Weekend Five – 5 Running Tips for Beginners

A while ago I was telling you here and here that I’d like to start running this summer, and by late summer / early fall to be able to easily run a 5K race. So I’m still researching, buying running clothing and accessories. While searching for the best training plan, I also found lots of tips and tricks for beginner runners from experienced runners – this kind of tips & tricks are my favorite, because it’s based on experience.

Running seems so easy, but I am sure it’s not. Takes time, patience, perseverance and dedication, like in all things you care about and want to make the best out of it. In the end, it doesn’t matter whether you come in first, tenth, or last. What’s really important is being able to say ‘I’ve finished’.

For the weeks to come, I am thinking on starting a 8 week series called Gone Running – I’d love to have bloggers who run as guest posting their experience with running from the day 1 until present and where I will be sharing my own progress on running. 🙂 I would love to hear your story and be a guest of my blog! If this idea appeals to you, please send me an email at hiitmom[at]gmail[dot]com.

Weekend Five Running Tips for Beginners

And now, the list of great tips and tricks I found most interesting and real:

  1. Set a goal and make a plan
    I just can’t work out without a goal – that’s why I started the year with a topnotch resolution and  that’s why I plan to run a 5K in late summer. I really need to see the progress, as this gives me the a great satisfaction.
  2. Try to avoid of the terrible ‘too’s – too fast too soon
    I have to admit I feel ready now to run at least 2.5 km (~1.5 miles) right from the start. And I am sure I’d be able to. It just seems that it’s not really good for your body to increase your mileage too quickly, because it can lead to injury. The max recommended mileage increase per week is 10%, so take the time to adjust each week. This means that I’ll be following my training schedule to determine how much I should be running. If I’ll feel like doing more, I’ll supplement my running with cross-training exercises such as biking back home. 🙂
  3. Get the right running gear
    Cotton is not a good fabric for running clothes, because it dries really slowly. Try instead running outfits made out of synthetic fabrics such as spandex and polyester, which are so much better than cotton at wicking away sweat. And, of course, you want to feel comfortable while training and running for your race, which means getting a running shoe that fit best. On this topic, I found a great post where Zelana Montminy give some tips for buying the perfect pair of running shoes for your feet.
  4. Listen to your body
    This one I already know it, but it’s always a good idea to keep it in mind when starting a new sport or activity. Your body is always trying to tell you where you are. Check how you’re feeling, check your morning pulse rate (if it’s up 10 or more beats above your average, it means that you haven’t recovered from the previous day’s training), check your healing injuries and take time off until everything returns to normal.
  5. Warm up, then stretch
    Warming up is really important, so light jogging or just brisk walking is always a good idea. As for stretching , it seems it’s better to stretch after the run, as stretching cold muscles can cause more harm than good.

How often do you run during a week? How do you cross train?

When was your first 5K and how quickly were you able to run a race?

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My First Guest Post is Published!

I’m more than thrilled that my first ever guest post has been published on ForTwoFitness‘s blog! For those of you who don’t know yet, ForTwo Fitness was founded by a fitness-oriented expecting mom, who discovered that there was a major lack of stylish maternity active-wear. The brand encourages women to keep fit and healthy during their pregnancy, while staying stylish and comfy. Even though TwoFor Fitness is serving customers in over 175 countries, it’s still a family-owned and operated business. All I can say is great job, and I hope I’ll be ordering maternity clothing really soon! This time, I’ll be celebrating my bump in style. 😉

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Today’s guest blogger was me, with a post about How To’s of a Fit  Baby Bump. I hope you’ll be following the link and read my blog post, along with the other great posts that have already been published on ForTwo Fitness blog.

Thank you, ForTwo Fitness!

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Do you remember the first time your guest post was published? 🙂

Armpit SOS & my Homemade Deodorant Recipe

For 5 months now I’m experiencing the same recurrent issue – after each waxing of the armpit area, my skin develops some red and painful areas that appear 1-2 hours after waxing and last about 3 to 4 days. I’ve seen several dermatologists and all said I need to cut down the number of times I wax that area; it seems my condition is caused by the snatching of the roots that became too traumatic for the armpit skin.

During those 3-4 days I can barely keep my arms together because of the pain. Each time I apply a store bought deodorant the issue increases in intensity and the redness and the pain grew. So I had no choice but to go deodorant-free for that days. Which for me is really stressful, because I sweat quite easily and a lot.

But then I remembered that some years ago (while breastfeeding) I used to make my own deodorant, out of all those healthy ingredients, and which was really effective.

So I decided to try again and do my costumed homemade deodorant, with all the ingredients that will soothe my armpit skin, and help recovery while keeping me dry most of the day.

Making a deodorant at home is really easy, but you’ll need some ingredients and tools to make sure everything will work out just fine – a thermometer, a set of stainless steel mini-mixer, a double boiler and some deodorant containers.

How to make

Home Deodorant with watermark

 

Prepare a double boiler or a bain-marie on the stove and turn on the heat. When the water starts to a boil, add the coconut oil, the Shea butter and the beeswax, mix with a spoon and let them melt. Once the composition is almost melted, turn on the mini-mixer and mix the composition really well. Once mixture is homogenized, take the double boiler away from the burner, and let it cool until the composition reaches about 37-38 Celsius degrees (98.6-100 F degrees).

Then gradually add the baking soda, corn starch, and alum stone powder. Make sure you stir slowly to avoid lumps in the composition. Immediately after incorporating all powders, add vitamin E. Before cool completely, add the essential oils and mix well.

If you have deodorant containers, pour the mixture into containers. Refrigerate for around 2 hours to completely harden before using.

Tip: If you’re using a deodorant container like this one, when preparing to fill the deodorant container, please make sure you keep the container upside down (with the cap on, of course), and pour the mixture though the deodorant pushing up wheel’s hole. Allow to cool in this position.

Yield: 3 deodorants valid for 1 month. Keep this homemade deodorant in cool places and away from direct sunlight. I used to make this quantity because also my husband and my sister were using it, but feel free to adjust the quantities of the recipe to your needs.

Note: If you want your deodorant to last longer than a month, you can always add some preservative.

And you’re done! 🙂 It’s that easy!

It’s really-really effective (like no bad odors after a full day at work and a workout later), and easy to make. Best thing is that you can play with the essential oils, so each time you make a new batch you can opt for new odors or improve the ones you liked.

The knock-out combination of backing soda, corn starch and alum powder will really help you stay dry – all three ingredients have astringent and antibacterial properties.

I can’t believe it’s June already and I am proud to say that I am taking Helly’s challenge really serious – 100 days without sugar. 🙂 3 days down, 97 to go. Up till now I am OK, no cravings, no cheating. Hopefully will be this easy all the way!

No Sugar with watermark

Have you ever experience a similar issue with mines after waxing?

Would you like to try to make a homemade deodorant?