Friday, April 24, 2015

My 15K and 5 tips for beginning runners

I did it! I ran my very first 15K two weeks ago! That's a 9.3 miles...

When I first started running about 1.5 years ago, I had to stop every quarter mile to breath because I thought I was going to die. I still couldn't believe I completed 9.3 miles without stopping. This was my longest distance to date. Not going to lie, it wasn't easy. After mile # 6, it is really a mind game. I kept telling myself that the finish line was so close and I can do this. The last 3 miles seemed to drag on forever. Many deep thoughts went though my head but I did cross the finish line in 1:51. It took me longer to finish than I expected (1:45) but I didn't care about my pace. I had only one goal for my race and that was to cross the finish line!

{All outfits provided by Kyodan clothing}

With temperatures warming up and if you're thinking about running, I hope you find these tips helpful:

1. Get the right running shoes: I highly recommend you visit one of your local running stores to get fitted. I can't stretch enough the importance of a proper shoe fit. I am a huge fan of Saucony running shoes but everyone is different.

2. Find a running partner or a running group: A running buddy will keep you going and hold you accountable to the commitments. Last year, one of my girlfriends and I decided to get up at 5:00 in the morning and run 3 times a week. We promised not to call/text each other on running days. By doing so, we had no reason to skip a run knowing the other person is waiting for you to show up.

3. Figure out a schedule that works for you: My running schedule changes from time to time. You just have to find a schedule that works for you and stick with it.

4. Get proper running gear: Invest in some technical running clothes. Running gear can be affordable and last for quite a while. It will not only help you improve your health but also will boost your fitness motivation. This is an excellent article to help you choose the right type of running gear.

5. Set your expectations low: Start with a 1 minute run + 5 minute walk and work your way up. Give yourself ample training time to build mileage and endurance. Eventually, your body will adapt to running longer distances.


Tara | The Mix said...

Congrats on completing it, such an awesome accomplishment! I don't think I could ever do that, but I hate to run haha

Ever So Jenny said...

Great job! You'll best your PR next time!