I’ve just had a stupidly good Monday, so I hope you beat the post weekend blues and enjoy your week!
Take a negative and choose a positive to start your week instead. It might not remove the negative from your life, but it certainly reminds you to focus on something good for a moment!
Let’s start off strong:
Negative: I am tired, and my legs are bugging me!
Positive: I don’t have to study. I have all the time in the world for running and recovering.
And Michelle? I didn’t eat that entire block of chocolate – yet. I’m working on it!
I’m almost too far gone in my running life to hold on to the feeling of getting started. So while I can still remember that feeling, let me introduce today’s post: So you wanna run?
New Runner Alert – Top 10
There is a stack of info on running. On training paces, on nutrition, on working up to your first 5km, and on transitioning from walking.
What about the more personal stuff? No-one ever says ‘hey, so if you pursue this you will have to change what you eat’ or squeezes your bum and says ‘that muscle? In there? That is going to huuuuuuuuurt‘. And no-one, particularly not your average ‘weights are awesome and carbs are bad’ trainer, is going to be able to help you find the balance between running and strength training.
Dear new runners, here are 10 things I found out when I started pounding the pavement:
1. I know you want to hit the road and run every day, but please don’t.
Start with a day off in between each running day. Ride your bike, take a Zumba class, go and pole-dance or whatever other fad is in. But take some time to do something other than run. Not taking the time leads to injury, and anyway, it sucks to do the same thing every day.
2. When you do run, vary it up.
We all start the same way – run. That is all. But try out some intervals – sprint to the next tree, then jog slowly to the bench. Mix it up. It helps your speed, and, if you’re trying to lose weight, I hear it helps. A lot.
3. You have this wonderful muscle called your piriformis.
Run far enough before you learn to stretch well, and it is going to be on fire. You think it hurts to walk after that last run? Yeah? Well…don’t try to sit down.
4. Cross trainers are not running shoes.
5. A cotton shirt is not acceptable.
6. Your tummy probably hates you.
It hates running, it hates what you fed it, it hates water, it hates being empty. It just hates you. Sorry guys – the only answer here is trial and error. But as a start, some common triggers are fats, high fibre, eating within an hour or two of a run, or too much protein.
7. Your other half does not give a shit.
They might be nodding and smiling now, but believe me, it won’t last long. Do them a favour and get a blog.
8. Carbs are your friend.
Try it – try a run after a low carb dinner, and then try another after fuelling properly.
9. Weights are good and bad.
Want to get serious about running? Body pump and trying to up your squat weight are probably not going to help. Stick to higher reps and lighter weights, and check out compound exercises. That said, body builders can and do run – it’s just not their primary sport, and they won’t be running at their peak.
10. It hurts.
It never gets any easier. You get faster. And longer. And sorer. And happier.
I did not run today. And the closest I got to cross-training was my 5 mins on the rower after my weights session. With any luck my angry legs will calm down enough to let me do some intervals tomorrow.
Impromptu pub dinner!
Runners – what surprised you when you started?
Is your other half a runner?
Are you a weights/strength training fanatic?