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A 3 Step Beginner’s Guide to Running this Spring

Getting back into the running groove doesn’t always happen as quickly or easily as we'd like it to. I participated in a learn to run program last fall at one of our amazing retailers and leader in Canadian running @RunningRoom. In hindsight, it was not the best time to start running with winter looming, but I did learn everything I needed to know. Long story short, I’m ready to gear up and hit the road once again! 

Here are some of my quick running tips, which got me going:

  1. Check Your Shoes One of the first steps in getting back to your running routine is to make sure you have a good pair of running shoes. Head over to a reputable footwear store with a big selection and knowledgeable staff like @FootLocker and get fitted. (Yes! They actually help you find shoes for your foot shape and running style!) Enjoy, that was the easy part.

I love my ASICS Women's Gel-Kayano 19 Running Shoe, Hot Red/White. I actually love wearing them, because they look as good as they feel AND when you look good, you feel good! IMO

  1. More on Dress Spring can be a tricky time of year for choosing the right gear, thanks to unexpected weather changes in a moment’s notice. The answer – layers. 
  • Choose a wicking fabric as your first layer to draw moisture off your skin, like merino wool, bamboo or cotton.
  • Dress for 15-20 degrees warmer than it actually is, since our body temperature will rise throughout the run…feeling a little chilly before you begin is a good sign that you’re not overdressed.
  • Look for layers that can easily be tied around your waist once you begin to warm up. This jacket is one of my fav’s from MEC.
  1. Timing I personally get side stitches when I run, sometimes worse than others. So I have to strategically time when I head out. First thing in the morning works well for me. I get up, get ready, eat half of a SoLo bar with a few sips of water, get the little people off to school, and then I hit the road…this gives me just enough time to fuel my body for the run without causing cramping.

Don’t Over Do It! Life is not a race, so take your time and build up your pace. I aim for 20-30 minutes out at a time. If you’re anything like me, just getting the kids ready is like running a marathon! So my advice to any new runner is to thank yourself for getting this far,  if you get tired during your run, slow down and enjoy a nice brisk walk to start your day… because you deserve it.