The web site for those that have said 'I hate running' but want the benefits that running provides.  In as little as one hour a week, you can join the 'I Used To Hate Running Team'!

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Here are some other basics to help you get started




SHOES

If you are just starting and mostly walking, you may be able to get by with a fairly inexpensive pair of running shoes.  Running shoes are designed for running and work a lot better for running than tennis shoes, basketball shoes and walking shoes.  If you are mostly walking, most any athletic shoe will work to start with.

As you progress or if you are running more than a few miles a week, you will want to invest in a better pair of shoes.  Many mass retailers sell shoes that look like running shoes.  For beginners they may be fine.  But they don’t have the same goodies built in to them like the shoes you will get from a good running store.  If you are running five miles or more per week, do yourself a favor and invest in a pair of good running shoes from a running shoe store. 

Tell the running shoe store that you are just starting a running program.  If you have not been fitted in the past by a good running shoe store, make sure they see you run or walk.  A good store will be able to identify the best type of shoe for you.  While a good fit is critical, so too is making sure the shoe is the right type.  The correct type of shoe will support your foot and ankle to optimize the way your foot strikes the ground.  If your foot tends to lean to the outside, you don’t want a shoe that forces your foot to lean even more to the outside.  A good store will put you into a shoe that fits and also helps your foot to plant properly.  But if the store personnel don’t see you run or at least walk in the shoe, they can’t ensure they are putting you in the right one.  You should not have to ask them to observe the way your foot hits the ground – they should be telling you they want to see this before suggesting shoes.  

Overpronation / supination (underpronation)
Do you overpronate?  Supinate?  We have no idea about you and to be honest, about us either.  One of our team members has high arches, but has no idea what that means in terms of buying shoes - but his shoe store knows.  Ignorance can be bliss.  In our humble opinion, you don’t need to know anything about pronation or supination at all.  You just need a good running shoe store.  

Keep track of your mileage.  Shoes typically only last 300 - 500 miles.  While that seems like a lot, once you start enjoying running (by following the plan), 10 - 15 miles per week will be a piece of cake. 

 
FOOD

Books are written on the subject.  Here it is boiled down to a few sentences.  Eat healthy.  Cut bad fats (saturated and animal), add good fats (olive oil, nuts, avocado, etc.).  Some diets in vogue in recent years have identified carbs as a bad thing.  Carbs are a runners best friend.  As you progress in your mileage, carbs become even more important.  There is a reason that races typically have a pasta feast.  Carb loading, baby.  And your mother was right, eat lots of fruits and vegetables.

When you are done with a workout, try to eat recovery foods as soon as possible (within 30 minutes).  Recovery foods should have carbohydrates to replenish your muscles, protein to repair tissue damage and liquid to replenish your fluids.  Chocolate milk is our favorite - it has a great combination of carbs, protein and fluids. 

CROSS TRAINING

Adding any cross training activities to your exercise program will help you progress in running.  Add these in only if you are pretty sure you will run at least three times per week to get to the 'I used to hate running' stage as soon as possible.  Yoga, biking, roller blading, cross country skiing, weight lifting, swimming - pretty much any exercise - will help you progress in your fitness.