couple of things.
*Keep moving. You won’t get better unless you put in some training time. But you can do it. You might be slow. You might have to walk at first, but you can do it.
*Find a running friend. They keep you accountable and give you some entertainment and motivation while you run. I have had some of the best conversations of my life while running. Nothing strengthens a friendship like miles under your feet.
*Ignore that voice in your head that tells you to stop.
*Get professionally fit for running shoes. You can’t pick out ones that you think are cute and just go for those. You need someone to watch you run and fit you in the right shoe. For reals, you will save yourself so much pain and money if you go to your local running store and have them help you.
*Listen to some tunes. It really helps keep you going when you are feeling tired. But only wear one earbud otherwise you won’t be able to hear other runners or bikers.
*Don’t wear cotton shirts unless you want a rash. Get yourself a cute workout top. You can get them for as cheap as $10at Costco. Don’t workout in old t-shirts unless you like chafing.
*Sign up for a race. They are so much fun and give you a goal to achieve.
I’m currently getting ready to run the San Diego Rock and Roll Half Marathon next week. Over the last couple months, I have been training with two fabulous ladies, who I adore. They’ve turned my onto some great gear and I have shared with them too.
Here are some of our favorite things:
(Sweaty, sweaty selfie)
This bra is AMAZING!!! It does everything you want a sports bra to do. But it also looks so good. No uniboob! Seriously, I feel so cute in it. Great patterns, great colors, and great cleavage.
It’s not a fanny pack, it’s a SPI Belt. I use it to stash my iPhone, ID, and cash. It doesn’t move around. It doesn’t dig in. It is my most favorite bit of running gear ever.
I don’t always run with water. But when I am going to be out for while or it is really hot it is essential. I love my new water bottle. It can go anywhere. I often put it between my hip and SPI Belt or in the back of my sports bra. It is the perfect size. Not too big or too small.
I will wear shorts for 3-5 mile runs, but when I do anything over 5 I wear crops. Lulu makes my favorite ones. They are so wonderfully tight and light. It almost feels like being naked, but better cause nothing is moving around in these babies. I wish I could wear them all the time.