Happy Heat Wave Friends! I hope you are sitting in your favorite spot, drinking your favorite beverage with your favorite people, with your feet up and a happy smile! As I sit and enjoy some quiet time on vacation, I received a text from a friend asking my advice about running shoes. I started to think about running, and then my fellow Mamas, and then I realized that I have not written anything for a really long time! I thought about how cool it is that my friend asked l’il ol’ me for some words of wisdom. As I prefaced my text with “I really don’t know all that much about running”- I thought “Self- you really do know some stuff worth sharing”! After playing the running game for about 5 years now- I offer you a couple of my Most Valuable Tips & Tricks. In no particular order- here are a few things I shared with my friend along with my sneaker advice:
1) Gear Up! “Everyone” says all you need to start running is a good pair of running shoes. Well- that is true- kind of. This winter, for the first time since I started running, I purchased an expensive pair of running pants with pockets on the side. It was a life changing event. A place for my keys, a place for my phone, and wow, I can fit 6 GUs in there as well?!?!? And they don’t fall down or rub even with the pockets filled to capacity?!?!? I never realized what I was missing until I got these pants! Now, I never leave home without them. Tip #1- find your favorite pair of running pants that have pockets and buy multiple pairs! We LOVE www.athleta.com for our running pants with pockets.
2) Embrace the walk! When I started running, I was really embarrassed by the fact that I could not run very far without taking a break to walk. I looked at this as failure. I would berate myself- “Oh geez,-Louise, I can only do 1/4 mile before I have to walk? You are so bad and you should stop and go eat a bunch of Devil’s Food Crumb Cake Doughnuts”. Well- 1/4 mile turned into a half mile, a half to a full, etc. etc. So while I was able to increase my distance without walking, I have since realized that I NEED to walk in just about every run I do. I often need a deep cleansing breath that I can only get when I slow it waaaaay down. So- embrace the walk. There is absolutely no shame in that walking game! Use it to refocus. Use it to increase your mileage. Use it to be able to RUN a FASTER pace when you start back up! Yup- it is the truth! Walking is not bad! Tip #2- Remember- Forward is a Pace. Check out the book Marathoning for Mortals: A Regular Person’s Guide to the Joy of Running by John Bingham.
3) We’ve said it before and we will say it again- the best motivator to get started or to keep yourself going with your training is to sign up for a race, preferably one that scares you a little bit! A hilly course? A longer distance than you’ve ever gone before? How about a trail run at night? Let’s get really crazy and add some swimming and biking in there!! Fear is a great motivator- no one wants to be unprepared for an event!! Tip #3- Great risk brings great rewards! Get on the World Wide Web and find yourself your next adventure! We have our next daring and exciting activity planned for Tybee Island, GA- wanna join us? Check out the info under the Winter Retreat & Run-Cation Tab!! https://solefulmamas.com
Hope you found these tips helpful- we hope to share more with you from time to time! Run happy, and celebrate our freedom to Run Free!