My recent setback has me realizing just how much running improved my mental state and energy levels. I don’t know that I love running just yet, but I certainly know I need it. Still, sometimes I think, “Whoa! What have I gotten myself into with joining a running blog?”
As a newbie to the sport, I’m still trying to get to running for 10 consecutive minutes and I’m blogging on the same site with hardcore running chicks! How does that happen? And as a beginner it’s natural to feel a little lost among all this jargon and mileage, so here are my Top 5 reasons to ask: “What’chu talkin’ ’bout, Salties?”
Really!? This is an actual thing that people actually do? When I started my beginner running program, I was still trying to wrap my head around the idea of people WANTING to run 26.2 miles–heck, 13.1 was intimidating to me. Then, I get involved with this blog and find out people actually train to run 100 miles!!! YIKES! All you ultrarunners out there, I think you are amazing in your level of strength and commitment, but maybe a bit crazy, too!
Before I started running I was never aware of Active Release Technique and just slightly aware of Plantar Fasciitis. Reading all the injury posts and seeing Pepper’s very sexy boot, I am once again impressed by the strength and commitment of women who run. From what I read about it all, the pain must be wicked. It makes me bit scared of what I may be getting myself into!
I have some Old Navy running shorts & tank tops, some mesh Reebok shorts I bought at a close-out store, sport bras from Target, a pile of t-shirts, and some Adidas ankle socks. My shoes are blue & white Nike+, but I couldn’t give you more information about them unless I go get them out of the closet. I got the shoes because they have the little thingy that transmits to my iPod to keep track of things I don’t know how to track. The rest of the Salties are experienced runners who know about and prefer all different styles and brands. I don’t see myself wearing boy shorts or bunz since I don’t even wear my hardly-used-swimsuit without swim shorts. Maybe there are shoes better suited to my feet and my running style, but right now, I don’t know what to look for.
4. Minimalist Running.
I didn’t know what Minimalist Running was. If you would have asked me what it was, I would have said that it was a classification for people who run the least. Before I started my beginner program, I would have called myself a minimalist runner because a ran the minimum amount…not running at all.
Then I find out that people run in sandals or even in bare feet. HUH? Okay, I knew about barefoot runners from seeing segments during the summer Olympics about marathoners from various countries. In my ignorance, I figured running without shoes had more to do with where one fell on the economic ladder. I think at my current weight I need more support for my feet to survive a run!
I confess! There is a term that, even though I’ve read what it means and I think I understand it, I still turn into a 12 year old boy when I read/hear it. Fartlek. (AHHHH!!!) I’m sorry! All that comes to mind is “fart” and “lick” and all the things my brothers would probably say about that!
Then there is “taper.” If I’m not thinking about candles, 1980’s fashion comes to mind. I remember my acid washed or stone washed jeans that HAD to be tight at the ankle. I now have another definition for taper thanks to this blog.
I’m sure I’ll learn more about all this stuff eventually, but for now color me mystified! I’ll be happy just to get back on my feet and out the door!
Anything bewilder you about this crazy sport?