Another week down, another week of my body wondering what-the-heck-are-you-doing-to-me. This past week was good, though I’m pretty beat. Monday’s Turbo Kick & Yoga session beat me to a pulp — note to self: two intense workouts back to back are not a good idea. Tuesdays’s fun run was a very slow run compliments of Monday. I wasn’t in the mood to run on Wednesday so I swapped my cross train day & decided to do Zumba at home instead, felt good. Thursday I did intervals, no sweat there. Well I kid, lots of sweat but you get what I’m saying. Thursday’s cross training didn’t happen, instead I opted to join the beautiful Central Florida Lady Bloggers for dinner. Friday I decided to do Hills & cross train to make up for Thursday. Note to self: Looks like I didn’t learn Monday’s lesson. Saturday I spent two hours shaking my booty & torturing my abs with a gazillion crunches. I was so beat from that I didn’t do the 6 mile run I had planned, pushed it to Sunday. Then Sunday I woke up completely stuffed up (my allergies aren’t happy), running while you can’t breathe isn’t fun so I pushed the run yet again to this morning.
Here’s one of the most important tips when it comes to training: Listen to your body. If it’s tired, give it rest. If it’s sick let it heal. There’s always tomorrow, you can move things around to make up for missed runs, no problem. Sometimes you even need to just skip that run & pick up with your schedule the following day, give yourself grace. This morning I woke up at the crack of dawn & got the 6 miles done, woot. Now lets see what I’m scheduled for this week…
Here’s my schedule for week of 8/1 (I can’t believe it’s August!):
Today: 6 miles, easy (long run from last week)
Tuesday: Intervals, 30 minutes
Wednesday: Cross Train
Thursday: Tempo, 30 minutes
Saturday: 10 miles, easy
Sunday: Cross Train or Yoga
Enter double digit runs! Wish me luck. Now, last week I touched on cotton being the enemy & told we’d discuss gear this week. The right gear will not only make your run more comfortable, it’ll keep you motivated to go out there again (the more comfy you are, the more likely you’re to hit the pavement). Below is a list of gear that will make your runs more enjoyable:
- Tech shirts: Breatheable fabrics that help you stay dry, they’ll change your life!
- Running shorts or pants: Also breatheable & quick drying, your legs will love them
- Bodyglide: To prevent chafing, which you want to avoid at all costs; it’s painful & so uncomfortable. You can find bodyglide at your local running store
- Running Socks: The more you run, the more likely you are to get blisters. Having the running socks will help minimize them & keep your feet dryer. There are a ton of options out there but my favorite are Feetures Light
- Shoes: They’re an investment that will pay for themselves many times over; they’ll help minimize injuries (hopefully) & keep you running more comfortably. This is your biggest purchase when it comes to gear but its worth every penny!
- Spibelt/Fuel Belt or CamelBak: To help you caryr energy supplies (more on this later), water, keys, etc
- Sunblock: This should go without saying but it’s important to protect your skin. Aim to wear at least SPF 30. I like using SPF 50 whenever I run outside
- Headband/Cap/Sunglasses: This is a matter of personal preference, use whichever feels more comfortable. I for one don’t run with hats, I prefer wearing a BIC Headband, they’re the best! They don’t slide off, catch all the sweat & are super cute, win!
- Women: Good sports bra for the girls. Don’t skimp on a good one ladies, you’ll be thankful to have good support
- And since we’re talking under armor lets go ahead & talk about underwear. It may be a little TMI but we’re amongst friends right? Ladies — Most running shorts come with built liners so you don’t technically need to wear an additional pair. There’s a debate in the fitness community about wearing undies while you run & how hygenic it is. But that’s a whole other post. Gentlemen — the same goes for you — you can use the liners in shorts though I’ve heard that may not give you the support you need. I asked around, my runner guy friends go the technical underwear route for the extra support & comfort. Champions, among others, makes a pair that seems to be the way to go
Start building your running gear one piece at a time & you’ll see how much better you’ll feel when you’re out there. Guaranteed! Now it’s your turn, tell me: What’s your favorite workout outfit?