Top Tips For New Runners

26 Aug

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If you’re thinking about becoming a runner, STOP! Before you lace up and hit the road, or track or treadmill, here are my top tips for new runners. These are things I’ve picked up along the way that turned an aversion to exercise into a love of running.

Use a program!

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I used the C25K program. It’s an app for your mobile device that takes you through an eight week program to get you running 3.2 miles.

C25K (couch to 5K) will gradually build up to running by giving you walk/run intervals until you can run that first 3.2 miles. It’s a small commitment, with only three workouts a week and you’ll be shocked at how fast you’re logging those miles.

I like this program because it’s gradual. So many people who decide to start running set themselves up for failure by doing too much too soon and they either burn out or get injured. Don’t let that happen to you!

Sign up for a race!

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Don’t let fear of commitment get in your way.

By signing up for a race you’re committing to it, you now have something to work towards. There’s an end game to all those workouts.

If you have something to work towards, it gives you that extra incentive to stick with it. Just think about how proud you’ll feel when you cross that finish line. How awesome will it be to wear that race shirt as a reminder of your hard work.

Another great app for training is the Nike+ Run Club. You can chose the distance of your race (and a few other variables) and they will create a program you can follow.

Get a proper shoe fitting!

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The fastest way to fail is to get injured. If you get shinsplints two weeks into your journey into running, you’re not really going to want to stick with it.

Any reputable running store will be more than happy to give you a free fitting. They should also be able to work within your budget. Just let them know what you are willing to spend on a pair of running shoes and they can (probably) find you a pair that will work with your body mechanics AND your budget.

I will say that you get what you pay for and there is a big difference between an $80 shoe and a $120. Getting cheap running shoes is not always the economical way to go when you have to replace those shoes sooner.

My top tips for new runners will help you begin your journey to become a runner.

Do you have any questions about running I can answer for you in a future post? Reach out and let me know how I can help you love running as much as I do.

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Mommyland Happenings {Week 33}

23 Aug

Last week was our last workation (vacation where I still have to work) of the summer. The last hurrah before school starts back up again and we get back to a normal schedule and the routine of the school year.

I hope you enjoy taking a peek into the Mommyland Workation.

Sunday.

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In an effort to take the least amount of time off from my part time job as possible I went to work Sunday morning then loaded up the truck and the dog and hit the road. Bill took the boys down Saturday night to get a jump start on the fun.

It was ridiculously hot and humid. As I pulled into a gas station in Salisbury, Maryland this was the temperature. I made sure to take the keys with me so Cooper didn’t lock himself in the truck again.

Monday.

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Sometime during Sunday afternoon the AC broke in the condo. It made for a very uncomfortable night’s sleep and an even more uncomfortable post run.

Thankfully the repair men came quickly and by late afternoon we were back in business.

To beat the heat we spent a lot of time at the pool and took the boat out to go tubing. They even got my ass out on the tube!

Tuesday.

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Another pool day! There is nothing like sitting at the pool (in the shade) with a cold beer in hand. Fantastic way to beat the heat.

Wednesday.

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Another boat ride.

We took Cooper and rode out to a little beach where the boys dug in the sand and I tried to keep this dog from drinking the salt water.

Clearly Cooper LOVES to be on the boat!

Thursday.

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Bill left for a business trip Wednesday afternoon, leaving me to my own devices with the boys on Thursday.

We went bowling, shot some hoops, wandered Walmart (I know, exciting!) and then I took them out to dinner before we came back for some pool time.

We signed up for the Kids Bowl Free program at the lanes down here and we get two rounds a day, everyday from April to October. All we paid was $30 for me and Bill and shoe rental when we play. It’s a pretty great deal!

Friday.

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We tempted fate by venturing into Ocean City on a Friday night. I’m so glad we did!

There was no traffic getting into town and it wasn’t nearly as crowded as it could have been. We had dinner, we played mini golf, we spent a ridiculous amount of money of rides and games and we had a blast!

Here are my three guys playing what feels like the oldest game on the boardwalk. They were very disappointed that they couldn’t win anything.

Saturday.

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You know you’re having a great workation when this guy falls asleep in the middle of the afternoon. This was only a quick break in the action for Logan though.

It’s been a great week of workation and we still have a couple more days to enjoy.

I hope you are having a great week!

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