I am the lunatic that runs past your house, morning or night. I am the lunatic that runs with her border collie tied to her waist. I am the lunatic that runs in the sun, rain or wind. Nothing can stop that running lunatic.
I say lunatic as I have never considered myself as a runner. Personally I would always much rather chill on the sofa and would laugh at runners racing past our house in all sorts of weather while I’d be cozy, warm and dry. But I now am that lunatic and I just don’t care how someone like my old self may think.
Running is so liberating; I accept how beautiful places are that I normally miss by car. I learn new cut throughs, I better myself and there’s nothing that beats the feeling of achievement on your final cool down. It’s a great way to clear your head and think of great solutions to problems you may need to fix – in my case, it’s usually about improving my YouTube videos and ideas of what to film. I love it. I don’t even think about people watching or what I look like – I just go out and get the job done.
If you aren’t a runner, I dare you try your first run out in public. I can’t think of anything worse than running on a treadmill. For me it would be a path to failure; I would be incredibly bored staring at a wall or tv. I want to feel I am going somewhere which is why I urge you to try it and team it with the NHS Couch to 5k. It’s a gradual 9 week programme and really works.
So I thought I’d share with you the things I would never leave the house without when I get ready for a run and why I like them. Perhaps you’re hear because you don’t think you can run (like I did) but fancy trying or you’re just curious what I take with me for some new ideas.
1. Fitbit Charge HR
If this activity wasn’t on my arm, I would have to run back. This is vital to keep me going. It tells me my distance, whether I’m in a fat burning mode from my heart rate reading, what calories I’ve burnt and relatively new to me is the challenges you can take part in and compete with up to 10 friends. If you don’t have any fitbit friends, then a really friendly Facebook Support Group is Fitbit Support And Chat For Slimmers. Having no friends for a year when I wore my first fitbit flex, the group took me under their wing and the competition has made me more driven. It also automatically syncs to the myfitnesspal app on my phone and tells me how many more calories I can eat. The harder I work out, the more I can reward myself.
2. ShockSock Arm Strap Phone Holder
.I always follow a plan and listen to music while this is strapped to my arm. It can also be strapped to a belt but have never tried. You can still access the touch screen isn’t sensitive enough with it on, I can’t think of a better way. I upgraded from an irritating bum-bag and had lost my debit card while opening it mid walk which was the last straw then bought this.
3. Bluedio Bluetooth Earphones
There are continuously new bluetooth earphones always being launches and I bought these as speech-activated with incoming calls, a volume setting and ear fitting that hug around the ear. The ear pieces are ugly and were weird to wear, but 10 minutes in to a run, I loved them. It charges by USB and is a doddle to set up. Note that my earpieces have never fallen off but my fiance kept losing his and had to give him my backup replacement pair once he’d lost both. I am not sure you can buy replacements are they are very unique. As for what I listen to, I can’t just listen to music alone; I have to know how far I am in my 30 minute run, so like listening to running plans with royalty free music that also remind me at regular intervals. I strangely prefer the royalty free music. The tempo is designed to keep you running to the beat and don’t grate on me – not some random mix of beats from sad to happy. You need to listen to whatever keeps you going. I’m terrible at picking music – there’s a lot I don’t fancy listening to at that point and find it stressful having to skip all the time, breaking my focus.
4. Karrimor Black Running Top & Leggings.
I got very excited when I realised I had been committed enough to running as part of my life, so I had a mini spending spree to buy my first new things, not just use my dusty years-old clobber I had bought the last time I had an exercise fad. I had bought them ahead of winter in case the cold weather would ruin my determination. In fact, they’re still great on hotter days. The top is thin and loose and the leggings are fitted but just right and keep my temperature consistent. I also picked black to be more discrete yet they have reflective strips. Getting to the trousers, they legs don’t extend in the rain like my comical cotton jog pants did and there is a secret zip pocket on the rear below the waistband. This is a must for storing a house key (my my dog’s poo bags). Don’t settle for a pair without a pocket!
5. Karrimor Pace Trail Running Shoes
I did a lot of research on gait analysis and thought an arch support was the perfect option for me. My fiance bought these for me on my birthday as I’d completely worn my really old trainers out. It was getting serious. We picked these for me because I live near the countryside and run on fields, paths, mud trails. The grip is superb for this and allows me to be more sure footed. They’re also really comfy and don’t come with a hefty price tag. The ankle supports is on the short side unlike my old pair but it isn’t an issue to all, they just felt weird when putting them on for the first time.
And a bonus one for any dog owners out there:
6. A Dogmatic Anti Pulling Dog Lead
Dogmatic are a little company in Scunthorpe that design anti-pulling dog leads that tie around the dogs nose or the neck if you want your dog to have more freedom which sometimes has its pitfalls. It can only be bought online, it’s not cheap but totally worth it having your hands free. I use the original version (not the one above) but its handle is just right for tying it around my waist. If my waist was bigger, it wouldn’t work which is why I mention the hands-free one above instead. I don’t want to lead you all down the wrong path… too corny? 🙂 It’s a thick sturdy lead and my dog can run alongside me (my run, his fast walk!). The only issue I have as I implied above is the dog. He loves to wee on things, chase cats, fast cars and poos twice like clockwork. And don’t even go there if I have PMT or am stressed in some form. I like to think I am continuously training him for the better. He’s a reactive dog but a friendly one I can assure you. I do prefer running by myself in terms of hoomans, but my canine is never without me and I can give him the most exercise I possibly can.
So that’s it. I hope it’s been encouraging for you in some way. And if you have any suggestions of your must haves that may improve my running experiences, then please comment below!
Happy Running everyone!
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