Generally speaking, running is pretty simple. Throw on shorts and t-shirt, lace up your sneakers, maybe press “Go” on a watch, and hit the road. Right? But as “simple” as it is, if you’re aspiring toward reaching a certain distance or hitting a race PR, there really can be so much more to it. So much so that it can feel overwhelming.
This year, my gift guide for runners happens to include one of my all-time favorite books — Haruki Murakami’s “ What I Talk About When I Talk About Running. ” And not only is it a beautiful, enjoyable read — whether you love to run or not — but it’s also chock full of some really poignant running advice. And what runner doesn’t love a great inspirational quote about the sport they adore oh-so-much? I know I do, and I’m pretty sure you all do too 😉
When I started running, I knew nothing except how to tie my shoes and put one foot in front of the other. And to be honest, I could barely do that. Finishing one lap around the track was truly a struggle for me. I was a total newbie in every single way, but I decided that I would just get started and figure it out along way. And that approach is fine. I'm still here. I've finished 2 full marathons and I'm currently training for my 8th half marathon. But if I could do it all over again, there are maybe just a few things I wish I had known about before I got started. A few simple tips like the ones I'm about to share probably could've helped me avoid some mistakes, like developing super painful shin splints and sometimes feeling frustrated with my training.
Yes, to get started running is challenging (especially if you're brand new). And even though it's a fairly simple sport, it can also feel overwhelming since there's so much information about it — from what type of sneakers to get to what types of foods to eat for optimal performance — available. But while you'll likely face a physical challenge when you get started with running, the actually getting started and figuring out the lay of the land part doesn't have to be so hard!
To some the following statement might sound weird, but so far this winter I've already had the pleasure of being able to enjoy three or four snowy weather runs. How can running in the snow be enjoyable, you ask? Well, it's all about having the right gear. If you're dressed right with the best winter running gear, running in the cold, and yes, even the snow (and even while it's snowing) won't feel like a drag.
Running in the cold: to many that phrase sounds pretty unpleasant. In fact, doing anything outside in the winter can sound pretty unpleasant. Especially when you have the choice of being warm and cozy inside. But after spending some time with the "it's too cold to run outside" mentality, I finally decided to at least give it a try and, to my surprise, found that it can be not just bearable, but actually enjoyable.