Will I ever start to enjoy running?! This is the question I keep asking myself. If I’m going to be honest, at this point I am really not enjoying this whole training for a half marathon thing. Truthfully, it started out quite well. I was running a quick 5-6 km every day after work. The temperatures were mild and the playlists were good. A few weeks, sore foot, old playlist, and side stich later, I’m starting to realize that running ain’t just rainbows and butterflies… those runners out there *slow clap* I applaud you.
With that being said, there are a few things I’ve learnt along the way and I thought I would share them with you.
1.) Duh, this is an obvious one but I did it so perhaps there are others who have made this mistake too. Don’t run in old runners! I went to buy new running shoes but they didn’t have the color I wanted (seriously, Holl?) so I waited it out and ran in my old sneakers until the pink pair came in. Waiting for that perfect color sneaker to arrive is what started the demise of my training. I was running in shoes that were easily 4 years old and began to get intense pain in my arches, not only when I ran but any time I was barefoot or wearing a shoe that didn’t have the proper arch support. After googling and consulting other running experts, I was told to take a few weeks off, roll it with a tennis ball, and let it heal completely before heading out again in NEW runners.
2.) It’s about function not fashion. This ties into the point above. Do not buy runners based on their looks. If you follow me on a regular basis you know I am a sucker for a great pair of sneakers. Keep your casual sneakers and running shoes separate. Buy running or workout shoes from the specialists. If you’re local to Regina, I suggest Track and Trail. They will be able to analyze the way you walk and fit you with a pair of shoes that are right for you. They may not look the greatest but trust me your feet will be so happy 🙂
3.) Find a good playlist BEFORE you head out. This is a mistake I have made one too many times. There is nothing worse than having to skip every other song. If you’re on Spotify, here are a few that I have been loving lately! Hip Hop, pop, and a mix of everything! You could also create your own playlist of all your favourites, I haven’t done this yet but I feel like it would be awesome!
4.) Use a running app. I prefer the Nike+. It tracks your distance, time, and you can add friends. I also love that it tracks your total distance, it just makes me feel so good! You can also make notes about how the run went. If used properly I assume this could help you problem solve.
5.) Get a running buddy! My sister is mine and even though we live in different cities she holds me accountable sending me “have you run yet?!” snaps, texts, or calls! We are also running the Seawheeze together so having a mutual end goal is a major bonus!
NOW, here is where I need your help! Out of nowhere I have been experiencing a major stitch on my right side, right below my rib. It is seriously SOOO annoying, and SOOO painful!!! I have done some research and some say it’s my breathing and others say it could be a tight muscle. I haven’t noticed a change in my breathing so I’m thinking that’s not it. Any suggestions?! Any help or tips would be greatly appreciated.
The run is basically a month away now and so it’s go time. Although I’m not a huge fan of running, I’m not a quitter! So, any other suggestions and tips for making this last month of training the best it can be would be awesome!
Do you love running? Share your tricks!