My Next New Pair of Running Shoes

Which type of shoes to run in is always a major question for all runners. When I first started running, I got a pair of Brooks, which you can clearly see it’s about time for a new pair.

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I always heard Brooks are a great pick for running shoes. And I have to agree because mine have lasted over a year now and are still holding up, even though they look pretty rough. There are plenty of different options to choose from depending on choice of support, lightness, and even whether you run more on pavement or on trails. Brooks has a five-question survey that will give you the best shoe picked for you to give you the best run possible.

Since I am getting ready to retire my Brooks, I wanted to look at a different brand of running shoes just to try. When I have been at races, I always look at others shoes to see what they are running in, and the shoes I found most popular other than Brooks are Asics, Saucony, Mizunos, and Nike.

I have a pair of the Nike Free 5.0’s and I love them, but I cannot run in them because they do not have enough support. I mainly wear them just for fashion or to the gym when I am going to be on the elliptical. These shoes could probably use a good cleaning too, since I have been wearing them for the past year!IMG_0813

So, to figure out which brand I want, I looked at some different websites to see what others thought was the best. Runner’s World listed a 2015 Spring Shoe Guide, which I found very helpful. The editor’s choice is the Saucony Triumph ISO, and the reviews were very helpful, describing the shoe as having comfort and also great support.

The price for this type of shoe is $150, which is about average, maybe a little over average. But most tips I found have always said to spend the extra money on shoes because you will definitely fell the difference in your runs.

I hope you have enjoyed my pictures and also my information that has helped me to decide on my next pair of running shoes!

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Long Distance Running Tips

Since I am getting into to my longer runs, I thought providing some tips for long distance running would be perfect for this week’s post. This week, my long run is 9 miles, so these tips I found the most helpful will hopefully guide me through my long runs in the next few weeks!

 

Tip #1: Think of your long run as just another run. I personally believe long distance training is more of a mental game than a physical game. So to conquer your mind, active.com suggested to just prepare for a long run just as you would any other shorter run.

 

Tip #2: Strengthen and stretch muscles on the days you’re not running. Fitday.com gives a lot of good tips about form and how to carry your body to prepare you for the longer distances. This tip has already helped me especially with the strength training. Building up your leg muscles will give you the strength you need to push through those extra miles.

 

Tip #3: Practice posture while running.

This website also gave good tips about keeping your upper body strong so you can run with your shoulders back and chest up throughout your run. Running with your shoulders slumped over causes you to fatigue easier and will make you give out quicker which will make your run much more difficult.

 

Tip #4: Pace yourself.

I really had to learn this one because I was used to running faster on the shorter distances. Training for long distance is a different story; if you start out too fast, you will very quickly burn out. Womenshealthmag.com says you should be running slow enough to have a conversation (even if it’s a slightly breathless one) so that you can keep the same pace throughout your entire run. A good tip for this is to focus on the distance, not your time when you begin training.

 

While there are countless tips found on so many different blogs and websites, I thought these were my personal favorites and these are the ones that have helped me so far with my training. I hope they help you as much as they have me!

 

 

How To Be A Morning Runner

Since I’ve been training for my half marathon, I have been playing with different times to run during the day. I started doing this because I’ve been getting in a slump after I come back from school and then I begin to dread trying to figure out when to go run, which means I would have to leave again after I’ve been going all day. Yes, the horrible life of a college student where all we have to do is go to class and take naps. But seriously, it gets busy with cheerleading plus a new job that I just got the opportunity to accept.

So with that being said, I’ve found that I enjoy running in the morning (usually).

Morning running is a preference to every runner. It just depends on how your body reacts act different times of the day. I personally enjoy running in the morning because it fits better with my class schedule right now and I also enjoy starting my day off with a run and having the rest of my day to get everything done with.

Here are a few running tips that I have found helpful to become a morning runner.

  • Set a plan to wake up and run and stick to it. There have been plenty of days where I have hit the snooze button and ended up having to plan an afternoon run since I didn’t get up. Don’t do this – you will be so angry with yourself later that you didn’t stick to your plan. Set a time and stay determined to get up at that time.
  • Allow yourself time to wake up and get going before your run. If you have somewhere to be such as work, school, etc., then make sure to allow yourself enough time to wake up and get ready to run.
  • If you are going to eat before a run, get up in enough time to let your food settle. When I am running for my longer runs, I will get up at least an hour and a half earlier than when I want to run to let my food settle, because the last thing you want is to start your day off with a bad run. But on my short runs such as three or four miles, I usually just eat after I am done.

I hope these tips help you to become a better morning runner!