Post # 1
Every year in Richmond there’s a race called the Monument Avenue 10k. I’ve been several times cheering on friends, but have never done it because I’m not a runner.
My new years resolution this year is to do it! The race is in the beginning of April, so I’m going to start training this week. I’ve already downloaded a running plan since I’ve never ran before, but do you guys have any suggestions for a first-timer?
I’m nervous but also really excited. This is one of the items on my bucketlist and I’m going to be so proud of myself for doing it! So help me out hive, any suggestions?!
Post # 3
I went from HATING running to running half marathons. My best advice is to remember it’s okay to slow down. You don’t have to sprint the whole way. If you have to take a break and walk, that’s okay, too. Find a nice pace for training runs where you feel in control. I think that was the hardest part for me when I first started running. I also reccommend running outside as often as possible. Treadmills can be a necessary evil in training, but they do not really prepare you for an outside run, IMO. Also, have fun! Relax. The only person you’re racing is you!
Post # 4
YAYYY!!!! You can definitely do it!
I think you have the right idea by downloading a training program. Definitely start slow. Also, remember that you WILL have good days and bad days–so don’t freak out if you’ve been doing well and then all of a sudden it is a struggle to run one day.
Do you think your friends would be willing to run your long runs with you? It can help because more experienced runners are a lot better at pacing. When I trained for a half marathon my friend (who is a VERY fast runner) would run with me when I had to do more than 6 miles. It was really easy for her (my pace was about half of what she could do!) but it was fun for both of us.
You will LOVE the race! I had never run more than 5 miles without stopping to walk for a little bit, and I ran the whole 13.1 without even stopping to drink water (I drank while running). It is a totally different feeling running with a crowd–I was so damn proud of myself when I finished.
Good luck! You can do it!!!
Post # 5
listen to music and chew gum! that will keep your mind off running and your throat from getting dry 🙂 Also start at a steady pace, make sure ur not pushing urself too hard. When i started taking jogs with my fiance, i would start crying cause i wouldnt be able to make it a quarter mile without stopping lol.. Now i can run 3 miles 🙂
Post # 6
are you doing couch 2 5k? that is SO helpful!
Post # 7
Good for you! That’s a great plan and good luck!
Me personally, I sucked at running my entire life, but I’m up to running 3-5 miles every morning (and I actually enjoy it now). I prefer to run outside vs. a treadmill because it helps to keep your mind off of how long you’ve been running. Music and good running shoes are my other essentials. You’ll have to find out what works for you, but the lighter the shoes, the easier it is on my knees.
Post # 8
That’s an awesome goal! 10ks are so much fun.
Aside from following your training plan, my only advice is make a kickass playlist and start the race slow. Lots of people start sprinting right out the gate and tire themselves out too quickly. And then I pass them. LOL.
Post # 9
Yay, you are awesome! I hope you enjoy it 🙂 Until last year I HATED running. I used to cheat when we had to run the mile in grade school….and now its one of my favorite things to do. I really think it makes me a happier person.
I agree with a lot of the advice above…
1. Start slow..in the race and when training. I started by using the couch to 5k program and working my way up…and always took at least one day between runs to recover. I still do a five minute warm up walk and cool down as well.
2. Get a good sports bra and good shoes.
3. Don’t be afraid to walk! I have a GPS watch that tracks my pace / distance and I’ve noticed that sometimes when I don’t take a short walk break when I need one, the rest of my run is slower than average….so basically I killed myself for nothing!
4. Drink plenty of water before you run, but not RIGHT before you run. If I run in the morning, I make sure to drink my daily allowance the day before. Or if I run after work, I drink water consistently until about 3PM.
5. Go outside if you can. I get so bored and burned out on treadmills & love getting to spend time outside.
Good luck. You will do awesome! 🙂
Post # 10
You will love running by the time you are done!!! My best advice is find someone who is also training and keep accountable through them. That way you aren’t going through the training process alone.
Don’t run every day. You have to take days to rest or else you get burnt out or hurt yourself.
Good shoes and good music are a must!
Post # 11
Thanks for all the helpful tips everyone. I really appreciate them! I just downloaded the Couch to 5k app on my ipad to help, I had never heard of that so thanks for the heads up!
I kind of can’t believe I’m doing this because I’m a total couch potato, but I’m getting really excited and this will be something to work towards without having the wedding on my mind 24/7.