Running 101

If you’re like me and you’re just getting into running it may be difficult to find a plan that works for you. It’s hard to stay motivated when there are plans for people who can “only run two miles” or “only 3 minutes” but not for people whose “chest explodes after 30 seconds”. I’m pretty lazy, hate working out, and love investing energy in excuses. In fact, I was supposed to start running in June but got caught up with life… now I’m way behind on my goal and my boyfriend has already surpassed the 5K mark.¬†
We’re planning on running a 5K in the beginning of November, which gives me only 3 months to get to where he is. I did my research and was excited to finally find a running plan for people who are out of shape.
Neither I, nor my boyfriend, are experts on running but he definitely has a leg up on experience. He gave me some really great tips when we started running together that helped me relax and enabled me to run further and longer. Most are probably common sense, but not being a runner I was making a lot of mistakes that made running more difficult than it needed to be.
  • Don’t look at your feet. Keep your eyes up and focused on the horizon.
  • Don’t clench your fists. Think about keeping them loose and relaxed.
  • Don’t grit your teeth or tighten your neck. It’ll be sore for the rest of the day.
  • Don’t pound your feet. Run lightly from heel to toe.
  • Don’t hold your breath. Try to keep breathing natural.
  • Drink plenty of water to avoid stitches and burning pain in your chest.
To track your runs, find routes, or even races, RunKeeper.com is a great place to start. I’d honestly be lost without it. It feels good to be able to track your progress, set goals, and receive achievements for milestones (even minor ones). It also has tools to track other activities and track¬†weight loss. It’s amazing how the internet can simplify (but occasionally complicate) getting fit. To see other websites I find helpful, check out my list of links, which are constantly being updated.
There are two runs I’m interested in, both this fall.
The first is actually 5 miles: The York White Rose Run. It takes place October 20, 2012 and is essentially a tour of York City. If I can finish this one, then the next would be a breeze.
The MAG 5K Fall Flash is a run across the Wrightsville Bridge in autumn’s prime: November 3, 2012. So first I need to train for this one, and then I can try to stretch beyond my goal to the 5 miles.
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