10 Things I Wish I Knew When I Started Running

Are you a beginning runner and looking for motivation and some inspiration? How to train for a running race? Training for a race and starting your running journey can be exciting, but also a little intimidating.  Here is what a person thinking about running should know:

what I wish I knew when I started running

1.  You know those people that say running is such a cheap sport because all you need is shoes?  They lie.  New shoes every 3 months, race fees for all those races you just can’t say no to, hotels for those racecations that you just couldn’t say no to, medal hangers to display the medals from those races that you just couldn’t say no to.  Then comes special hydration products because water just doesn’t cut it anymore and don’t forget the cutest running skirt ever that you saw at the mall.  GPS watch, sunglasses that won’t fog, $10 socks, foam roller, race expo shopping and the bumper sticker that says “27.3 I got lost”.  It all adds up.


2.  Running in shorts isn’t for all people.  No fun for those of us with thighs, BUT Body Glide is an amazing thing!

3.  Peanut butter Gu- Tastes like peanut butter, not like metallic fruit energy gel.


4. The difference between stability and neutral shoes.  Lesson learned the hard way.  (sprained foot)

5.  How addictive running becomes.  I should just have my money deposited straight to Active.com’s bank account. wish I knew when I started running

6.  “I’m only doing a half. I will never do a marathon”. Yes…you will. That is what I said when I was training for my first half.  I ran a full 4 months later.


7.  Runners are an amazing community of people that will help pick you up if you fall down and they aren’t as intimidating as they look.

8.  Investing in a good GPS watch and knowing your pace is important, that way you won’t line up with 6 minute mile people at your first race and practically be trampled when the race starts.


9.  Not all sports bras are created equal.  Find the one that works for YOU and it will change your life.

10.  Runners come in all shapes and sizes and I don’t have to be embarrassed to say I’m a runner just because I’m not a size 2.

could_run_thatAny advice you wish you knew when you started running?\

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  1. beautea97 | 23rd Jun 14

    I think you about covered all of the lessons I have learned… I love the quote with #8! I am THAT runner 🙂

    • Half Crazy Mama | 25th Jun 14

      Lol! 🙂

  2. Shayna | 14th Jul 14

    Great advice! I just started running, it’s funny and helpful! 🙂

    • Half Crazy Mama | 14th Jul 14

      Thank you! Have fun on your new running adventure!!! 🙂

  3. Sherry | 28th Aug 14

    Also, “you will do things that you previously considered disgusting” such as spitting, etc. 😀

    • Half Crazy Mama | 28th Aug 14

      LOL! Totally 🙂

  4. Melissa @ Freeing Imperfections | 21st Sep 14

    #6 was SO me. After my first half, I was like, could I do that AGAIN to complete a full marathon? NEVER. 2 years later I did my first marathon. Yes, it happens! haha

  5. Robin | 1st Oct 14

    Thank you thank you thank you for #2. No matter my weight, I have yet to find a pair of shorts that my thighs don’t eat after two seconds of movement. Not attractive or comfortable.

    • Half Crazy Mama | 1st Oct 14

      I totally agree! 🙂

  6. Holly | 3rd Nov 14

    Great list, and funny memes! I wish I had had better form when I started running … but I maybe that’s something you have to learn from experience.

  7. Melissa | 4th Jan 15

    I promise….I’ll never run a full marathon. 😉

    • Half Crazy Mama | 4th Jan 15

      LOL! Famous last words… 😉

  8. Tricia | 8th Jan 15

    I’d like to add Injuries are real! Take serious measures to do all you can to prevent and injury!
    I agree with all of these but #7 and #10 really stand out!
    Tricia @ MissSippiPiddlin@blogspot.com

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