A lot of times, I get a lot of questions from people about running. I am always happy to help and willing to do what I can to get other people into the world of running. When I posted that I was looking for questions to answer for another FAQ post, you guys didn’t disappoint! Some really good questions were asked, and I hope that I answered them to your liking.
For me, IT Pain started early in my running when I didn’t get fitted for real running shoes
. I was using whatever I found and that didn’t help. First things first — GET FITTED for real running shoes if you haven’t already. They will save your feet, and your legs. If you have gotten running shoes and are still having issues, invest in a foam roller and make it your best friend to work on the muscle. There is no real way to stretch it, but I find a combination of foam rolling, hot tubbing (or hot bath with Epsom salt
) and taking it easy will help.
If you are in pain, avoid inclines and speed. These two things are the worst possible things you could do with IT pain. And if it hurts to walk, then just don’t run for a few days. You need to take a break from time to time and rest the muscle and stretch them out.
I carry water with me when I run during the summer. Invest in either a flask that you can have tucked into your hand or in your running belt, or in one of the smaller Polar Bottles
( The dino one is super cute, and so is the Pixie! If you get one, send a message that you got one because IRG rec’d it!) where the water stays pretty cold the entire time. I’m investing in a smaller Polar Bottle
when I get my next pay check so I can have cold water with me to splash on my neck or drink down. I also wear very little when I run. It’s not always something pretty seeing a fat girl run in shorts and a sports bra, but it’s hot outside and I don’t care.
When it comes to actually running, I take it slower and a bit easier. I don’t push it. I personally don’t get along with the heat very well as it is, so I almost always slow down during the warmer months, cutting my mileage back significantly. I try to run early before the sun is out, or later in the evening when the sun is setting as well. Your best bet is to start slow and careful and test your body out. Then change as you go.
For me, when I am running a training run I don’t take water with me if I go 5 miles or less. Unless it’s in the dead of summer, then I drive out on my route and stash water bottles
, or carry one with me. If I am running downtown, there are a lot of water fountains
around, and some of the restaurants will give me a cup of water if I need it. But I also drink water continuously during the day and don’t really need it. As long as you pee as close to clear as you can before the run, and the sun isn’t beating down on you, you should be okay.
When I do take a water break
, I take no more than three big swallows. Any more than that, you are chancing a sloshing in your belly that is uncomfortable and could hinder your run. Again, this is unless it’s summer and the temps are high. That changes things, and in that case, I take a swallow of water every walk break, which for me is often.
When it comes to RACES I hit EVERY water stop
. The water in the little cups they hand out is a good two swallows, maybe three. I’ll grab two cups, one to drink and one to pour on my head/neck in order to relax the tensing muscles and prevent a migraine. Unless it’s summer. Then I drink two cups.
My advice is to run three miles without water and see how you feel. If you are really thirsty, add some water intake to your day. If you are okay, then you are on the right track. You should stop for water/fuel every 45 minutes or so. I’ve been doing 5 miles at about 55 miles so I go without when I run that distance, but longer runs include water for me. And if worst comes to it, bring it with you. Even if you don’t drink anything, it’s better to be safe than sorry.
What do you do with your running tutus after a race? How/where do you store them? — My tutus are hung up in my guest room closet! I have them on the plastic hangers you use to hang up pants that you get from Walmart. Right now I have….7 or 8 tutus that I rotate through. I do need to remake a few of them because the elastic on them is getting stretched out and the tulle is getting ratty. But I keep them because believe it or not I wear them for stuff other than races! 🙂 I wore my green one with tights and a blank tank top to an 80s party, and I wore my rainbow colored one to a WJXT function.
What’s your favorite race that you’ve run? —I have a few favorites. I ADORE the Gate River Run. It’s such a challenge and it’s an awesome way to see the city of Jax. I also love the Jax Bank Half/Full in December. It goes through Mandarin and I run by so many of my childhood friends houses, it stirs a lot of memories. Some of the more fun ones was the Color Me Rad 5k, the Halloween 10 miler through a cemetery, and I ADORED the She Runs LA I did last year. It had bands every mile or so! So much fun!
What’s on your race “Bucket List”? —
I want to do the RunDisney races. All of them. I want the Goofy Challenge and I want the newly released
Dopey Challenge medals. I also want to do a bunch of the Rock and Roll races. The one in Las Vegas runs on the strip! There is one in Daytona that starts and finishes on the track too that I’m itching to do. I’m still making my bucket list, so when I get it done, I’ll let you know! 🙂
Do you listen to music while running? If so, do you use your phone or mp3 device? And, how do you “carry” it? — I do listen to music. It’s almost required. If I don’t have any music, headphones or whatever, you aren’t likely to see me go run. Unless I run with someone then I’d do it. I downloaded Pandora on my phone and use that, but recently went back to using my MP3 player.
I go back and forth with which I use, and which I like. I run with the iFitness Ultimate II running belt
and almost always run with my cell phone. When you are fighting migraines like I am, you want to have a phone with you at all times in order to call for help in case of an emergency. When I put my phone in the belt, it sometimes gets hard
to use the headphones, so I swap to the MP3 player…but I’m so behind on getting the music that I want so much. If I use Pandora, they have awesome stations that are titled workout stations and have good tunes. It just depends on how things go.
Lately, I’ve been using my MP3 player because my sister filled it with music (effing Bieber) and I’ve had a change in sound so it’s been nice. I clip it to my belt, and run the earphones under my shirt and tuck it into my sports bra for less bouncing.
What’s your post-run go to food/beverage? — I adore Gatorade. That’s no secret. I’m a fruit punch kinda girl. Sometimes, if I have it, I’ll grab some chocolate soy milk. That’s yummy too. As for food, I usually grab something light and water filled like fresh fruit and veggies, with lean meats and some rice or something.
And if I’m feeling like I need a treat – I’ll grab a Popsicle instead. 🙂
What are your favorite running socks? — Balega
. They save my feet. I have tried others but none I like more than Balega.
Seriously, though, it’s more that people think I can’t do it. When I registered for the TdP:E, Brian made numerous comments about wanting to be at the races in case I need help. I had a reporter here at the station who was shocked that someone who looked like me ran. I have friends who constantly act like my running and races are an inconvenience and that I was stupid for doing it. All those things make me want to do more, to be better, and to prove them all wrong…and to shut that voice inside me that thinks that they might have a point.
Proving to them, as well as myself, that I got this. That’s my motivation.
I used to do my long runs on Sunday mornings, but I found it really really REALLY hard to get out of bed early enough to get it in during a moment when it wasn’t balls hot outside or interfering with other plans. I may go back to that in a few months when running at noon is a bad idea (oh, hello summer!) but right now this is kind of working. Kinda.
Also – Less than 10 minutes before a race, I use a gel. Or the Jelly Belly sports beans. And I get a kiss from Dreamboat. It’s a pre-race ritual that I have. I’m weird. My race sucks if I don’t do both of those things. (more the kiss than the gel/beans)
I’m not saying that’s what you have, but it might be a good idea to rest a bit and ice it down for a few days. If after a few days of that it still is bothersome I’d go see someone. Sometimes it’s best to get in front of it before it sidelines you (remember me and my plantar faciatis? Yeah, that sucked)
Donna asked What is your job at Channel 4? —
Social Media Producer. I’m in charge of all of our social media platforms, and I produce the 9am hour of the Saturday morning show!
Where were you born? — New Haven, Connecticut. Yep, I’m a yankee! 🙂
What brought you to Jax? (if you weren’t born here) — I moved down here with my parents when I was 9 years old. I’ve been stuck here ever since.
What made you start running? —
Channel 4 is a sponsor of the Gate River Run, and about 4 or 5 years ago I signed up for a comp entry for the Times Union 5k. I was hooked after that. I did more races and worked harder at it. An injury sidelined me for about a year, but then I jumped back into it and here I am! No race is too hard or challenging! I’ll try any of them once. (sometimes once is enough!)
What is your greatest accomplishment in running? — My greatest accomplishment? Wow. I felt it when I did my first Gate River Run. I felt it when I finished my first half marathon. I felt it when I finished the TdP:E. It comes at random moments, and I feel like I am never really satisfied. Lately, I’m still riding the high of finished the Tour de Pain: Extreme.
I hope you enjoyed this post! I’m going to try and do one once a month with questions that you all have for me. Like I said before, feel free to ask away and I’ll try to help as best I can. If I don’t know the answer, I know plenty of runner people who are more than happy to help you as well. People like Jennifer Bauer (Guerrieri now, and she’s a new mom!) and Richard Nunn and Paul McRae are the ones that helped me not only get the run bug, but make it so I can do this adventure smartly…and they’d be happy to help you too!