New Year’s Resolution – Become a Better Runner

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You read that right! My big New Year’s Resolution is to become a better runner. I would consider myself an average (well maybe below average if you count my lack of running because of the holidays) runner. I want to become a better runner. I’ve run some 5k’s, but I would love to work myself up to be able to run a 10k or even a half marathon. Talking with my Air Force brother yesterday has me reinspired to reach these goals. He gave me some tips on how to help my breathing while I’m running and how to work my way up to running faster and longer distances. So I have some techniques covered. Now I need to have the proper tools to make this journey a little more fun and easy.

Here are some of the things I’m going to need:

Get techy with a FitBit

Vibram Running Shoes

Shoes for when it’s too cold to go barefoot

Running Clothes

What running tips do you have? Do you have any gear you can’t go without?

27 thoughts on “New Year’s Resolution – Become a Better Runner”

  1. I have heard a lot of good things about the Vibram shoes — my feet always hurt after running, because I just use regular sneakers. I think I should probably invest in some better running gear, especially after the holidays 🙂

  2. I am not a runner (not even in my youth!) but it is something that I really want to work towards. I have been trying the walk/run combo for the last little while. I would love to run a marathon – what a feeling that must be!

  3. Thanks for the tips. I don’t think I’m ready to try out Vibrum Five Fingers yet. I don’t believe in bear foot running but I do believe in minimalist running so I’ll be checking out the other pair of shoes you talked about.

    1. I was skeptical of five fingers before I tried them. Everytime I would run in my regular shoes my ankles would start killing me and I could never run for any long distances. I tried five fingers and was able to run comfortably for long distances in them. But I will say I don’t use them near as much as I did when I first started running. I have other minimalist shoes that I run in that I tend to prefer. I love my five fingers for day to day warm weather shoes and for running on the beach when I’m on vacation. The perk to running with five fingers on the beach is that I can just run over into the water for a second when I get hot and can just spray them off when I’m done without having to worry about getting my socks wet.

  4. I’m not a runner and know very little about running but the gear you have shown looks nice and would work well for my kickboxing too. I’m always looking for clothes that are good for exercising in.

  5. The only running I do is to run home because I need to prepare dinner in like 15 minutes! Haha. I love how you promote fitness for women. My health is not that cooperative, though. I just do occasional walking (before the leg cramps sets in) and some exercises with my trusty old dumbbells.

  6. I prefer a heart rate monitor with Map My Run to the other fitness trackers. Training via heart rate is my preferred method. I also use Digital Running for their training plans, they just got me through my first half marathon! Good luck in your goals, running is my favorite sport.

  7. I’m a runner and I wholeheartedly agree with your list of essential supplies. I LOVE my fitbit. It keeps me motivated to get out the door and run even when I’m looking for excuses not to. And after years of knee pain from improper running form, I’m a big fan of barefoot running. Love my Vibram Five Fingers!

  8. bismah2010 – Oman – Stay at home mom of two toddler boys

    I have not done any running since high school. For me that is over 17 years ago. Wow I didn’t think it was so long ago.
    I love the look of the Vibram shoes on here!
    Wish you all the best 🙂

  9. I have been dying to get a pair of vibram running shoes. My current shoes impact my feet upon touching the floor… I need something more gentle on my ankles and knees.

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