Well, it’s been almost two months since I started my running routine. I’ve tried to run at least three times a week, but have been occasionally thrown off course by a cold, a busy social schedule and Galen introducing me to LOST. Did you know there were 25 episodes in just the first season? And there are SIX SEASONS?!?!
But I digress. The 8k race I’ve been planning to run is on April 18th. I decided I needed a warm up race between now and then, so I signed up for a 5k on this coming Sunday. My ONLY goal for Sunday is to run the whole time. It may take me an hour, but I’m going to try my hardest never to walk, even though my “tired run” is slower than my walking pace.
So I thought this would be a good time to update you, Internet, on the things that I’ve learned. In case anyone else is thinking about taking up running because they hate it and they want to be overly prepared before embarking on such an adventure. (A.K.A. The list I Wish I’d Had Two Months Ago):
- Shoes. I’ve learned these are very important. I spent $100 on my running shoes, which is about $80 more than I wanted to spend, but it was totally worth it. I went to Portland Running Company, where the sales guy watched me run up and down the block in various shoes until we were both comfortable and happy with the result. (I actually left the place horribly embarrassed not only by the size of my feet, as usual, but by the way he said, “Oh interesting. Usually people with flat feet pronate, but since you’re also pigeon-toed, it looks like you actually supinate.” It may be interesting to you, sir. To me, it just makes my feet more freakish.) Anyway, I’m very, very happy with my shoes and the sales people were super nice and helpful. It’s not their fault I have a foot complex.
- Long sleeved Nike Dri-Fit under shirt. I know there are millions of brands that make these moisture-wicking shirts, but I happen to live closer to a Nike outlet than a grocery store, so it’s the easiest place for me to shop. I love running outside even when it’s chilly and/or raining, so this is a must. Although, if you’re like me and do laundry rather infrequently due to inconvenient laundromat hours, I might recommend buying a few of these shirts. The smell after a use or two is downright foul.
- iPod shuffle. Perfect little thing for listening to those Couch to 5k podcasts I was telling you about. I have a big iPod, too, but bought a shuffle for running. You can get them pretty cheap on the refurbished Apple website. They’re so light and easy to run with and mine even clips to my clothes.
- Nike running watch. Galen got me this for my birthday and it’s great. It has tons of features I haven’t even figured out yet. Plus it’s so sleek and cute.
- In addition to the Couch to 5k Podcasts, I’d highly recommend checking out MapMyRun.com and FavoriteRun.com. They’re both websites created to help people find good running routes in their areas. In my opinion, MapMyRun is easier to use when you want to figure out how long your run was or if you want to make up your own route. FavoriteRun is easier to navigate, however, if you’re looking for run routes that someone else suggested. Either way, they’re good tools.
So, armed with this gear and these tools, I head into the world of 5k races. Wish me luck. And if you see a tall, awkward girl running like Phoebe from Friends in downtown Portland on Sunday morning (or afternoon, for that matter), please don’t tell her how unnaturally large her feet are.