- Make new friends. (I’ve met so many people along my running journey and have joined some running clubs)
- Being with mother nature. Nothing is more rewarding then running outside and enjoying the scenery along the way.
- Improve your over all self-esteem
- Get an energy boost. I noticed after running I am full of energy to start my day.
- Sleep better.
- Stress reliever (big one right here, running lets your mind stop thinking of all that stress and focus on your run, you’ll be surprised after your run that your stress is gone)
- Increase stamina
What made you decide to be a runner? I started running when I was around 14. I just wanted to be outside one day and thought I should go for a run. Later that school year, the high school cross country coach saw me running in gym and thought I had good endurance and asked me to come out for the team. I ran varsity cross-country four years in high school and was captain my senior year. I continued running for exercise in college then begin running half marathons.
I just started training for my 2nd marathon and I sometimes wish I came across some marathon tips like this when I ran my first marathon. I was overloaded with gear I really didn’t need or use. Here is a list of things NOT to do when you run a marathon.
-Not drinking enough fluids during the race. Running 26.2 miles is pretty grueling. You should be drinking at least 3.0 to 4.0 liters of water during the marathon. Take advantage of those water stops.
-Eating the wrong foods before the race. Kick the habit and don’t jump in the car and hit up McDonald’s also don’t try anything new. While running your stomach takes an impact. Try and stick with similar foods you’ve been eating throughout your training. Your stomach will thank you.
-Wearing something new on race day. Don’t go out buy a really cute outfit for the marathon. Especially a new pair of sneakers.
– Don’t start training a few weeks before your scheduled marathon debut. Training is very crucial. Take your time and try and start training months in advance. Practice is key.
-Not adding anti chaffing products on those delicate areas. Let’s be real here some of us chafe some of us are lucky and don’t chafe at all. If you do chafe, body glide will be your best friend. I apply it to my ankles.
-Wearing cotton. I fell for this during my first marathon..I wore a cotton t shirt and I chafed and the sweaty shirt feeling BLECK!!!
-Starting the race off like buzz light year. Start off at your normal pace. If your set off to run the race fast and trained for it that way then be my guest. But if you trained at an average pace stick with that pace. There is plenty of time at the end if you have the energy to gun hoe to the finish.
-Not being dedicated to your training. Like a relationship you must stay dedicated. Trust your training. It is so important and a major role played in running a marathon.
-Running in the wrong sneakers. Some statistics say to change your shoes out every 300-400 miles. Don’t buy a brand spanking new pair of shoes on race day to go with your new race day “outfit”. Shoes are super super important and play a big role in helping you run that marathon. You want to be comfortable. Buying a brand new pair before race day can cause injury, blisters and are not broken in properly. DON’T DO IT!!
-Forgetting to eat after the BIG finish. Running a marathon burns a considerable amount of calories and your body looses a lot nutrients you must replenish them after a race. EAT THAT BIG MEAL at McDonald’s now if you like. (Although I don’t recommend it). Don’t fall into any of these mistakes some of us make on race day. Running a marathon is a serious challenging distance. Do the right things to ensure you are comfortable, injury free and remember to enjoy the rewarding experience. What are some mistakes you’ve made preparing for a marathon or any race distance? I’d like to hear about them.
In celebration of my 32nd birthday I figured why not just make a funny post of some of the things I can relate to being a 80’s baby and a 90’s kid. I also have a pinterest board dedicated to my childhood. You can view it here.
Who remembers playing The Oregon Trail on the MacIntosh computer? I could play this game hours on end at school or at a friends house during sleepovers. I don’t think I ever beat the game. I always died of dysentery.
I’m so guilty of this every time I hear someone say “STOP”, I finish with HAMMERTIME! What the heck was up with those pants?
OK I’m not embarrassed to admit that I was HUGE Hanson fan. I absolutely loved them. Still enjoy listening to them to this day and no not once did I think they were EVER girls
AIM before social media and texting came about. I remember searching for my friends on AIM and looking at peoples profiles and joining chat rooms. Loved hearing that sound that I received a message.
We all had celebrity crushes as teens. My very first crush was JTT aka Jonathan Taylor Thomas. You can thank Home Improvement for feeding me my crush once a week on TV. Then the posters on the walls began. When his character had a “cancer scare” on the show I thought my world was going to come crashing down all around me and I seriously thought I was going to marry him someday. What ever happened to him anyway?
Boy Meets World was another one of my favorite shows. We all dreamed for a love like Cory and Topanga’s. To this day I watch reruns and now love the spin-off on Disney Channel. Girl Meets World.
What is some of your favorite things you remember from your childhood?