So I thought I'd throw together this What-To-Do-For (fill in the blank) Guide just for you. Along with pictures, because I'm nothing if not helpful. You're welcome.
Not my foot.
Blisters are caused by moisture, friction or heat. Your best bet is to first buy a good pair of moisture-wicking socks (I'm a big fan of the SmartWool brand). Second, make Vasoline your friend. Lube it allllll over your feet before you put on your socks to go for a run. It works, I swear. More blister prevention tips here.
Not my ass.
Chafing can occur in a multitude of places on our bodies when we run, since it's caused by sweating and rubbing. My trouble spots are between my thighs (the dreaded "chub rub") and strangely enough, under my armpits. Those a little more well-endowed than me may experience it in and around the boobage area. Chafing is annoying, and it always throws off my run because I tend to obsess about it once it begins to occur. That's why I'm very choosy about my running apparel. Again, Vaseline is your friend in this instance. So is baby powder (for da boobs). More chafing prevention tips here.
I am ultra-picky about my hair when I run. It has to be UP. In a tight-tight ponytail. With no dangling strands. Either that, or I wear a ball-cap. Sephora has these great hair elastics. (Disclaimer: Headbands may be the way to go for you. I, however, cannot wear them, for I have a teeny, tiny head. As in, I can wear my boyz' hats.) Here's a link to suggestions on hairties and hairbands for runners.
4. Running with music
Running with or without music is a personal choice. I prefer the distraction and as I've said before, I HATE to hear myself huffing and puffing. I have an iPod shuffle, so it's as easy as clipping it on and heading out the door. Those of you with anything besides the shuffle need something to secure your device. Armbands seem to be the most popular choice. What works for you?
When my Sis and I were running daily one summer (that would be 2007), we both got hydration belts. I didn't like mine. It bounced around on me too much and I felt weighted down. However, when you are so dry-mouthed that you can't even make spit anymore and your lips are sticking to your teeth, one of these belts certainly comes in handy. Honestly, I haven't worn my belt since that summer though. I just hydrate plenty before and after running, and if it's really wicked hot, I just carry a water bottle. But here are some hydration pack choices.
6. Lack of motivation
Lately, this has been my biggest obstacle. See my mileage chart for May? Yeah.
Honestly? If I could find something that would motivate me to adhere to a running routine and to stick to eating healthy, it would feel like a weight has been lifted off my shoulders.
I struggle daily. To eat what I *know* I should be eating. To FORCE MYSELF to get out there and run. Oftentimes I lose the battle. I overeat. I put my pajamas on as soon as I get home from work.
But each day is a new day. To start again.
How do you find the motivation?