Chicago Marathon 2017: shoes

What started out as a light at the end of the tunnel I was in has turned into the brightest star in the sky for me. This past Sunday October 8th I ran 26.2 miles for the first time in my life. And not just for myself, but to bring clean water to those who…

Chicago Marathon 2017: shoes was originally published on Self Evolve

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What started out as a light at the end of the tunnel I was in has turned into the brightest star in the sky for me. This past Sunday October 8th I ran 26.2 miles for the first time in my life. And not just for myself, but to bring clean water to those who need it in Africa. Through the help of many who donated out of love, I was able to provide clean water to 26 people for their lifetime! One person for each mile I ran in Chicago on Sunday. Aside from the amazing support system I found in my friends and family, many people have been interested in what I used to help me get through the training and prepare myself mentally and physically to run my first-ever marathon. So I’m going to take some time, write a few posts, and make a few videos on what helps me log my miles, run farther, and run faster.

For someone just starting to run, there are a few essentials you need to run. These are nonnegotiable items that without running would be very hard if not nearly impossible.

  • Running shoes. (I know there are barefoot runners out there, and more power to you if you’re one of them!)
  • Running clothes. (shorts, shirt, bra, and socks)
  • For long distances, a water bottle to stay hydrated and a way to fuel yourself (for distances over 10 miles).
  • Reflective gear/lights if you’re running in the dark. (i.e. early morning or late night runs)

These are nice things to have but aren’t necessarily needed:

  • A way to track your run. This can be anything from a printed map of your route to using a device or your phone with GPS to track your pace in addition to your distance and route.
  • Something to carry your stuff including that water bottle. I.e. your keys, phone, and anything else you might need to keep with you while running.
  • Headphones/music to listen to. This tends to help on those really long runs.
  • Gym membership/access to a treadmill to pace yourself and incorporate incline training.

Today I’m going to start out basic and talk about shoes. I know I’ve written about shoes and the importance of getting fitted before but this is more specifically related to the shoes I used to train and get through my first marathon. And yes I went through two pairs!

I got fitted by Fleet Feet Sports in Lincoln Square back in August 2014. I was fitted and fell in instant love with the Brooks Ravenna 5. As running shoe brands keep coming out with new models, the old models get discontinued so it is nearly impossible to find the Ravenna 5’s these days. I upgraded to the 6 when I had to, and they worked just as well for me. It was when I tried the 7’s that things started to go awry. I quickly stopped using my new 7’s and switched back to the 6 (thankfully they were still available and I was able to grab up an extra pair). So the Ravenna 6 is what I ran in during Marathon training and through the race itself.
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I love these shoes, but unfortunately they are hard to find since now the Ravenna 8’s are out! I plan on trying the 8’s in hopes they may be better than the 7’s, but I also am open to other shoes. Being a part of the running community in Oak Park, I have been given many opportunities to try other brands and types of running shoes during a short and sweet 3 mile run or sometimes a little longer. I’ve found that running in shoes for 3 miles is a decent way to test them out and enjoy trying other brands of shoes to see which types help or hinder my running style.

What shoes do you wear while running? Do you like more cushion or less? Or somewhere in-between? Do you have a source for old, retired shoes and if so, please comment below!

 

Chicago Marathon 2017: shoes was originally published on Self Evolve

Running with the runs

If you’re a runner, you’ve likely either have heard of or experienced firsthand a case of runner’s diarrhea. I’ve been a semi-serious runner for about four years now and I can safely say that my running friends are the ones I know the most about in regards to their bowel movements. There’s a special level of…

Running with the runs was originally published on Self Evolve

If you’re a runner, you’ve likely either have heard of or experienced firsthand a case of runner’s diarrhea. I’ve been a semi-serious runner for about four years now and I can safely say that my running friends are the ones I know the most about in regards to their bowel movements. There’s a special level of friendship that you achieve once you spend hours running with someone. All modesty goes out the window.

I’m here to share some expert (or just witty) tips to avoid running with the runs. These may help you run further without having to pop a squat.

  • Pay close attention to what you eat before a run. Not just the day of, but also the day before. If you’re consuming a lot of fiber, expect a lot of poo to follow. Most runners learn what works best for them. For me, a light breakfast i.e. a banana and Clif bar does the trick prior to my long runs. Avoiding cheese, dairy, and lots of fiber the day before also helps.
  • Try your absolute best to poop before running, like when you first wake up. And for me, avoiding coffee until after the run helps me not have the urge to go.
  • You may be trotting along and get what I call bubble gut. Is it a fart? Or a poop? General rule of thumb: don’t trust a fart after mile 10. Some runners don’t trust a fart ever.
  • If you do have the urgency to go, please find a bathroom or port-a-potty. It’s not worth it to destroy your clothes and dignity just to get that goal race time. Just saying.
  • If you are gonna pop a squat and have no other option, come prepared with toilet paper or something similar to wipe the bum. No one likes chafing poo.

I hope these tips help you on your long runs and on race day. Let me know what works for you in the comments below! And happy running!

Running with the runs was originally published on Self Evolve

Running for beginners

Are you looking to increase your cardio? Are you looking to get into running but don’t know where to start? Do you hate running but want a runner’s body? If you answered yes, this article is for you. Some background on me, I used to hate running with a passion. Despite being good at it,…

Running for beginners was originally published on Self Evolve

Are you looking to increase your cardio? Are you looking to get into running but don’t know where to start? Do you hate running but want a runner’s body? If you answered yes, this article is for you. Some background on me, I used to hate running with a passion. Despite being good at it,…

Running for beginners was originally published on Self Evolve