So a friend of mine asked me to help her to learn to run. She says she admires the weight loss change I have undergone and wants help to do the same. I hesitated. I pondered. I hummed and hawed.
Could she do it. Would she stick to it. etc...
I know getting to where I am has taken hard work. I know I am only started on my journey with a lot more road ahead me then behind me. I know the biggest plus I have had in my favor is I know everything I fall down I get back up again and keep running. I wanted to learn to run not to lose weight but to prove to myself that I could do it. Losing weight was just a great bonus. I now run more because I love the runners high than for weight loss and I have bigger running goals I want to prove to myself that I can achieve.
So I have decided I will share with her my experience and join her on hers if she wants me to but it is her journey to take. If she never starts so be it. If she starts but decides it is not the journey for her so be it. But if she learns to love the runners high I will be right be there cheering her on when she crosses her first finish line.
So I have been typing out a Must Have List for Essentials for Learning to Run for her when I realised perhaps I should share this here.
Here is my Must Have List for a Beginning Runner
1 - Athletic Shoes
Comfort over cost and expect to budget for a new pair about every six months.
2 - Comfortable Clothing
Tech fabric is better than cotton. It does not have to be expensive gear but must be comfortable so that you can focus on the workout.
I am now having issues with bounce and I am searching for a new bra. I will be sourcing and trying out an Enell ( enell.com/
) locally very soon. I have heard nothing but positive reviews.
4 - Watch
One with interval timing function. I now have this one ( ca.shop.runningroom.com/
) and LOVE it. Do not bother getting anything more expensive. If you develop the running addiction there are plenty of tech toys to lust after in the future.
5 - Hydration Gear
I love my Hydro belt. ( ca.shop.runningroom.com/
) I consider it a must have now but since I bought it as my Learn to Run graduation gift I obviously lived without it before but I never want to again.
6 - A Plan
I am a fan of the Running Room's training programs. They taught me to run and they will be the programs I use as I work my way up the distances.
7 - Dedication
More important than any other item on the list. You cannot buy this and no one else can force it on you. You are going to have days you would rather sleep then walk/run. Too bad get out and do it. You are going to have days it snows or pours down rain. Too bad get out there and do it. There are going to be days the workout feels like torture. Your right it is tough but get it done. Later you will be happy you did. You are going to miss workouts because life gets in the way. Pick your self up and get back on plan. Others can support you but only you can make it happen.
Oh Yeah and Enjoy yourself. If every workout feels like torture running perhaps is not for you. No problem find something that is. You can always give running another try in the future. The past is not a the best predictor of the future. I once hated running now I budgeting and planning for future races.