A Mama’s Guide to Running…or Jogging.. or whatever.

Some of you may or may not know my running/fitness background. It’s not something I really talk/blog about much because it’s not really the first thing I identify with much anymore. People still end up knowing, they say things like “Oh i’m not a runner like you,” or comments of that nature. The last time I went running, was on my 25th Birthday. That was April 30th.. Almost a year ago. I told myself I would start running after Liam was 6 months old, and could go in the jogging stroller. Well, he is 6 months old, the weather is getting nicer, I think it’s time to start jogging! Today I ran 4 miles for the first time in 10 months! I would run for 3 minutes and then walk for 1 minute. It was the perfect interval for starting up again. It honestly took 3 miles for me to feel “warmed up”, and that was after a .75 mile walk with the dog and a 5 minute warmup. 




 

This is a little bit about my running back ground, I ran my first two.. Yes two, marathons for my senior project in High School almost 10 years ago. Since then I have ran a dozen or so marathons, 50ks and half marathons. I honestly stopped keeping track after I ran out of fingers. My fastest marathon was in 2011, 10 days after I ran a 50K, I “took it easy” and ran a 3:52:00 full marathon. I didn’t run with a watch or I probably would have made less stops and qualified for the Boston Marathon. (See, clearly a lifetime ago.)   My last full marathon was almost 5 years ago, the weekend before I moved out of my parents house. My husband and I (he was my boyfriend at the time) ran the S.F. Marathon. If you curious if you can spend the rest of your life with someone, train and run a marathon with them!


 

So when I say jogging, I am referring to walking and running intervals. Yes, it’s okay to walk, and No, intervals are not just sprints. Typically I prefer a 5 minute running interval followed by a 1 minute walking interval. But let’s get real, i’m probably going to start with something more like a 1 minute running interval followed by a 5 minute walking interval.

There are a few other things I have found to be necessary when it comes to running, walking, hiking or working out in general! (Also.. I spent 5+ years (2010-2015) working in running specialty and merchandise management, so if I geek out on a product, you will know why.)

Some of these products will be mommy specific, but a lot of them will apply to anyone, (mom, dad, man, woman, young, old.)

If you are going to try and leave the house with a little, you better be taking them with you! A good jogger is a MUST. I have listed a bunch of joggers in a range of price points.

BOB Jogging Stroller  (This is the one I have)

BOB Jogging Stroller Double

Thule Glide Stroller 

Joovy Zoom Jogger 

Graco Fastaction Fold Jogger Click Connect Stroller 

The number one gadget for interval training and outdoor running is a good GPS watch. I have used a few over the years and these are my top 3. They are listed in order of “intensity”, the higher the price the more features. When you plug the watches into your computer they all upload to Garmin Connect and you can see a route of your run on a map and way more details than most people ever want to know.

Garmin Forerunner 25: is your basic GPS watch, counts miles, time, pace as well as all day activity tracker. (See the link for more details)  

Garmin Forerunner 225: this is the watch that I have, what I love about this watch is that the heart rate monitor is built into the watch, and you don’t have to wear an uncomfortable strap. This is also a great watch for pregnant moms. This watch has a GPS, counts miles, time, pace, intervals, heart rate monitor. (See the link for more details) 

Garmin Forerunner 920XT: this watch does it all, swim, bike, run, heart rate. It also send all of your phone notifications to your watch! See the link for more details) 

The next thing I would recommend is a handheld water bottle. (They are great for squirting dogs that might chase you, no joking.) What I love about these bottles is that they hold on to you, and you don’t have to hold them. You’re hand, arm and upper body can stay relaxed. Shop it here: 

If you’re worried about dogs or people you can always bring pepper spray: 

Running belt for iphone, keys, gels etc:
Flip Belt:
Nathan hipster: 

Every woman needs a good sports bra! I love the “Juno” by Moving Comfort, this bra is made in band sizes 30-40 and cup size C-E. This bra comes undone in the front so it is PERFECT for nursing moms! It is very adjustable so it fits the ever changing, pregnant and then nursing body.


Please, please, please for the love of your child DO NOT WEAR COTTON! Cotton gets wet, stretches out, bunches up and chafes! If you deal with chafing you will want to keep some body glide around 

Here are just a few of my favorite items to get you started:

Balega Socks (These socks are also made by a great company that pays higher than fair wages in South Africa.)

Nike Epic Running Tights 

Nike Running Tank

Last but not least footwear! Now, I HIGHLY recommend, finding your local running store and have them “fit you” into shoes. If that’s not you thing, this setup works for MOST people.

Black Superfeet Insert, shoes DO NOT come with arch support. Don’t let someone convince you of that. The sock liner that the manufacturers put inside shoes is soft and flimsy and does not provide support. The inside of the shoes is flat and hard and made to accommodate a supportive footbed. Superfeet can go in ALL of your shoes! I don’t wear a single pair of shoes without them. 

I LOVE Hoka, they are kinda funny looking, but they provide a lot of cushion and the heel to toe ratio is very minimal. (See… I warned you that I was going to geek out at some point.)

The Hoka Stinson ATR is my fav, however they are all pretty awesome! 


 

I think I dressed your heel to toe and then some! Happy walking, running, jogging, or whatever!

 

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**Please remember my disclaimer, that I am not a doctor, or medical professional. My posts are not to be interpreted as medical advice and you should not rely on or follow techniques on this site without consulting a medical professional. Also, the opinions, views, and experiences expressed here are entirely my own and provided for informational purposes only. They are not a substitute for advice from your doctor or health care professional.

 




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