If you look back there was a time before you were a runner. What do you wish you knew? What would you tell yourself? Let's look back to when you first started running.

Stephanieruns Fitness

July 1, 2018 Newsletter

Before I was a runner.....

We all started our running journey with one single step. Our heads filled with hopes, dreams and probably a lot of doubt and questions. We started with a single step and step by step we have added hundred of thousands more. I thought taking a journey back to before we started running, and what we wish we knew would be helpful. Looking at advice I would generally give new runners can help us look at our training and make adjustments we hadn't considered. Of course I also want you to revisit your running journey and reflect on how far you've come. Sometimes we are hard on ourselves. Especially when we aren't reaching goals or milestones as quickly as we'd like. When we look back we can truly see how far we've come. So let's go over some tips I wish I new before I was a runner.

Top Tips for Runners (New or Old)

1) Running is an individual journey. You are running against yourself and your goals. Sometimes when we start running we think 'if so and so can run a 5km in blank time I should be able to as well.' Step back from that thinking and set goals and milestones for yourself. Watch yourself get stronger and stronger.

2) Your feet are your foundation. Yes running is one of the cheaper sports and is very accessible but don't skimp out on your shoes. Go to a knowledgable running store and let them watch you run and try on lots of shoes. What shoe someone else runs in might not be right for you. Also go shoe shopping in the afternoon when your feet are more swollen so you get a better fit.

3) Find a support system. This can be a running buddy, club or clinic. Find people who you click with and lean on them for support. These people will help share your successes and be there for you when you can't run or have had a bad run. A strong support system is important.

4) Know the source of information you're reading. There's so much running information out there it's important when you're seeking advice that you make sure the source of the information is reliable. Also look to see if you're reading sponsored content. It's important to note that there will be times when you need to go to an expert and pay for their expert advice.

5) Rest is part of training. When you first start running it feels good and you never want to stop running, but you need to rest. Rest is a part of your training not an after thought. Treat your rest days as seriously as your workouts.

6) Injury means you need to stop running. This might seem like common sense but it's worth repeating. You can't run when you're injured. As a runner you need to learn the difference between muscle soreness/fatigue and injury. If there's ever any doubt always seek medical attention. Knowing when you can run again depends on what your medical team says.

7) Don't forget to have fun! We don't run and workout for punishment we do it because we love it. We love the way we feel and we love reaching new goals. Try not to forget to have fun. Kids don't exercise they play.

8) Play the long game. You have years to run. Running is not a fad, it's part of our active lifestyle. You probably have at least 20 to 30 years to run maybe more. When you remember that you're playing the long game, a day off here or there isn't as big of a deal.

I hope these tips have reminded you not only how far you've come as a runner but reminded you to have fun with your running. What other tips would you add? Send me an e-mail, tweet or message. I'd love to hear from you.

Weekly Challenge: Look Back

This week i'm challenging you to take a journey back to when you first started running. Compare where you are now to where you were when you first started running.

When I started running I was running one minute intervals. I have since gone on to run half marathons and even a marathon. I think when you can see how far you come it becomes easier to celebrate your small training successes.

I hope this challenge will help re-energize your training and help you be a little bit easier on yourself when your training doesn't go as planned.

If you need help with this challenge send me an e-mail. I'd love to help. I'd also love to know how you do with this.

Send me a tweet and let me know what you think of this challenge. 

A Little Bit of Running Advice

This week I asked on social media what tips you would have for new runners. I want to share some of the great responses I received on twitter with you.

@FitAt50 @DaveSpursFan said:

"I would have started 10 yrs earlier! Better later than never though."

Boundary Conditions said:

"It will suck at first. Just stick with it & be amazed by what you're able to do each day. -bb"

Jen Lefforge @Jenlefforge said:

"Your goal is to be at this for several decades. So rest when you need to, push when it feels right, and do YOU the best you can."

Remember the twitter running community is always there to celebrate your run and be there if things aren't going as planned. If you have any tips tweet them to me @srunsfitness and I'll share them!

Please send me a quick e-mail and let me know what topics you want me to cover in this newsletter. I want to make sure I'm creating content you want to read!

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Let's keep the conversation going all week on social media! 

 

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Disclaimer: Always seek medical advice before starting an exercise program. This newsletter is not medical advice. Medical advice should be sought from a medical professional. Stephanieruns Fitness assumes no liability for any injuries or damages as a result of the above content.

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