I had no idea what I was doing. My first marathon was a total disaster and I used to wear *gasp* cotton! But never fear FNGs because we’ve all been there. We have all gotten silly little blisters and chafed in new, unforeseen holy-crap-why-did-this-happen places. And I’d like today to be the day we share some tips with all the FNGs. I, of course, being the list master that I am have put together some tips for things that I didn’t know about as an FNG when I started.
Everyone else please share your tips in the comments. I’m sure all the newbies will appreciate it. Hang in there new guys and keep at it. It gets easier, I promise.
1. Test out the toe socks. Sure they make your toes look like individually wrapped Vienna sausages, but it could save you a toenail or two.
2. Try an ice bath after a long run. It’s absolutely, ridiculously cold, but your legs will thank you. Just make sure you get in the tub first and then fill it with ice because attempting to step into freezing cold water is very difficult.
3. When you feel like you can’t breathe try taking a couple of deep inhales. This always helps me slow down my heart rate. Don’t worry if you can’t just yet, you’ll get there. The cardio can sometimes take a while to build up if you are just getting started.
3. Don’t worry about your speed! Trust me, I used to worry about getting faster constantly. But if you get the miles in first, the speed will follow. That turtle knew what was up. Slow and steady wins the race as they say.
4. Ice anything that hurts. Seriously. If you feel a twinge or a pang anywhere, ice it. I’m pretty sure ice falls is the runners best friend after Body Glide of course.
5. Speaking of Body Glide, go buy some. You will chafe. You can be 95 pounds or 195 pounds, it doesn’t matter. You will chafe. And Body Glide will save the day.
6. Get a massage! I know this is not an astounding tip and you are thrilled to oblige me, but I’m serious here. The massage is a wonderful way to treat yourself for a job well done and get some healing to sore muscles in the process.
7. Sign up for a race or set a definite goal. If I wasn’t constantly signed up for races I don’t know how much I’d run. Even if you say to yourself, today I’m going to get to 5 miles, then do it! These goals no matter the size, help keep you motivated.
FNGs you can do it! There is no magic trick to getting stronger and being a better runner. All it takes is persistence and dedication. You sometimes gotta be like Nemo…just keep running…just keep running…
I need the folks in the comments to add tips please. I’m sure we could learn a thing or two from each other, especially the FNGs.
Happy Friday! May your weekends be long and your runs be fun. Deuces.