WEEK 1 – Ready, Steady, Run!
OK folks, sound the klaxon! This. is. it. Tomorrow we run. (Or the day after tomorrow, or whatever day you like but we have three half-hour sessions to get in within the next seven days!) The first week of Mom to 5K isn’t going to leave you crying and panting at the side of the road but it’s not going to be easy either, especially if you haven’t run before. We’re going to need to wrap up warm – the temperatures seem to have dropped just to test us.
If the apps are downloaded and the trainers have been unearthed then there’s nothing stopping us. Here’s the the introductory post on the Mom to 5K series in case you missed it and this is a quick reminder of what we’re doing this week…
I’m planning on starting tomorrow evening and these are my promises to myself for the week ahead.
- I will drink copious quantities of water on the day of my runs to avoid a banging headache.
- I will not let the elements faze me and instead, if it rains, I will embrace the chance to feel like a sporting goddess who braves all kinds of weather in the name of health, buns of steel and the lean physique of a greyhound. Because, y’know, my body is a bleedin’ temple.
- I will not binge-eat Toffee-pops on my return.
- I will feel proud and empowered by my new-found proactive and responsible attitude towards my personal health.
- I will not expect miracles from the bathroom scales. Rome wasn’t built in a day.
Staying Safe While Running
with Carrie Budds – CarrieSmallPlate.com
‘Run Safe Run Smart’
- Always make sure you are wearing reflective running gear if you are going to be running on roads.
- Be aware of your surroundings. Whatever way you look at it, you are more vulnerable when you are not aware of what is happening in your environment. So try to go without the headphones for those runs where you are at higher risk – or at least leave one earpiece out so that you can listen to your music, but still hear what is happening around you.
- Always let someone know when you are going out for a run. Make sure you let them know what time you expect to be home and the route you plan to take.
- Try to vary your routes and times so that your patterns don’t become predictable. You want to make it difficult for someone to track when and where you go on a regular basis.
- Check out personal safety apps that offer a range of features like alarms, emergency SOS texts, tracking via GPS… Your phone can be an invaluable safety device so always bring it with you when you’re out running. Here’s a list of some personal safety apps that are available http://www.techlicious.com/tip/free-personal-safety-apps/.
Away we go!
Now run, ladies, run! And God help us all.