(Closed) Running for Dummies

posted 5 years ago in Fitness
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

@LoggerHead91207:  you really don’t need to run with a water bottle for short distances.  i carry my phone in my hand and my keys in my pocket (most running shorts have a little pocket).  If you really have a lot to carry, they make things like this: http://www.flipbelt.com/

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

i would suggest one of those armbands. Especially in the spring it is safer for you to have hands free just in case you slip… Which can be really easy to do in the spring!

Post # 5
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2012

@LoggerHead91207:  I hate running on a treadmill so I started running outside of late. I’m not running far enough to need to carry water yet (6km in 50 minutes on Tuesday) but Darling Husband bought me an armband for my phone for Christmas so I can carry it easily.

I run with Zombies Run 5K training programme and RunKeeper apps running to respectively guide my interval training and track my progress.

Post # 6
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2013

I stick my mp3 player in my bra, and hide my keys somewhere on my car before I go!

I don’t run with water unless I’m running more than 10 miles and it’s going to be hot!

Post # 8
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

I don’t take water to run outside, I do chew gum which helps. Inside I drink a ton even on a short run because i get so much hotteR. If you find that you need water they make a few options that strap to your hand or have belt. I don’t take my phone, I have absolutely no reason to be calling or texting anyone while exercising. If I take it for music I wear an arm band. I personally love lululemon and their pants. While yes they are pricey, 5 years from now and a million runs and washes they will be as black and the day you bought them and nearly in perfect condition. They have small pockets in the waist band for a key, or you can get wrist pockets. Enjoy!! Running outside is a million times more e rewarding and enjoyable than the treadmill. The hardest part is getting out there!

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@LoggerHead91207:  

@MsJ2theZ:  

if you are running alone you should always take your phone! You never know who you will run into and what would you do if you tripped and got hurt?! Last year, three women were assaulted when running, in the daylight, around 7am, in a very safe, and busy part of my local college campus. do not put yourself in an unsafe situation!!

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I have an awesome arm band that also fits my key. I only bring water for over 5 miles and when it’s hot! I have one water bottle that’s has a wrap around my hand so I’m holding it but not really… I also often just carry a small bottle with me and toss it in the garbage when i’m done with it on the last few miles back…

Post # 13
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

@ivoryowl:  I never run alone in the dark, and I have a shoe ID that gives my name, allergies, and emergency contact information. People ran without phones for years before they came along! 

 

Post # 14
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

I think the big thing if you’re starting up running is to research proper form.  I’d even suggest looking into proper walking form as well.  

 

I say this because I went from never having run in my life to being able to run around 3 miles in a boot camp class, and then having to quit for a couple months due to running injury.  My walking with improper form led to me running with improper form, leading to chronic shin splints and having pain in my knees so bad I couldn’t sleep for a couple days.  You’d think running and walking are things we’d be able to do naturally, but there are wrong ways to do both.  Improper form will increase your likelihood of injury.  Also do your research and make sure you have decent shoes.

Post # 15
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

@ivoryowl:  I also never run with my phone

I just clip my ipod to my pants and go. I just stick my house key in the key pocket that most exercise shorts and pants have these days. If I am running 8 miles or more I will bring water with me. I like the small hand held ones that fit nicely in your hand. Like this one http://www.amazon.com/FuelBelt-Sprint-10-Ounce-Holder-Pocket/dp/B0019MT4Y6/ref=sr_1_1?s=exercise-and-fitness&ie=UTF8&qid=1362713497&sr=1-1&keywords=hand+water+bottle 

Post # 16
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@MsJ2theZ:  just because people didn’t have phones in the past, doesn’t mean you should knowingly out yourselves in a dangerous position. So you have an is card so people can identify you when you are lying on the road? Personally id rather have a phone so I don’t end up there.

OP- clearly it is up to you, but you asked for our advice, and I can’t stress the importance of carrying a phone when running alone enough. Just because some people don’t, doesn’t mean this is a good idea or safe in any way. Best of luck, and good for you for getting back into exercise.

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