Sunday, January 27, 2013

Love to Run

I have flat feet, I pronate and I'm short. The odds are stacked against me when it comes to running. Six years ago if you told me that I would one day be a runner, I would have laughed in your face. I couldn't even run a single mile. What I've learned as I have transformed myself into a runner is that I just had to find a pace and running style that worked for me. I'm a slow runner, and I love it.

Since that first mile six years ago, I've run three marathons, four half marathons and a million of practice miles in between. Just today I ran my fourth half marathon and even set a personal record. If I can become a runner, anyone can.



1. Put on your shoes and get out there. Promise yourself you'll do just 1 mile no matter how long it takes. I recommend running for 1 minute then walking for 1 minute the entire mile. You don't have to go fast, you just have to go!

2. Add distance. Slowly add a a quarter of a mile each time you run. As you get stronger you can start adding to your running time. Try 2 minutes running/1 minute walking then 3 minutes running/1 minute walking and so forth. Even to this day I run 4 minutes and walk 1 minute.

3. Find a running buddy. I always look forward to runs with my girlfriends. Friend runs are the best. After you get going and start chatting, it's amazing how fast the time goes. Even if none of your friends are runners, recruit one or look for meet-up and running groups in your area. If you're a mama, check out Stroller Strides.

4. Sign-up for a race. This is what really got me committed. There's something so motivating about putting a race on the calendar. A good place to start is with a 5k. If you want a fun one, check to see if there's a Color Run in your city.

5. Surround yourself with running inspiration. Look at running blogs, pin inspiring running messages on Pinterest, post notes on your bathroom mirror, or reward yourself with fun new running clothes. Do whatever it takes to keep you going. I promise you won't regret it.



5 comments:

  1. awww, i love this! so inspired. i NEVER thought i would enjoy stroller strides and now i'm addicted! all thanks to you. thank goodness we met at the park and i talked about myself non-stop. =) ha ha! and congrats on your half marathon today!

    xoxo, jenn
    the stylish housewife

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  2. I really want to like running, but I go in spurts... I'll be dedicated for a while and then it'll go on the backburner. I've been meaning to get back into it again... so I'll definitely keep these tips in mind. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Laura - I totally hear you on the going in spurts. I was the same way. What really got me going was when I signed up for my first race. I signed up for a half-marathon and at that point I had never run over 3 miles in row. I gave myself 13 weeks to train. I wasn't overdoing it with the running but I would do 2 short runs and one longer run on the weekends. What really changed me though was what I saw on race day. It was one of the most motivating sights I have ever seen. I saw old runners, young runners, overweight runners. I saw runners with just one leg, runners with no legs—only prosthetics, and I saw blind runners. Something inside of me just changed. Not to mention the total runners high I had at the finish line. It felt like a huge accomplishment...beyond what I ever imagined I could do. From there on out, I was hooked.

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  3. I'm 5'4, pronate, and have had cryosurgery on my right heel (twice). I'm also big busted so I always thought I couldn't run. I've tried but it just never works out. I have some questions for you. Can you recommend running shoes that help with the pronation? When you say you run slow, can you be more specific with time? Have you learned any techniques to help avoid impact on the entire foot?
    Thanks!
    Niki
    Www.fashionatforty.blogspot.com

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    1. Hi Niki - Great questions. First off let me say that I'm by no means an expert, but I'll answer your questions based on my experience.

      For shoes - I absolutely love the Brooks Adrenaline GTS http://www.brooksrunning.com/Adrenaline-GTS-13/120123,default,pd.html. It's support is designed to help with overpronation. I've been to several different running stores over the years and each time when I tell them that I have flat feet and pronate, they always recommend the same shoe. I've been buying this shoe for the past 5 years and I don't think I'll ever change.

      Time - When it comes to pace, my average time on my longer runs is around an 11 minute mile. Sometimes I go slower and sometimes I go faster. I honestly try not to focus too much on time. That's why I always hated running when I was younger. I didn't like to feel completely out of breath and in pain the entire time. As soon as I got over having to run fast, I started enjoying it a lot more.

      Sports Bra Recs - If you have a Lululemon store near you, check out their Ta Ta Tamer sports bra. It's perfect for bigger busts. http://shop.lululemon.com/products/clothes-accessories/women-sports-bras/Ta-Ta-Tamer-II-31110?cc=8532&skuId=3480598&catId=women-sports-bras

      With regards to techniques, I honestly don't have a recommendation there but I think that the right shoe will make a huge difference.

      Feel free to message me if you have any other questions or just want to chat about running!

      Best of Luck,
      Samantha


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