I came up with this post last night after learning something very important about running, in relation to what I should not be eating prior to a run 🙂
1) Going out for a run can make me feeling better or more alive in the evening
Some nights I really don’t feel like running or exercising at all. I just want to grab a bowl of ice cream and watch television. You all probably know that tired, lazy feeling that you get in the evening. I find that going out for a run, even a short one, helps rejuvenate me and allow me to get a few more hours of work in.
2) Eating an ice cream sundae, prior to a run is an extremely bad idea
This was last nights lesson. Extremely bad idea when you already have a sensitivity to milk based products.
3) A race is not a time to try out new athletic wear
One word: chafing. Some athletic clothes just rub the wrong way and there is nothing more annoying (and potentially painful) than clothing rubbing during a long distance race. I have a running skirt that does this – just not the outfit to wear during a 10K
4) Purchase more than three sports bras, and always have a spare lying around
Another lesson last night. I will admit to owning only 3 sports bras – I’m slowly building my collection, but they are pricey! Yesterday was laundry day and all my sports bras were wet when it came time for my evening run, whoops! Wearing a regular bra while running is just as bad as eating an ice cream sundae before a run. Halfway through my run, I remembered that I did indeed have a back up sports bra tucked in my dresser.
5) You can run without music, and sometimes it is better that way
For the past couple of weeks I have not run with music on. During the later evening, at dusk, I do not run with music on for safety reasons, but evening middle of the morning runs I rarely listen to music. I kind of feel that listening to music during a race gives me an extra boost during a race. However, saying that, I also like running the bigger races without headphones in because it is nice to listen to the crowd cheering you on and encourage you to just keep running. I will never forget one race a couple of years ago that I stopped to walk and immediately heard my co-coach screaming “what the hell are you doing? Run!!!” on the sidelines.
6) Finding proper footwear is important. Buying shoes because they are pretty is not the way to go
Last year’s injury was brought on by poor footwear. When I was just running 1-5Km, it didn’t matter as much, but once I started running more than 5K regularly, I felt nagging pain in my ankle from footwear that wasn’t appropriate to my feet needs. After being in pain from KM 7-10 during the Ottawa I promptly took my bottom to The Running Room and was fitted for proper shoes. Injury went away!
7) Cotton shirts are not for running
Every time I’ve run a race or just gone for a run in a cotton shirt, I’ve regretted by wardrobe choice. Tech shirts all the way!
8) Headbands are a requirement
I really do not like my hair flipping about and getting into my eyes while out on a run. I have some Lululemon bands, sweaty bands and a “WTF – Where is the Finish?” headband. I may colour coordinate with the rest of the outfit….
One of my fave bands is in my school’s colours – blue and orange!
9) You need fuel to run, but do not overdo it
There is a fine line between needed enough food to get through a run, and eating too much food that you want to barf. I cannot run on an empty stomach, but too much food (and too much of certain kinds of foods) = stomach upset. I do like eating energy chews before a race, but a few hours prior I like to eat a meal with pasta or rice. During a race, I am not a fan of sports drinks, but prefer plain ol’water.
10) You CAN run
Ending with this piece of motivational advice. Back in the day, I was unable to run a mile. I always thought (and sometimes still think) that I am not much of a long distance runner. For my first 5K, I thought I would finish in 40 minutes, not 33 minutes. At one time I thought that I would not be able to run a 5K without stopping. I also thought I would never be able to run a half marathon. But I did. This year I am hoping to get a bit faster in all three of my races (5K, 10K, and half) and maybe dabble in a wee little marathon action. Who knew this former sprinter could run more than a mile 😉
What are some of the things you have learned?
When is the last time you surprised yourself?
Who is your biggest cheerleader?