I have missed my opportunity to run and complete week 2, day 3 partly by being full of cold but mostly because I have managed to share my germs with everyone else, including a teething toddler – so, as you can imagine, sleep is even worse than usual.
My next chance to get out there would be Saturday but I’m not sure whether to just start week 2 again from the start or carry on as normal. Does anyone have any advice?
A friend, who is also thinking of doing the programme, asked me the other day what equipment she needed to start with. I gave her the proper running shoe speech but then added three other key bits which I thought might also be useful for other beginners, especially if they are a plus size runner like me.
Sports bra: I would say this is as essential as the shoes, although you don’t have to spend a fortune. I got mine from Tesco for £6 and it does the job. Depending how long you keep it up and how often you’re going to run you could consider getting properly measured if you have some spare cash.
Socks: I used to run in just my normal socks and the blisters I got were spectacular. I then went to a discount sports shop and invested in some proper socks and they made a huge difference.
Base layer: If you’re starting the programme in the winter (and why would you do something as silly as that?) I would suggest getting a base layer to wear under your normal kit (if you’re in the UK, they often sell these in Aldi during their running events). Without being gross I sweat, a lot, and if you have just normal t-shirts on they can become heavy and cold and make it harder for you to continue. A base layer takes the “moisture” away from the skin and makes things much more comfortable. Again, you don’t have to spend a fortune at the start.
Are you a more experienced runner? Have I left anything out? Please comment below.
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