I have less than a month left before I voluntarily run 13.1 miles in my first half-marathon. I honestly never thought I'd be at the point where I can run over 12 miles (heck, I was worried about running 5 miles) without dying. I am not a runner. I do not get a runner's high. I do not look forward to long runs. I do not really look forward to any runs. However, I have set a goal for myself, and I intend to achieve it. I'm really proud of where I am and what I've accomplished so far. For anyone else who is thinking of jumping off the deep end and training for a half or full marathon (even a 5 or 10k), here are a few things I've learned along the way:
The right equipment is critical. Good running shoes make a world of difference, as do the rest of your running outfit. Cotton is rotten-cotton undies, socks, shorts, and shirts are not good for running. Well, I guess you can wear them if you like being sweaty and getting blisters. My favorites- Lululemon running skirt, Under Armour unders, Nike and Champion tops and jackets.
Chocolate Gu is good, all others taste like Poo.
A good running music mix is crucial-without Britney, Kanye, and some old school 80s, I don't make it past mile 3.
When running in the summer, bring a towel.
That stuff you feel on your legs when you sweat during runs? That's salt. Yeah, gross.
Leave Gatorade, water, and Gu in the car and refuel each lap (I run around Memorial Park and stop after each lap).
The Galloway 4:1 method is pure gold.
I do not look pretty when I run. If you know how to look pretty while running, please leave a comment!
There are not enough cute male runners at Memorial Park on Saturday mornings. I love my husband, but he doesn't run with me and I need something to look at.
I eat more than I think I have ever eaten in my life after running, counting the two times I was pregnant. I always want to eat the worst foods after I run-like chocolate, milkshakes, and hamburgers...ahem.
Try signing up for a race in the winter or early spring- summer training is brutal!
I am crazy enough to have signed up for another half marathon, but nowhere near crazy enough to sign up for a full marathon.
Do any of my running buddies have anything else to add (T, Alex)?