In a week and a half, I'll be running my first 5k since giving birth to my daughter and oddly enough, the race is actually the morning of her 1st Birthday! I must admit I'm pretty excited and proud of myself for coming so far in the past few months. It was definitely a struggle getting back into shape, and there were some key items that really made everything easier. This got me thinking about the advice that I've given to several people who are starting out jogging for the first time or getting back into it after a long break.
These are some of the products that make or break my ability to run regularly as well as a few tips to keep you going.
1. The Shoe
Road Runner Sports have shoe finders that ask you questions to develop a shoe profile and help you find the perfect fit. They also allow a 60-90 day test run of your shoes to ensure you're fully satisfied with your purchase. Can't beat that!
2. Suit Up
For years I struggled with being comfortable during running. Socks would slip, shorts would ride, bras would suffocate me. It was only after I invested in some real running gear that I realized I had been suffering for no reason. You don't have to splurge on expensive running clothes either (though I do recommend shelling out a little more $$ for a good bra if you're a bustier girl). Stores like Target are coming out with some cute and affordable running wear! Here are a few pieces of my running wardrobe I can't live without:
|C9 by Champion Tank|
|VS Sports Bras with adjustable back|
|Athleta Presto Running Short|
3. Prepare Yourself
I tend to have a pretty regular running regiment and there are rarely any impromptu runs during my work week. That said, I plan most of my runs to occur before dinner time once the temperature has gone down a bit. I try to get in a good snack about 2 hours before I run that will keep me energized. This usually includes some peanut butter crackers, roasted almonds, a banana, or some dried fruit. I also try to keep hydrated through out the day by drinking water and keeping track of how much I drink on a sticky note. Being well prepared for a run can make all the difference in your ability to run 2 miles or 4 miles.
4. Turn it UP!
Music definitely makes running more fun for me and its pretty much the only time I get the chance to enjoy it. Create a good running mix or download your favorite stations on a radio app to keep yourself motivated. You'll be humming along to the music and be half way done before you know it!