I have been running for almost a decade now, and during that time I think I have developed into a runner who cannot be without running. It’s true that in colder months I tend to return to my favourite swimming and also spinning classes, but still go at least once a week for a run.
Running is my kind of relaxation and I never wear headphones as I try to concentrate on the surroundings, on my thoughts and very often this is the way how I release the stress. I always feel fantastic after a run, and unless training for a marathon or a longer challenge my run usually does not last longer than 40 mins, about 5-8 km. As you could have seen lately I am back to buggy running as I have no babysitting and have shared a few tips on that if you are up for it.
During past decade I have learnt a few things every runner should have or know about, and I would love to share these with you today. You do not have to plan to run a marathon, but if you are serious about running these should be your running essentials too.
1. Trainers. Such an obvious thing, isn’t it? When I started running I just bought some running trainers I liked the look of from a sports shop, and had no idea they were wrong for my feet. It was not until I was training for my first marathon back in 2011 (which is alarming!) where I have learnt there are 3 basic feet types, and that you should not just buy any running shoes. I went to our local running shop where I tried running on a treadmill and thanks to their system it showed exactly the way I run and what trainers I needed. This is exactly what all people who are serious about running should do.
2. Supplements. It was not until I had an injury, so called runner’s knee, when training for the London Marathon back in 2011 when I found out I should be taking some supplements like other runners or athletes. Fish oil is highly recommended. I can tell you that I saw the difference just a few weeks after taking some. It is so important to support your joints. Just one a day can mean keeping your joints happy for much longer.
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3. Running socks. Another obvious thing, but maybe not? I used to run in normal cotton socks for years. I used to have many blisters, and sweaty feet. Not anymore after realising how much difference these make. I remember sharing this tip with a fellow blogger who was training for a marathon a that time. She had no idea either, so I really think that many people underestimate these. Get a few pairs, and to be honest, the shortest running socks do not provide the same protection of your heel and ankles as the longer version, that’s why I prefer a bit longer ones.
4. Running bra. If you have big breasts like me, you needs loads of support, and after trying quite a few popular brands, I finally came across Shock Absorber Ultimate Running Bra while I was breastfeeding my nowadays 2 years old Olivia. That was a gift I can tell you, and it helped me continue running just a few weeks after giving birth when breastfeeding. I believe GP recommend to wait 6 weeks before doing any exercises, but I think you will know when your body is ready for a run. It might be a bit later than that.
5. Water bottle. Staying hydrated is very important. I always carry a water bottle even if I don’t run, and when training for a running challenge or do longer runs, always make sure I think more about how I consume the amount of water in the bottle. Just little sips and often works the best. I use an average sports bottle, and got used to it, but many runners use specially shaped bottles which are supposed to be easier to hold.
6. Technical running tights and t-shirt. You should not be running in plain cotton t- shirts and leggings/trousers. Why? If you go to a sports shop you will find loads of different products made especially for runners. The material these are made of is very different, and there is a reason behind it. It keeps all the sweat away from your body, which is very important.
7. A lightweight reflective running jacket. I went for a bright yellow very lightweight jacket which keeps the wind away, and is great for chilly mornings. Once I warm up, I take it off and have it easily tied around my waist. It also keeps me warm if it starts raining and I need to finish my run.
8. A Sports watch. I have to be honest and say that I use it only when properly training for a challenge otherwise love running and not checking my speed and distance. Once I know I have to run for a certain time or a certain distance, I use a sports watch. You don’t need to get a Garmin watch, there are much cheaper ones other there, but I think Garmin watches are supposed to be the best as highly rated by most runners.
9. Running hat/gloves. This is mostly for colder months or early mornings or if you go running late in the evening. Your hands and head can get very cold, and these will make a huge difference to your running experience.
10. Attitude. If you go for a run and think you are not really up for it, leave it for the next day. I believe you need to enjoy what you are doing to be good at it, and never run if I don’t feel I would enjoy my run. Also listen to your body. If you are not well, don’t push yourself. It might make you feel worse!
In collaboration with Seven Seas