“If I only knew then, what I know now…”
What words of advice would you go back in time and tell your new runner self? That’s our topic for today’s Tuesdays on the Run. What things have you learned in your years of running that would have made your past running better? Maybe your words of advice will help someone who is just starting out.
My number one piece of advice? Listen to your body.
I don’t get injured often (thankfully!) but when I do, I always make it worse by continuing to train. I’m pretty sure that a few days of rest at the first sign of pain would prevent the numerous visits to the chiropractor over the years. Even if I still ended up at the chiropractor, hopefully listening to my body would have made the down time shorter.
Other random pieces of advice I’d share:
- Minimalist shoes + all pavement running + half marathon training do not mix.
- Marathon training does not mean you can eat all the things.
- Remember to pick up some weights occasionally. Running may be your happy place, but weight lifting will make you a stronger runner.
- It’s ok to run slowly.
- Walking is not the enemy.
- Compression shorts and an oversized shirt don’t make you look skinnier. They just make you look sloppy.
- Never feel guilty about taking a rest day.
- Run without a time or distance goal occasionally.
- Start slow, finish fast.
- Buy a better jogging stroller.
- Don’t buy the Bia.
- You are stronger and more capable than you ever thought you could be.
I’m not sure my younger self would have listened to all of the above (heck, some of it I still ignore now), but maybe some it would sink in.