Running 101: Things Every Runner Should Know

Running 101 is GoGirlRun’s new series to make sure you are in the know!  Running is hard enough without the frustration of mistakes easily avoided.

There are some very simple things that will make your running the best it can be.  Woohoo!  Hallelujah!  Sign me up!  Can it happen today?!   Yes, it can.  However, if you skip those very same things they can easily make your running T-E-R-R-I-B-L-E and convince you that you are a failure or “not designed to run.”  Who wants that?  Who wants to run when they feel like a failure?  Not me.

The Go Girl Run Running 101 series is designed to make sure you know all the simple tips that make your running great whether you are a new runner or a seasoned athlete.

Socks, Blisters and Bad Assumptions

One thing I have recently realized is that I assume a lot of things. We all do.   If you have been running for 2 years or more, I would assume that you know the importance of socks. Running is a pretty simple sport, and I would say for women the first three things you should buy are shoes, a bra, and good socks.

So, it seems logical that any somewhat seasoned runner would have a few good pairs of running socks.

I found out that is a poor assumption.

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A few years ago, I went to the Country Music Marathon in Nashville with some great friends. The key word here is friends. These are people I know well and had probably been in our running store 100 different times.

My sweet friend Holly took off her shoes after the race to show me all of her blisters. My first reaction was “What socks were you wearing?” Her reply, “I don’t know. Some cheap socks out of my drawer.” I about fell over. What?!  How could this be?

That was a bad assumption on my part, but it taught me a lesson.

We shouldn’t assume that even seasoned runners know the basics OR that we don’t all need to be reminded of them from time to time.

Introducing Running 101: Things Every Runner Should Know

With that in mind, in this ongoing series, we will make sure you know the basics, the things we assume you know but might forget to tell you, things you are afraid to ask or maybe don’t even know to ask

Here are some of the questions we will be answering

  • Are socks important? And if so, why? I mean, they are just socks, right?
  • How important are shoes and how do I find a good pair?
  • Is there actually a running bra that can hold up these big girls?
  • I am smart enough to download a training plan, but how do I tweak it when I get sick or if I started late, or I am going on a wicked awesome cruise on which I WILL NOT be running?
  • How the heck do I know how far and how often to run?
  • Running would be WAY better if I did not have so much trouble with breathing!
  • I started this whole running gig to lose weight and you would think that with all these miles I have trudged through that I would lose a pound, but I haven’t. Help?!
  • Is there anything I should know about running in the heat?
  • Is it realistic to actually consider running outside in the winter?
  • My knee/foot/back/hip hurts. What should I do?
  • What do I need to know to write my own training plan?
  • If I kind of want to clean up my diet, what are a few things I can do, minus cutting out my grande, half-caf, caramel mocha?
  • My long runs are terrible! Is there something I am doing wrong? Should I be drinking or eating anything?

These are just a few of the articles we will be releasing in our Running 101 series. At GoGirlRun, we care about your success. PLEEEEEZ let us know if there other questions that we can answer.



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