Hi! My name is Katie! I blog at From Icecream To Marathon
I had been overweight for most of my adult life. I was so miserable, and knew I couldn’t go on living that way anymore!
I had been running off and on for 2 years, but this summer, I got serious about it and also about my eating habits. I’ve now lost 30 pounds, have ran numerous 5 k’s and completed 2 Half Marathon’s!
My first race!
2 months after I started running, I decided to sign up for a 5k. At the time, it seemed like a HUGE challenge, I could hardly run 3 minutes without getting out of breath, how could I possibly run 3.1 miles?
But, I did it. Crossing the finish line for the first time was so overwhelming, and it was then that I fell in love with running! I just took one step at a time and one mile at a time. I am proof that if I can do it, ANYONE can!!
I am going to share a few tips on things I’ve learned, and maybe they will help you on your running journey too!
1. Start out slow
When you’re getting started, don’t think about running a marathon. Just think about getting out there and getting started! Once you can walk comfortably for 30 minutes, add in 1-2 minutes of running. As time goes on, make your running sessions longer, until you’re running for 30 minutes straight.
Don’t try to run fast. Relax. Slow down. One of the mistakes beginners make is to run too fast. Concentrate on your breathing.
2. Proper running shoes
Wearing the right shoes is SO important! You can prevent injuries and be a better runner, if you have the right shoes. They are worth the investment! The best place to get them is at your local running store, where they can do a gait analysis and help you choose the right pair.
3. Running attire
A good sports bra is also very important. I know this from experience! Ouch! Also, if you have a problem with chafing, look for clothes that will help you avoid that. I love my Lycra shorts! I wear them under my shorts and running skirts.They definitely help!
4. Stay hydrated
Stay hydrated before and after your run! I went on a 10 mile run and forgot to bring any water with me! That was not a good experience! I ran the whole thing, but when I was done I had chills, even though I was sweating, and I thought I might pass out. That was a mistake I will never make again!
I stretch before and after a run. You can even stretch during a run if you feel a cramp coming on.
6. Follow a schedule
I am so glad I did this! I followed the Couch-to-5k plan and a half marathon training plan. I don’t know if I could’ve done this without them!
7. Keep a training log
Fill it in every day, even if it’s just to write “nothing”. I love being able to look back at the beginning of my log, and seeing how far I’ve come! It’s very encouraging.
8. Sign up for a race
Choose a race that you want to do in the future. That way you’ll have a goal to focus on. I did that for my first 5k, and also for my half marathons. Knowing I had already signed up and paid, I told myself there was no backing out now, I HAD to do it!
9. Incorporate cross training
So important! Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced runner, you need to cross train! It helps strengthen your non-running muscles and rests your running muscles. So many things you could do; ride a bike, swim, yoga, plyometrics, etc. I usually do a workout dvd. I’ll do Debbie Sieber’s Slim in 6, or Chalene Extreme.
10. Have fun!!
Enjoy the journey! Picture yourself as the athlete you want to be. Get out there and start running!
This quote from Fred Lebow really encouraged me:
In running, it doesn’t matter whether you come in first, in the middle of the pack or last. You can say “I have finished”. There is a lot of satisfaction in that!”
My goals for 2012 are to run a Sub 30 5k, and to run 13 Half Marathon’s! I hope you’ll follow me in this journey!