Well I was right. The place I’m staying in San Salvador isn’t ideal for running outside. It’s not that I’m in a dangerous part of town. It’s just that there’s a good chance I’d get hit by a car if I ran outside. Which means from today until Thursday I’ll be doing all my runs on a treadmill. I really wish this wasn’t the case. I love exploring the places I visit through my runs. I guess I’ll be exploring this place through the window of a car.
ALLOW YOURSELF TO BE A NEW RUNNER! you cannot expect 60 mile weeks and sub-7 minute miles off the bat; it takes time
get fitted for shoes at a running specialty store!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (please do this, if not for your poor little feet, do it for me). then if they’re too expensive, find them cheaper online at a website like 6pm or roadrunnersports (obviously support the store if you can because running stores are the bomb and they took the time to help you, but if you truly can’t splurge like that i feel you) – keep in mind to ask about student/any discounts that may be available to you!
BUILD A BASE! before you try to ramp up mileage or speed. once you’re ready to do that: pick one at a time to focus on.
replace your shoes every 300-400 miles or so
if you chafe, get body glide. it looks like deodorant but you can rub it anywhere and it’s basically magic
water is very important
stretching is also important
foam rollers are worth the investment
if you’re doing long runs you need fuel, try gels or bars or bananas, whatever you can stomach… some people even just have a mini candy bar or something! and carbs the night/day before long runs are good
try and eat within 30 minutes of your run, even just a small snack
you don’t have to start off running full marathons in your first few years as a runner. put in your dues, a 5k you worked for is just as impressive
Running will be there 7am while he’s on his work shift. The hills and trails will be there when there are no arms to comfort you. The clouds will gaze down upon your most glorious moments when no soul is there to witness them. The trees will never utter anything about your messy braid, no makeup or sweaty shirt. Only love what can love you back unconditionally.