Running for Beginners

Running for Beginners

A lot of times people wonder how I started getting into running. I was never active, suffered from pretty bad asthma and then suddenly I was running. If you can call jogging for 15 seconds and then gasping for air running, that is. It wasn’t easy getting started. It hurt my lungs. I suffered from shin splints pretty much constantly for months. I don’t want it to suck for you as much as it did for me, so I’m just here to give you a couple little helpful tips for if you’re just getting into running.

  1. Make sure you have the proper shoes for you feet. You can read more about this in my article on why proper running shoes are important.
  2. Set up a training schedule. My goal was to be able to run a 5k so my schedule may look a little different from yours. I started out running 3 days a week for 30 minutes, at different intervals. In my opinion, interval training is one of the best ways to work on your stamina. I used the Zen Labs Couch to 5k app and found it to be incredibly helpful to me. They also have apps for 10k, half marathon, and marathon.
  3. You will be sore at first, especially if you haven’t ran much prior. Please, make sure you always stretch before and after a run. If stretching doesn’t seem to be doing the trick for sore or tight muscles invest in a foam roller or roller stick. Just be sure you know the difference between your muscles being sore and things like shin splints. It’s important to take time off if something doesn’t feel right as pushing yourself too far can result in injuries.

I hope you found this useful, and best of luck to you!

Happy running, Hailey.

Why Proper Running Shoes are Important 

Why Proper Running Shoes are Important 

When I first started on my fitness journey the first thing I did was start running regularly. I found that I was constantly in pain afterwards, at first I thought it was just because I was terribly out of shape. It took a month or so for me to realize that my shin splints and knee pain weren’t normal. First I tried Dr Scholls Active Series insoles and they seemed to help for a week or so before I was back to square one.I tried running in my Addidas, and I’ve ran in my Nikes and neither provided any relief. I kept having to take time off from running because of the excruciating pain that would radiate through my legs every time I put sole to pavement. I knew that if I wanted to accomplish my goal of running a 5k in the near future that I absolutely had to try to find a solution for this. 

Does any of this sound familiar to you? If it does, take the time to go to a local footwear company of yours ASAP. I promise you won’t regret it. I went to the Asics store and had a stride analysis done. All this really entails is a store associate watching you walk barefoot to evaluate your foot fall. A lot of employees at running speciality stores are trained to do this. After having my analysis done I was told that I over pronate pretty severely. Pronation is a natural motion of the foot but depending on your foot arch you could over pronate or under pronate which can cause shin splints and joint pains. 

Over pronation affects about 85% of people so don’t feel ashamed if you’re one of them. A proper pair of shoes can seriously change your running game. I highly recommend Asics. I’ve been a Nike girl for years and I’ll never go back after putting my Asics to the test, different things work for everyone though so figure out what’s best for you. If a new pair of shoes is not in your budget right now, at least try to get a stride analysis done and try some well structured insoles and compression socks. Please try to get running shoes that are properly suited for you as soon as possible though. A proper running shoe can greatly reduce your risk of injury and can even help improve your stride. No, good running shoes aren’t cheap. I was lucky enough to find my Asics on a clearance rack for $50 but usually you’ll be likely to spend $100+ for a pair of well structured running shoes. Cheap is not always good! 

I hope this helps some of my fellow beginning runners out there, if you have anymore helpful tips or tricks drop them in the comments, sharing is caring! 

Happy running!

-Hailey

Zombies, Run! 

Zombies, Run! 

Have you ever ran so hard you puked? Yeah, me neither at least not until today. 

So I’m a little bit of a Walking Dead junkie and when I saw the Zombies, Run! app I had to give it a shot. It did not disappoint. The app provides you with a base and in order to build up said base, you have to go on runs and collect valuable supplies. Along your run the app will play a story for you, and just in case you get lazy (like me) and decide you just want to walk the whole thing, the story will occasionally take you into hordes of zombies and you better run like the dickens if you don’t want those zombies to catch you and steal your supplies! You can just listen along to the app, or you can set your music to play between story sequences. The app has GPS tracking and all that fancy smancy stuff you find in your typical running app. 

Anyway, if you needed an excuse to run or a little extra entertainment during your cardio I highly recommend Zombies, Run!