Archive | July, 2012

My Gear

27 Jul

I’m a Nike snob. Almost all of my athletic apparel is Nike, and I rarely use my non-Nike apparel. You’ve been warned.

My first pair of running sneakers since becoming a serious runner back in September were the Nike Lunarglide+ 3’s. I love these sneakers. After 300 miles, it was time to retire them as they no longer provide optimal support.

Ah, what beauty.

If you like these sneakers (or perhaps in a different color) I was referred to a website for good deals on sneakers. These sneakers can be found here for only $82 and only $62 in the other colors. I will definitely be purchasing these sneakers in a different color this week.

My newest running sneaker is the Nike Free Run+ 3. They have a little bit less support and more flexibility which is why I was initially hesitant to buy them. I decided to trust some online reviews and give them a shot, and I really do love them.

I have a thing for obnoxiously bright sneakers. It’s my favorite.

I use two types of running shorts: these Nike track shorts (or something very similar) and these Nike Double Up shorts. I love them both. The latter is great if you’re going to be stretching or doing other training that involves, you know, spreading your legs because they have spandex shorts underneath. I think they would be really useful if you have issues with your thighs chaffing when you run.

I also use a Nike sweatband for longer runs in humid/hot weather – it makes a HUGE difference when the sweat is out of my eyes. My shirts are a variety of Nike dri-FIT tops.

If you’re running in Soffee shorts and an old tshirt that you have lying around, I say go for it. You’re amazing just for getting out there and running. The most important article of clothing in your running career is your sneakers!

Don’t forget to check out my Tumblr for fitness motivation, inspiration, and advice!

Running Playlists

16 Jul

It has been requested quite a few times that I post my running playlist. I’ve posted it on Tumblr before, however it was just requested on Twitter, so I thought I would add it here!

I created my first running playlist when I was living in Los Angeles, and by the time I moved back to Pennsylvania 7 months later, I wanted to burn it every time I listened to it.

My mood changes even when it comes to what I like to listen to when I’m running. Sometimes I like to blast some really upbeat dance music, sometimes I like to listen to some smooth tunes like Mumford & Sons, and other times I just put on the playlist at a very low volume and listen to my breathing and my feet pounding the pavement.

I call my first playlist: “Run, bitch!”

My second and current playlist (that has been updated a bit here and there over the past few months) is called: “Run HARDER!”

I hope some of these songs help you out when you’re running, or perhaps you were just curious as to what kind of music I listen to.

Either way, keep running!

Important: Injury and How to Stop It

13 Jul

A few hours ago, I ran four miles without stopping. According to my Nike+ app on my iPhone, I haven’t run that far in one go since February when I was living in Los Angeles. By the end, my knees and ankles were in pain. I’ve run around 300 miles in my beautiful Nike sneakers, and now it’s time to let go.

It is never good to experience knee or ankle pain. I can’t stress enough how important it is to listen to your body and do whatever it takes to prevent and/or stop an injury before it can get any worse. Continuing to work joints, bones, or muscles that are clearly trying to tell you to chill out can result in an injury stopping you from all activity for weeks or even months.

Because quite a few people have told me via Tumblr and Twitter that they are about to start a running/fitness program, I find that it is very important to jump start my blog with this topic.

First of all, sneakers are very important. It isn’t just an advertising scheme! Depending on your stride, type of running, and preference, sneakers can give you the appropriate support to put less strain on your joints. When you’re first starting to run, I see nothing wrong with using the old sneakers that are sitting in the back of your closet. If you’re just getting started, you aren’t going to be running such extreme distances. If you’ve kept it up for a few weeks and you’re really getting into it, then I would recommend looking into a pair of legit running sneakers. Good sneakers can run you anywhere from $80-$150 (they can go well into the hundreds, but it isn’t necessary).

Second, injury can be caused by overworking yourself. If you just started running, don’t suddenly run three miles each night for a week. Your body needs to get used to it and your muscles need to recover. If you are so excited about your newfound motivation to work out, cross train (walk, bike, swim, hike, etc.) in between running days so you don’t feel like you’re missing a work out.

Third, don’t get so excited that after a couple of weeks, you’ve burnt yourself out and you no longer find it enjoyable! Fitness and health is a lifestyle change. Incorporate fitness into your weekly routine. Even running two days a week at the start is a huge improvement from zero days a week.

Finally, do NOT get discouraged if you don’t see any results right away. If you have a generally average body type, you probably won’t lose much, if any, weight. You’re gaining muscle in your legs and core. I’ve been told that I look more fit lately, but I’ve been running for 11 months and let me tell you, I don’t see a single damn difference!

The best and most exciting thing you’ll feel as you progress in your running is STRENGTH. You might start out thinking, “I’ll never be able to run a mile” or “a 5K” or “a marathon”. You’ll be laughing at yourself in no time for thinking that it wasn’t possible! It took me two solid months before I really loved running. Be patient. Keep working at it.

It feels amazing to know that I’ve inspired others to get out there and run, work out, or make healthier eating choices, but that’s the most I can do. Only you can lace up and pound that pavement, and that’s the hardest part. Work it, y’all!

Introduction

12 Jul

ImageMuch of my journey with health, fitness, and weight loss is not private information. With YouTube and Twitter and a very honest online persona, I’ve been sharing it all.

For those of you who don’t know me, I’m 25 years old, and I’ve become committed to fitness multiple times… temporarily.

The difference between then and now is my mindset and my determination to be healthy. Of course I want to burn fat, but I couldn’t care less about my weight and I want to gain muscle weight.

This is the first time in my life that I’ve stuck with fitness for more than a couple of months. I’ve been running for 11 months, and I’ve been learning about what my body needs to be able to keep it up and get stronger. I’ve created this blog for anyone who cares to read about my journey, my inspiration, what I’ve learned, my progress, my tips and advice, and what gets me through each day.

I look forward to continuing on this path and sharing it with you. 🙂

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