I’ll admit it, I haven’t been out running. I did write in March about running season being here, and then the temperature dropped again, and the snow was falling, and I just couldn’t put on my sneakers and get outside.
Now I have no excuse! The weather is officially beautiful and I have a vacation in less than a month that requires wearing bikinis! So I went for my first run, after talking myself into it for an hour (I’m not kidding. I was texting everyone I could think of, about anything, just so I didn’t have to go). So I asked myself, what’s the worst that can happen?
I would get cramps? I did.
My face would turn red? It did.
It would be challenging? It was.
I might pass out from exhaustion and die?! I didn’t.
I would regret it? Never! I have never regretted a run, yoga class, or other workout after having done it.
So, I went out. Five minutes into the run I realized several things I seem to have forgotten:
- Run slower. I have always had a hard time pacing myself. I blame the fact that I was a sprinter in high school and never ran more than 800m (or twice around the track for those who have no conception of distance). Luckily, I now have enough experience to know when I’m pushing too hard too soon, and how to slow down.
- Wear less clothing. It’s so easy to overdress and I could have easily gotten away with a tank top and shorts. Especially as I’m trying to get back into shape, an unfit body heats up more quickly because it’s working harder. Dress like it’s 10 degrees warmer.
- Bring ID. This is something I often forget and it’s pretty stupid. Anything could happen and no one would know who I am! The iPhone now has a Health App that is accessible by emergency responders, I really should fill out the info. Another great idea for iPhone users (and may be available on other phones as well) is share your location. This allows the person you’ve shared your location with to be able to see where you are.
- Buy bananas. I always get cramps when I run and I’m not sure why I thought it would be different this time. Eating a banana an hour before a run always helps.
- Don’t bring all the keys on the keychain. Although I love my Toronto Keys to the City, they are of no use to me on a run. Leave all the extra keys at home, they will just weigh you down.
- No more pedicures. Soft, pretty feet are not runner’s feet. I didn’t get a blister last night, but I came dangerously close (and I wear double-layer runner’s socks). From now on, nail polish only!
Is there anything you think is essential before heading out for a run? I’d love to hear!