Running is a simple recreational endeavor needing very little gear to get started. All you need are shorts, shirt, shoes, socks and you’re good to go! Well, I wish it were that easy for me. As I’ve grown older, my list of gear needed, to get out the door, has increased dramatically in both quantity and cost.
At the beginning of my running career, I used gear already in my possession:
Basketball shorts, a cotton t-shirt (cotton? really?), tube socks, and athletic shoes (trail shoes I later discovered). I used the stopwatch, on my Timex watch, and measured my runs by time unless I was running laps around a track. I was able to map some of my neighborhood routes, online, using GPS maps.
Fast forward 10 or 12 years, to the present, and many things have changed. You can now spend quite a bit of money on shorts ($30), shirts ($40), shoes ($100+), hats ($25), socks ($15 a pair), Fitbit watch ($200) and the list goes on. I am a cheapskate and do shop at Ross Dress for Less and Marshalls Department Store.
My checklist for running:
Some no-no’s, I committed, when missing some checks on the list:
Well, I don’t NOT run because it’s raining. The only thing I don’t like about running, in the rain, is whether my soaked shoes will dry before my next run <LINK>. Sometimes my glasses fog up which can makes it difficult to see but I can just wipe ’em off! I also keep my phone in a ziplock bag so can still listen to music (earbuds) and keep it dry. Let it rain, let it rain…I’m still running!
Today, the definition of a runner is someone who runs 6 mph and faster. Than equates to a 10-minute-mile pace. I was never a fast runner but up until my late 40’s, I easily could maitain a 6 mph pace. From my late 40’s on, I have had injury problems and my running has suffered. Rare is the day that I can average a 10-minute-mile pace but, yes, I still consider myself a runner!
Boring? Well if I ran around the same block, everday…it might get a bit boring. I try to run different routes, in my neighborhood, and even drive to some of my favorite running places. Also, I always listen to music to keep my mind grooving!<LINK> I have alternative rock, classic rock, disco, high energy and techno playlist to help pass time. I’ve even listened baseball and football games while running. Some times I like to think, pray, work out problems or just vegetate while running.
Yes, running is a high impact activity so…YES, it is bad for your knees, shins, ankles, feet, joints, back, ect, ect, ect! Please understand that running is a great way to get your butt off of the couch and outside excercising. Buying a pair of high quality, comfortable running shoes and havng a reasonable training plan should keep you relatively injury free. Don’t worry about your gait, footstrike or motion control/stability shoes…just go out and run! Trust me, your body will love you 🙂
Well, I wish that was true. You do burn off calories but not as much as you would think. A normal run, for me, is around 3 miles at a 10-minute-mile pace. That adds up to 30 minutes of running and the burning of around 300 calories. Now if you pig out all day and ingest 3000 or 4000 calories a day, you’re just going to end up a FAT runner. The name of the game is to have a healthy and balanced diet.