I got into running when the pandemic started March 2020. Since then, I’ve ran two virtual 10k races and a half marathon, and I don’t plan on stopping any time soon.
I learned a lot about running that I thought I would never need to know. The biggest questions I had to ask myself were: Where should you put your phone while running? What kind of running shoes do you need? What kind of clothes should you wear based on the temperature?
Here’s what I found: You can hold your phone. Your hand will get sweaty and you’ll feel slightly off-balanced, but you’ll get used to it over time. You can put your phone in your legging pockets, but beware that not all leggings are created equal. Some will lower while running. Make sure to test them out before buying. I like this option the best. Running belts are also a good option. The one I had tended to ride up my stomach as I ran, but it stayed put best lower on my hips and very tight. I probably just needed needed to get a smaller belt for a tighter fit. The graphic below helped me decide what to wear during winter training.
I also found that some shoes can correct for improper form and that every shoe has a different amount of padding and varying degrees of arch support. I find I like the form-correcting shoes for treadmill runs, thick padded shoes for long distance pavement running (miles greater than 6), and thinner padded shoes with a lot of arch support for short distance pavement running (miles less than 6).
Lululemon is a great resource to learn how to train for runs. Their Youtube channel has pre-run and post-run stretching videos, and their website contains 4 pdfs for race training. Runner’s World is also a great resource for other running-related advice such as common running-related injuries, rating running shoes, and beginner tips.
You can record your runs on your exercise watch, Strava, and Map My Run. Strava is cool because you can connect with other runners and get notified when you make new PRs. Map My Run allows you to draw routes which is great for planning out long distance running routes. Strava has that feature too, but you need a monthly subscription for that access.
Cross-training is key to running faster, longer, and having a good running form. I use Pure Barre to cross-train, and I set up my weekly exercise schedule based on Lululemon’s marathon training pdf.