1.30.2013

Running Tips

I get a lot of questions about becoming a runner, I know I've talked about it before but I thought I would hit the main points for the newbies plus tell you what kind of things worked for me.

I hated running my entire life until I decided I hated being fat more. I mean, you've seen my boobies, that crap was NOT fun to run with.
If you need a good bra, Moving Comfort- Juno.


See, holds them in place and it's decent cute.

I started off slow and the best advice someone gave me {Thanks Heidi!} was just to jog fast enough to make something jiggle. The jiggle jog :) I walked and jiggled and walked and jiggled. I did a mile for a long time before I decided to try for more.  {I was about 220 at this time}

I increased my mileage slowly, trying to go a little farther about once a week. At this point I was running about 4x a week. It sucked and I walked a LOT.
Even though I was slow it still gave me a real sense of accomplishment when I was done.



After a few months I thought I should set a goal to run White Rock Lake in Dallas. I did and it was the beginning of me becoming a runner.

Now I have three half marathons under my belt, or hanging in my room, whichever.
I've run lots of 5k's and 10k's and even a 15k. Races are a fun way to motivate yourself to go faster or further.


Here are a few tips on how to increase your mileage.


1. sign up for a race and tell EVERYONE about it. 

I had never even run a 5k when I signed up for my first half. I did it so I had a goal and something to work towards. I was SLOW. It was HARD. It was SCARY. Totes worth it. Get over your fear!


I have no clue who this chick is, but her talking to me stopped me from walking my way in :)

2. Map out a run that is a loop so you have no choice but to run the whole thing.
Given the option to quit when you are tired, most people will throw in the towel. That why for my first long run I opted for the lake. I had to run the entire 9.3 miles to get back to my car! Hey, it works.

3. It's OK to walk!
Don't beat yourself up for walking, that doesn't mean you are not a runner! I give you permission to be in the club anyways :)  I took walking breaks for a very very long time. 

4. Dude. You are going to need a kickass playlist. 
If you want mine email me at skinnymeg@ymail.com with MUSIC as the subject, I have it on a spreadsheet.

Here are my tips on running faster.

1. Sprints.
I do sprints two ways. Outside or on the dreadmill.
Now outside I would just sprint from one mailbox to the next, slow job, sprint, slow jog. {HIIT: high intensity interval training is so good for weight loss! FYI}
The dreadmill is a little different, some have programs you can set to run sprints.
I do it the old fashion BIGGEST LOSER way :)
Bump that shit up to a 9 {or whatever the fastest is you can run for 30 seconds!} sprint your ass off and jump on the sides for 30 seconds.


Don't be scared, try to see how fast you can go! It's fun and a GREAT workout!

2. Run with someone who is faster than you.
Not going to lie I hated running in groups, probably because everyone was faster than me and I felt like I was going to die keeping up with them.
I will also tell you another secret, I have NEVER said no to a workout just because I was scared. 

3. Fix your feet.
When I first started trying to run faster I was trying to lengthen my stride, wrong.
You need to make your feet move faster beneath you, it's a LOT more comfortable.

4. Spin
I heard spin was good for running, but I'm here to tell you now it's true. Beside strengthening my legs it helped me learn to move then faster. 

Paper towel sweat banded not necessary!


My best tip is to not give up! It's going to suck, it's going to hurt.

Everything that is awesome takes work. You think I wake up looking like a supermodel??


Nope, it takes a lot of work and your welcome for the beauty shot :) Hey, I put lots of pictures up where I look like crap, sometimes you just need a good one to remind people I can clean up decently.


A FEW REMINDERS.
Today is the last day to use the discount code GIRLTIME for the Pretty Muddy Run on June 1st. 
I really want y'all to come and run with us so get your booty over and sign up, we are going to have a blast!


Tomorrow is the last day to enter my Abundant Heart Giveaway, make sure you hop over and enter!

62 comments:

  1. Love the new name and look!! :)

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  2. Great tips Meg! I often feel like a failure because I walked but I've been told it doesn't matter as long as you do it. So your words of wisdom have just concreted that statement! You rock girl!

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  3. I've noticed the same thing about my feet recently. When I take longer strides I get tired much faster for some reason. When I make sure my feet are moving faster at a certain "beat" I feel so much better. Thanks for this post!

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  4. I'm starting out running too. I lost weight before my wedding 1.5 years ago and I've gained it back. I'd love to lose it again, plus more, before our 2nd year anniversary this summer. Great tips!

    Sheree
    thehartungs.blogspot.ca

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  5. Thanks for the tips! I've been struggling with my jiggle jogs :) you're amazing.

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  6. Thank you thank you! I just started reading you and you are very inspiring. I want to be a runner but never know how to begin. I'm just recently down 12 pounds and want to lose at least 40 more. I've been toying with the idea of signing up for my first 5k but I'm scared!!!! This post made up my mind for me. Thanks!

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  7. LOVE the new layout! And I'm so bummed that I cannot come to Dallas and the the Pretty Muddy run. I'm determined to get down there this summer to hang with you and Mama L though! :)

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  8. Thanks for the tips and encouragement! I haven't ever watched Biggest Loser (crazy, I know!) and I had never heard of doing sprints on the treadmill like that! I am so going to try it!!

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  9. Thank you for all the great advice!

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  10. Thank you for all the great advice!

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  11. Thank you for all the great advice!

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  12. Thank you for all the great advice!

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  13. I really needed this post today. I needed the extra push to start running. I have been doing other forms of activity but I want to be a runner and this was just the push I needed!

    Thanks Megan :)

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  14. It slays me you get up at dawn-thirty to write this.

    I agree on the running. It's not fun until it is. However, even when it buh-lows hard, you feel like a rock star after. Every time.

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  15. Great advice for beginning runners. Especially the signing up for a race part. My first was the LA marathon (because I'm a lunatic). I had only been running for about 6 months but I figured, why not? I will never. ever. forget how empowering it was to cross that finish line and go from a person who "hated running" to a marathon Mom. Thanks for the inspiration SkinnyMeg! I've always told myself I could maybe get to a certain point in weight loss, if I'm lucky. Now that I have seen your story I know it's ok to strive to be the healthiest, fittest version of me. It can and will happen because I am putting in the work. I can't wait to see where I am 6 months, hell, even 3 months from now!

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  16. Thank you for this post! I did Couch to 5K Week 5 Day 3 yesterday. I was supposed to run for 20 min or 2 miles. I walked a bit... :( I have NEVER been a runner - even when I was fit. I'm slow as hell, but I don't hate it anymore. I'm actually *gasp* starting to enjoy it. But yesterday kicked my ass. I am going to try your jog sprint thingy on my C25K off days! :) You made me smile this morning and for that I thank you.

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  17. For all the workouts I love, running isn't one of them but I do have a healthy respect for runners. I was talked into running a 5K with a friend. Signed up one day, ran the next and let me tell you it was brutal, even though my body was strong. No training was not wise. I did come in 3rd in my age group, which was fun but the next day I could barely walk. My lesson - train!

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  18. Thank you so, so much for this. I've been struggling with wanting to run and not being able to. I'm glad to know it will get better. I'm currently doing the sprint 8 program on the treadmill but never thought about your way. Will definitely try that!
    Beautiful picture too!

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  19. I am so happy that I found your blog. You are SO SWEET and are such an inspiration! Thank you for sharing your life with us - and for being so genuinely sweet :) I've never ran more than a 5K race and I am signed up for a half in April. Right now I am taking a break from my training because I have plantar fasciitis but hopefully next week I can start up again :) Thank you for your encouragement and inspiration! You are great - don't ever forget it!

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  20. I just signed up for the Pretty Muddy race! I am going to come up from Austin to do it with you ladies...couldn't pass up the chance!

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  21. Great post!! Love all the tips.

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  22. So Meg, would you say that running was the key to your initial weight weight loss success???
    I am just finally starting "operation lose the baby belly", and am finding that it is just not happening as quickly as I would like!
    So, I started the couch to 5K last week, and am counting my WW points, and am trying to be patient!
    You Rock Meg!

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  23. you are seriously freaking amazing! I hope to be like you someday! Would you recommend signing up for a 5k first and then increase race times after that?

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  24. My husband was recently told by his dr that if a person isn't a runner by age 30 then they shouldn't start. It totally frustrated me, took all the air out of my balloon. I am pregnant, expecting end of June and come end of July I want to get out and start learning to run. So, how old were you when you started running? I'm going to be 32 by then, too late to start? Should I just stick to walking then?

    I love you new blog design, btw!

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  25. I wanna look like you one day! I recently started running to loose weight and your right IT SUCKS but seeing a change in my body helps. Just wanted to say thanks! you keep me focused, something to look forward too!! if it wasn't for ur IG and this blog I would have thrown in the towel already!!

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  26. I had been wondering how to increase my speed. I've only been running since September and have increased my distance up to 5 miles but can't seem to get faster. I'll definitely be trying out your tips...probably outside first because I can just see myself falling flat on my face on the treadmill!:O Thanks for sharing!

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  27. Ok,so everyone out there does link up parties for stuff, you totally need to have a link up for people who are trying to loose weight. We can hear their stories, what they are planning on doing and how. I say that now but I believe if you held it...we would all come! Just a suggestion "coach Meg"...
    hitting the gym for the first time today thanks to you my dear. Hope I don't pass out ;)

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  28. You are a true inspiration to me!!!! Emailed you for your playlist! :)

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  29. Thanks for the bra recommend, right now i wear 4 causing a good ole size I uni-boob. Sexy at its finest.

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  30. You're a badass. Thanks for always motivating us, Meg!

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  31. I love spin class! I didn't know it helped with speed as a runner but that does make sense.

    I'm not sure if I will ever be a runner. It's a dream of mine, and I plan on pursuing it as much as I can once I've healed from my current knee surgery. I love reading other runner's stories though.

    Congrats on all your weight loss and everything you have gained in the process. I am excited to begin following along!

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  32. I love this, thank you for your tips! I'll be emailing you for your playlist ;)

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  33. Hey chica!!!

    Thanks for the info and inspiration! I NEED to get motivated desperately and hopefully I'm finally moving in the right direction.

    I'm gonna email you for your playlist.

    Holla!!!

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  34. every time I write a comment, it doesn't post. FRUSTRATING!!!

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  35. ok, I just realized it needs approval. I got it! Sorry :)

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  36. Thanks for the tips! I will be using the sprinting technique on the treadmill...maybe I wont bust it and end up on ridicilousness

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  37. Okay I have to ask - sprinting "Biggest Loser Style" on the treadmill, how in the heck do you jump on/off the sides without eating it? (PS new follower and I LOVE your blog!)

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  38. Maybe I just need to come down to Texas and pick up some Mama and Meg motivation. You guys are awesome and keep me going! Thanks :)

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  39. I wish I could come down to Texas and soak up some of yours and mama's motivation. Working out be so bad with funny girls to do it with! I wish I had an awesome gym like you guys!

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  40. I think you and Brandi must be in my head. I needed some inspiration today. It is so hard not to just give up. You are awesome. :)

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  41. I just want to let you know that you inspire me so much! i think you are such a strong woman and i love your passion in living a healthy lifestyle. I wish i lived near you because i would love to be friends. Your post yesterday made me so sad, its horrible that people can be so mean and hateful. I think taking care of you is being a great mother and you show your daughter what it means to take care of you and live a balanced life. Keep on being you and living your great life. Oh and congrats on your new job!!

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  42. Great tips! I am definitely not a fan of running, but I have been at it lately and I do feel proud :) Keep it up!

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  43. awesome advice! :) as always thanks for the great tips!

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  44. awesome advice! :) as always thanks for the great tips!

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  45. The "fix your feet" is a great tip! I used to try to lengthen my stride and would heave through 1 mile. Using short quick steps helped me enjoy running and run my first 5k today.

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  46. I love your blog, you & Mama L are just totally awesome!!!!!!

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  47. What kind of shoes do you recommend for a beginner? I'm at a total loss!

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  48. Im so in love with this and this post helps me more than you know. Im so inspired by your story and the fact that I have been blogging forever and try to loose weight forever but only until this January had I gotten serious and started to really do something about it and I happen to find your blog it has to be meant to be. I first started in 2007 weighin in at 171 I took the quick way out and did diet pills and lost down to 125 I kept it off for 4 years but over the last year it has been packing back on and I want to get it off the right way and keep it off the right way. Lifestyle change

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  49. Inspiring!!! I also dig the paper towel head band!! Running a 15k march 3 and a half marathon April 28th. Wish me luck!

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  50. Thanks for the tips!! I did Day 1 of C25K yesterday--and man am I sore today! I love that you called it jiggle jogging--that's what I told my friends I was doing :D I love your blog--so much fun and so inspirational!

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  51. I live for the day that I can run in a sports bra! Ps. Love that you post sweaty gym pics! :)

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  52. Love the blog! I decided to try some interval running last night on the dreadmill. You rock!

    Lauren
    planlifeaccordingly.blogspot.com

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  53. Hi Meg! I'm new to your blog. I've also been on a running journey. I started 3 years ago and lost 30lbs. Then I got pregnant and stopped in 2011. I'm barely getting back into the groove. I have my first race this weekend!! I would love if you could share your running playlist. I could definitely use some new tunes for the race :) marypluswilliam (at) gmail.com


    www.MaryPlusWilliam.com

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  54. Awesome lady! I lost 91 lbs...but my boobs went absolutely nowhere;) they're still bigger than my head...hence swimming and zero running. Haha

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  55. Thank you for this post. Something just "clicked" for me when I read it. Thank you!!

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  56. Yeah! So glad for this post. Your email was just as good but this is just a little more better! :) Exactly what I needed. Thank you for this! :)

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  57. Meg you keep me going! As of today, I have lost 99 lbs since December 2011 (this last 5 has been a long 5). Over the past few months my weight loss has hit a plateau and I have lost some motivation. Reading your blog has picked me up and really pushed me. I have really started pushing myself in the gym and the scale is starting to show it again. Thanks for putting yourself out there being an inspiration! I am running the pretty muddy in June and can't wait to meet you!

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  58. After reading this post, I finally feel like "I can do this." Thanks to you and Brandi I've been slowly working up the motivation to just get off my butt and lose the weight that I've been complaining about since BEFORE I got pregnant. I'm hoping I can make myself proud and look even better than I did in high school. I started c25k yesterday. Thank you so much for putting yourself out there!

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  59. I've been running for a while really, but this post gave me some new ideas and tips that I really like and you are extremely encouraging! I'll be emailing you for your playlist...Always looking for new music!

    sugarcoatedsheridan.com

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  60. Reading this after finishing my C25K day 3 week 2. I walked one set and feel so guilty right now! I looked at next weeks plan and it says "jog 3 mins". I almost peed myself. But this post just pumps me up. I can do this. Thank you for the inspiration.

    Kim
    http://www.myhopewhispers.com/

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  61. I've read this post three times now as a reference. Thanks so much for being such a huge inspiration!

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