I'm so excited!
This week I finally passed 10 miles on my long run. Now, don't get me wrong: I'm a tortoise, not a hare. It took me a full 2 hours.... I will clearly not be setting any land-speed records.
But I'm still excited to have achieved the biggest goal I've set since I started running last summer.
So now what?
I'm thinking it's time to sign up for a half-marathon!
Who's with me??
On that note, I figured it might be a good time to share a few running tips I've picked up over the last months:
2. Be visible. I'm always surprised at how many people I see out for a run in head to toe black. Bright colors or reflective striping make you more visible to drivers, and the more visible you are, the less likely you are to become a statistic.
3. Choose your tunes wisely. I love all kinds of music, but Andrea Bocelli's arias aren't what get me moving. Finding songs with a good beat can help you maintain your cadence and push through fatigue. Some of the current faves on my playlist: M.I.A. Paper Planes, Wiz Khalifa No Sleep, Nicki Minaj Starships, and Lupe Fiasco The Show Goes On.
4. To prevent "bonking" (depleting your glycogen stores) or developing leg cramps on a long run, you might want to consider carrying a gel or chewable energy/electrolyte replacement. Clif Shot Bloks contain both electrolytes and simple sugars and taste like candy. (Always a plus as far as I'm concerned!) Gu Roctane gel has the basics, plus aminos and caffeine for an extra energy boost. And don't forget to stay hydrated!
5. Don't neglect strength training! Weight training, and excercises like squats and lunges will strengthen and tone your muscles in a way that running can't. And stronger muscles = better runs, so it's a win-win!
Have you ever participated in a full or half marathon? Any running tips to share?? I'd love to hear!