Thank you to Skechers for sponsoring today’s discussion. All stories and opinions are 100% my own.
Are you a newbie runner? Have you been running for awhile but it just hasn’t “stuck” with you just yet? Well, no worries…I’ve got some running tips for you to help you get the most benefit when you go out and hit the pavement (or treadmill!). One of the best things about running is it can be performed anywhere. Definitely no gym membership required! I do have to say…running is not for everyone (have bad knees/hips/ankles…probably not a good idea!!). If you’ve never run before, I highly recommend you go have a conversation with your doctor about your interest. Make sure you are cleared for this kind of exercise before you decide to go pound the pavement!!
TIP #1: Buy a pair of good running shoes! This is a must! They have to fit properly. And no ifs ands or buts on this one! If you are unsure of what type of shoe you need to be in, go find yourself a local running store. Let someone fit you into a shoe. They will most likely watch you walk barefoot so that they can see your gait and foot fall pattern. Super important in the type of shoe they end up putting you in.
I’ve been running in the new Skechers GoRun3 Awareness Special Edition Running Shoe (for Breast Cancer Awareness). It’s got a really great fit to it and it came with an additional insert to help give me some more support while running.
Here are some additional features for the GoRun3 Awareness Special Edition Running Shoe:
Designed for speed with innovative performance technologies to promote a midfoot strike, it fosters a barefoot running experience while offering cushioning and impact protection.
• Improved breathability and flexibility
• Roomy forefoot. 3 layer Power-prene mesh on front panel allows for support while offering ample room for toe splay
• GOimpulse sensors offer flexibility and feedback for a responsive running experience
• M-Strike Technology™ promotes a midfoot strike
• Custom Fit insole is removable for an even more minimal feel
• 4mm Heel Drop to bring you closer to a natural barefoot experience
• Resalyte™ Midsole – Proprietary lightweight injection-molded compound with memory retention helps absorb impact
• Nearly seamless flexible mesh upper with lace up front
TIP #2: Hydrate Hydrate Hydrate. It’s not always easy to run with water. I do recommend using some sort of fanny pack or carrying a bottle of water (even though that is super annoying while running…lol…at least for me!) Hydrate well before you go for a run. And hydrate after you finish!
TIP #3: Start off at a brisk walk to get your body warmed up and then do some stretching before you start running. It’s never a good idea to head out the door and immediately start off in a run. Give your body a chance to get warmed up and stretched out before you start running. I typically walk through one workout song and then get going.
TIP #4: Breathe. That might sound obvious but most people hold their breath when running. Work on a breathing cadence while you run. It will help keep your stomach cramping/side stitches at bay. I typically breathe in 3 counts and breathe out 3 counts. Or some sort of even number. I try and stay super focused on this breathing method because otherwise my body will start cramping. Annoying!
TIP #5: Sunscreen. If you are running during daylight hours, slather on the sunscreen! Wear some sunnies and/or a hat too!
TIP #6: Tell someone you are going for a run. If you are running by yourself, tell someone. Tell them your route and when you are heading out. Call them when you finish so that they know you are back and safe. I know that sounds like a weird running tip, but you never know.
TIP #7: Cool Down. When you finish your run, remember cooling down is just as important as warming up. Walk through another workout song. Stretch. It’ll help your body return to its resting temperature.
TIP #8: Don’t worry about your pace. Just get out a run. Or run/walk. If you’ve never run before, I suggest a running program such as Couch-2-5k. It’s like a 9 week running program to get you to being able to complete a 5k distance (3.1 miles).
TIP #9: Don’t try and run a half-marathon your first time out! Again, pace yourself. Start out with 5-10 minutes of running. Give yourself some time (especially your body) to the new exercise.
These 9 Running Tips will for sure help you in your running adventures!
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and Skechers Performance is joining the American Cancer Society in the fight to end breast cancer. The American Cancer Society is doing the most for people with breast cancer today to end the disease tomorrow.
Cancer is such a cruel thing. My mom was taken from my family October 26, 2006. She was 54 years old when cancer won. This time of year is always a lot harder for me and I want all the more to help KICK CANCER’S BUTT!! I knew when I learned of Skechers’ efforts that it would be something I could proudly support: Exercise and finding a cure.
Let’s KICK CANCER’S BUTT!!! Skechers Performance has created this special line to help with awareness and is also donating to the American Cancer Society. Do your part by purchasing one of these awesome items (shoes, tees, sports bra, leggings or jacket) and show off your support for KICKING CANCER’S BUTT!
Skechers Performance Division’s support will help the American Cancer Society continue to invest in ground breaking research, provide comprehensive support to people diagnosed with breast cancer, and advocate for laws that ensure access for women who need it so more lives are saved.
What are you waiting for?? The pavement is calling your name!! Grab some shoes, follow my running tips and let’s help KICK CANCER’S BUTT!!