This is Scott, over at One White Guy. He’s a bestie of mine, and has been for like, 10 years now? That makes me sounds really old, but I promise, I’m not.
Anyhoo, Scott suggested a really really good blog topic, so I credit this entire masterpiece that you’re about to get. 🙂
I’m a new runner. When do I….
…Invest in “real” shoes?
The first thing that you do, even if you don’t consider yourself a “real” runner (which I hate, if you run, you’re a “real” runner), is invest in a good pair of shoes. When you go running in a crappy pair of shoes, and your feet throb after, you’re never really going to want to run again. Reduce your chances of wanting to quit, and invest in a good pair as soon as you decide you’re going for a run. Plus I think pretty new shoes are a great way to motivate yourself.
…Spend a good bit of money of a sports bra?
Well that really depends? How big are are your breasts? If you’re a smaller chested women, I’m thinking small C and below, you can get away with a perhaps, not as expensive bra, maybe like you’d find at a Target. However, if you’re a mid C and above, or if you’ve ever had the experience of having to put two bras on, it’s time to drop some cash on a real bra. Your nipples and your breast tissue will thank you when it’s not being chafed and stretched all over the place.
…Buy shorts/shirts (running apparel) other than the t-shirts/shorts I have in my drawers
This is one of those things that I think you can wait on, especially if you don’t have particularly sensitive skin. Wear your t-shirts and shorts until you get sick of running around in sopping wet clothes, and invest in a few pieces that you can reuse again and again.
…invest in a gps watch
This is one that can wait too. I love love love my GPS watch, and I’m a big fan of Garmin and their products, however, with the advent of Smart Phones, generally there is some type of app you can download. The app will not be as accurate (Garmin is accurate within 5 feet), and the life of the phone can be a lot shorter if you have a music app opened up along with a GPS app. This is one of the products that is extremely useful, and luckily, Garmin has a few products that aren’t $400 that you can choose if you’re really in want of a GPS.
…Buy a pair of socks for $15/pair
…Start taking Gu/nutritional supplements.
At the point at which you’re running for an hour or more, it’s time to explore the ideas of nutrition, especially if you’re a person who is sensitive to shifts in your blood sugar. If you’re planning one of those longer runs, take one of these before (with a lot of water), and then one about every 45 minutes. Experiment prior to a race situation because these things (some of them) have been known to cause stomach problems. I avoid the ones with caffeine generally.
…Start carrying water.
Same rules as nutrition. If you’re running for over an hour, take water. If it’s hot, take water. If you’re just a thirsty lady or gent, take water.
Do you think I covered it all? What other questions do you have?