Hey hey hey!
There are things that I wish I would’ve known before I started running. There are also a few things I wish I would’ve known before I started hitting the gym regularly. Well, here is my Top 11 List of
‘I wish I knew that…’
I wish I knew that Body Glide existed. Can I just say that I was running for a WHOLE YEAR and a HALF without Body Glide. Once I discovered the secret to happy inner thighs, oh my WORD – I was and still am obsessed. My runs are so much “smoother” now, literally.
I wish I knew that some people would think I was out-of-my-mind-crazy for waking up at 6 for a morning run. Doesn’t the whole world love running?! Especially that early in the morning? Well, I at least thought so.
I wish I knew that Experia socks would be worth the 14 glorious dollars. Six months into my running I was given a pair of Experia socks for Christmas, and goodness gracious I totally feel the difference when I run with “normal” socks as opposed to my running socks.
I wish I knew that I would have days where I wouldn’t enjoy my runs because I was physically/mentally/emotionally/spiritually exhausted and that is okay. Learn to embrace your imperfections, but push through them. Battle them. Overcome them!
I wish I knew that women could also utilize the cable machines at the gym. I always saw guys on the cables and thought “Oh that area must be for dudes only…I’ll head to the butt machine.” WRONG. Ladies, work yourself into the cables – you’ll love how it feels!
I wish I knew that the earphones my gym sells would not stand a chance against my buckets of sweat. They fall out so easily! Save your $5 and put it towards buying a pair of Yurbuds – they are more expensive, but they will stay in even if you sweat a ton (like me).
I wish I knew that the treadmill would eventually hurt my knees. If you can stay away from the ‘mill for long runs, please do! Get outside, breathe some polluted air, but don’t hurt your knees on the ‘mill!
I wish I knew that OCR existed! When I started running, I thought running only involved… straight runs. I had no idea there was such a thing as obstacle course racing 😀 Let’s just say that I would pick an OCR event over shopping any day, hands down! And… I love shopping!
I wish I knew that Elf concealer works perfect for those runs/gym sessions where you want to cover dark circles, but you don’t want to cake on makeup. Gross! A couple of dabs of the concealer does wonders. Plus, it’s only ONE dollar! A hundred pennies, people, a hundred pennies.
I wish I knew that HIIT was a “thing”. About a a year ago I started incorporating HIIT runs into my running plan and about six months ago I started HIIT cardio blasts at home. I have been running/working out regularly for 2 years. I missed a whole year of HIIT. Don’t be afraid of the sweat, get your HIIT on!
I wish I knew that the running community is full of camaraderie. Had I known sooner how nice and uplifting we people are, I would’ve joined this community much sooner! 🙂
That’s a fact, Jack.
Anyone else have any to add? I can think of so many more, but I would have you reading off of your computer screen for HOURS. (I talk a lot if y’all haven’t noticed.)
Enjoy your Friday Eve!