Hello all of you TampaMomRuns blog readers! My name is Yvonne a fellow wife, mom and runner. I only recently found my way to the wonderful world of running and I am still making mistakes and finding out new things every day!
So, you’ve decided you want to try this whole “running” thing. You’ve laced up your shoes and took your first steps. Way to Go! As you get into running more and more you will realize there is lots to learn. Here are some of the mistakes lessons I’ve learned in my first year of running:
1. The “I am not a REAL runner” mantra: You know…only those people, like Jessica, who are training for a marathon are the “real runners”. Those people who can run really fast or who can go really far are the real runners. Not me. Excuse me…do you run more than you walk? Do you go a little bit farther every time? Then you are a runner. End of discussion
2. Not wearing proper shoes. Make sure you go to a running store (Floridians..FitNiche is simply amazing) and get a proper fit. Ensure you know their return policy in case you need it. You will most likely increase your mileage as you get into your new passion and your shoes will make all the difference.
2A. For my fellow ladies. Get fitted for and invest in a really good sports bra. Trust me on this.
3. Hydration and good nutrition everyday are key. Believe me, no one was more bummed than I was to learn that sweets and beer do not count as “carb loading”. Your runs will be easier when you take care of your body and what fuels it. Also, hydration is so important, especially if you are running in the summer. At least 10 glasses of water every day, and I would argue that at least one of those glasses should have an electrolyte replenishing drink if you are going for a long run the next day or just came from one.
4. EAT SOON AFTER A RUN. This seems logical, but let me explain. I would get debilitating, pounding headaches after long runs. I would drink water like crazy, but I was never really hungry so I would wait a few hours after my run to eat something. Big mistake. If you are going for a long run, have something to eat very soon after. Go for something with a nice mix of carbs and protein. Once I started having a protein drink 10 minutes after my long run, my headaches completely vanished.
5. Find a running buddy. Usually I run alone, happily listening to music, a podcast or just the thoughts in my head. However this can get lonely! The best runs I’ve had are the ones with other runners. The time goes by faster because you are chatting and, if you run with someone just a bit faster than you, your pace will ultimately improve. Plus you can ask all sorts of running questions because if there is one thing other runners love to talk about, it is running.
Want to read more of Yvonne’s journey? Visit her at Diary of a New Runner