My husband Rock, who also happens to be a certified running coach too, is offering up today’s guest post. Thanks Rock!
Hello Everyone. My name is Rock and my beautiful wife Sarah has agreed to let me do a guest post on her awesome blog!!!! Sarah and I are both running coaches and this post is about something that has recently been on my mind.
I will never forget one of the first group runs I led for a team. It was a group of new runners who were very eager to get started but I almost laughed when I saw some of the outfits they showed up in.
To name a few things I saw…baggy sweatpants. Extra long basketball shorts. Beats headphones. Heavy sweatshirts. Thick key rings jingling in pockets. Bulging wallets tucked into the waistbands of shorts.
People…”Streamline line it!!!” I wanted to scream.
Running is hard enough. Don’t get weighed down by things that will become uncomfortable and cumbersome a mile into the run. I understand that as a new runner it can be hard to wear some shorter shorts or something that is skintight, but you just have to get over it and realize that in doing so it will make your running easier. You will also see that you are not the only one out there in a tank top and leggings.
Ditch the heavy baggy cotton clothes and find some sweat wicking stuff that works for your. Leave the giant headphones at home and get some running ones, (the extra bass is not going to matter at mile 8 but the extra weight definitely will!).
Bring a car key and a house key and put them in a running pack. A Spi-belt works great or Sarah’s new personal favorite the Flip Belt. She has been wearing one since her Spi-belt became uncomfortable due to the baby and now she loves it! Stick a $20 bill in there with an ID and a credit card and call it good. You don’t need your Costco card to go for a run!
A good rule of thumb is to dress like it’s 20 degrees warmer than the air temp. Once you get going you will warm up and if you have too many layers on you will spend your whole run ditching clothes. Keep something warm in the car for after you finish.
Before a race I like to get my hair cut and if I have any facial hair I trim it up nice and short. I think it will make me faster! I know it’s all in my head but that’s where a lot of running takes place, in your head. Every little bit helps and whatever makes you feel better on a run I am all for it.
Now I’m not saying ditch everything. If you like to run with a water bottle please continue to do so. If you need fuel then of course bring it with you. But if there are things you can pare down to streamline your running go ahead and give it a shot!
And please let me know what you guys do to help make you feel like you are cutting through the miles like a knife!