I’m a self proclaimed “foodie”. Not the boojee kind of foodie though. I just like to eat…tacos, pizza, cheeseburgers, meatballs, spaghetti casserole (recipe coming soon!)…my all-time favorite is chips and dip recipes. The problem with my foodie trait is that most of the time I don’t burn enough of the calories to keep the muffin top down. That’s where I decided that I need to at least begin exercising. Then I can make the adjustments to my diet as I go. Since cardio is necessary to burn the fat…I thought running might be a good place to start. Couldn’t hurt right? I’ve heard so many people rave about the Couch to 5K program, and since my skin is practically fused to the couch it seemed like we would be a perfect fit!
So I downloaded the free app in the Apple app store and hopped on the treadmill. I’m assuming this is where “real runners” will want to click the X in the corner of the page…bear with me. There are supposedly two types of runners: treadmill and nature. I still haven’t decided where I fit yet. (Probably nowhere since the couch is my fortress lol). I think my first mistake was starting with a treadmill. I jumped on and clicked start on the app, it’s amazing because it literally takes you through step by step. When to run, when to walk. Even when to cool down. It is perfect for people like me who know they need to do something but aren’t quite sure what to do.
I made it through the first 2 days and then started having terrible knee pain in both knees. (see, I knew I wasn’t cut out for exercise) Just my luck. I finally found an exercise I actually liked doing and had to stop. The pain was unbearable. Sleeping was uncomfortable, every time I moved during the night I felt it. Walking down steps was worse, and looked ridiculous! I took to Google and found that it was most likely “runner’s knee”, a common problem with runners and that it could be caused by how I was running. It took weeks to go away, and you shouldn’t run while it’s healing either!
I asked around about what I could do to correct the problem and found that we have a local running store that will put you on a treadmill and watch how you are running! Then they are able to determine if there is anything you can do to fix it. Apparently my Nike running shoes didn’t offer enough support for my feet. So just because they say “running shoes” doesn’t necessarily mean they are good enough running shoes for your particular foot. So I highly suggest going to a local running shop and getting help with this purchase. It’ll save you money and potential injuries in the long run (hah, see what I did there?). At the shop they were able to help me find the right support for my foot and I ended up selecting these Saucony shoes. I wasn’t concerned with looks since these are strictly my running shoes, but they still had a pop of brightness to them so I was satisfied.
Now that I have my new running shoes, I’m going to attempt running outside. You know, in nature, not in the air conditioned gym. I’m still a beginner, I haven’t gotten to the point where I can run a solid 5k, but I’m a work in progress. The point is, I started.
I would love tips for beginners so feel free to leave them in comments below!