So, You Want to Be a Runner…

October 12, 2015


How to Hit the Pavement Safely and Have Fun in the Process


Fall is here and nothing beats running in the cool, crisp autumn air.  It makes you feel alive, doesn’t it?  Fall is a great time to lace up those sneakers and start running – it’s not humid or too hot.  And while you still need to stay hydrated, you don’t have to worry as much about it if you were in run in warmer conditions. 


“How do I start running?” is a question I get asked a lot.  My answer is always very simple: start running.  Of course you want to start slow as well as listen to your body when you need to stop and take a breath, but the only way you will improve is to get out there and do it. 


While I am not an avid long distance runner, I do include some in my workouts.  I’ve created a list of tools that may help all of you newbie’s looking to find your running groove.  Hopefully these tips will also make your runs more enjoyable…because exercise should be (somewhat) enjoyable!


  1. Fitbit.  This item records mile, heart rate, calories burned, etc.  All of these recordings can actually help motivate you to run longer or push harder.  This tool is definitely worth the investment if you enjoy looking at the facts!


  1. Nike Free 5.0.  This is the running shoe that I love.  However, this may not be the right running shoe for you.  As I have mentioned in a previous post regarding proper footwear, it is very important to get your feet examined by an expert to find the right running shoe for YOU.  A lot of running stores around Chicagooffer this – take advantage!


  1. Running Hydration Belt.  There are many on the market so it really comes down to what you think is most comfortable.  The belts let you carry water and other supplies you may need.  I personally hate carrying anything in my hand when I run!


  1. Men’s/Women’s PrimaLoft Packaway Vest.  These vests are amazing – so thin yet so warm!  I don’t like my arms covered (only long sleeves in the cooler weather) by a jacket.  This vest does a great job keeping me comfortable.


  1. Fruit infused water.  Water can be pretty boring.  However, water is the best thing you can drink before, during and following a workout.  I don’t want the added calories, sugar or creepy ingredients in a lot of the sports drinks out there so I make my own fruit infused water.  Strawberry is a favorite as well as pineapple and mint! 

The Author

Karen Bobos, MSed

Karen M. Bobos, MSed, has been in the fitness industry since 1996 and feels her highest accomplishments are those results achieved by her clients through her guidance. She educates clients that there is no trick to being healthy, no magic pills, but rather optimal health is achieved through eating right and moving your body.

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