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Fit Peas: Let’s Go Running!

January 13, 2011 by Carolina

It’s the start of the year & everyone’s focused new year’s resolutions & fitness, perhaps that’s one of the reasons why I’ve been asked by several friends how to get into running – I’m psyched when asked this question by the way. Though I’m no expert & just started running a year ago, I’ve been there…

I know what it’s like to want to lose weight.

To hate the thought of running (it’s true, I used to hate it).

Trying to find a way to stay fit you can do at home, without having to spend a fortune at the gym.

That’s exactly where I was when I started running & now looking back I’m so glad I did. Truth is, it’s not as scary as it seems at times. You don’t have to be the fastest. You don’t have to be in shape to start running. You don’t even need to like it – all you need is to get out there. Feeling lazy? Watch this video & be inspired.

Ben over at Ben Does Life started just like you & me & now he’s not only 120 pounds lighter, he’s a runner, a triathlete, an ironman. All it takes is just a pair of sneakers, drive & time. Here are some times, based on my own experience, that helped me immensely (and still do).

Get a pair of running shoes. Trust me, they make a huge difference. I remember the first time I ran with my running shoes, after being fitted at Track Shack – it felt so different! I was able to run longer just by having the right running shoes.

You need tunes. It’s amazing how much more fun a run is for me when I have good jams. For me, it’s all about the upbeat songs that make me want to dance; that make me feel on top of the world. Make yourself a running playlist packed with your favorite songs. Which brings me to my next point…

Pick a power song. You know, a song that gets your blood pumping & picks you up no matter what kind of day you had. Every time I feel like giving up during my run I crank up the power song & a little shot of energy gets me through the next minute; the next block; the next mile. My power song changes based on my mood at times. Currently, & I’m a little embarrased to admit this, my power song is this one. Don’t judge.

Have some agua.  I know we all know the importance of water but it’s even more important when running. Drink at least one glass of water before going on a run. Make sure you’re hydrating as during & after your run.  Water is your best friend.

Stretching is key. Lightly stretch right before a run, this will make your start a lot easier. When you’re finished with your run make sure to fully stretch. Not only will it feel great, it’ll really help reduce soreness & help muscle recovery after a run. Not sure how to stretch? Here are some suggestions.

Listen to your body. When you’re starting to run, run at a comfortable pace. If you’re out of breath start walking, there’s no shame in that! Catch your breath for a minute or so & start running again.  When I first started running I ran one full song then walked the next then ran again. When I felt comfortable running through two straight songs I did that & walked for one & so on. Before I knew it I was no longer taking walking breaks. Pay attention to your body, you’ll notice it get stronger, leaner, faster with time.

Sign up for a race. It’s amazing how much motivation you’ll have to go out & run if you have an end goal. Start off small: sign up for a 5K. Don’t know where to start? Check out Running in the USA, a great resource for domestic races.

Have fun. Find a trail you’ve never been on. Explore your neighborhood. Invite a friend to come along – have fun! There’s something very therapeutic about finding your stride, taking in your surroundings, having time to think (or clear your mind). You’ll love your runs before you know it!

So how about it? Lace up your shoes & go for a run!

Carolina

Carolina is a marketing professional living in Orlando, Florida. Originally from Colombia, Carolina loves experimenting with different spices in the kitchen. When she's not cooking she loves to run, practice yoga and spend time with her dog Rocco. Carolina is passionate about travel and always has her suitcase packed and ready to go!

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