Starting a New Running Routine
For me, getting outside for an early morning run has been crucial to staying sane during our self-isolation time. If you are new to running or would like to start a new routine, here are some tips and tools to get you started.
Couch to 5K is great for absolute beginners. It easily will guide from walking to jogging to running in short spurts, and finally crossing the finish line to running a 5k all on your own. Many new runners have completed the course and moved on to 10k and beyond using this app.
Runkeeper is the app I use every day. It’s great for both beginners and more experienced runners to help keep track of your mileage, pace and route. You can also keep track of how you felt for each workout to give you a better idea of what works for you.
Zombies, Run is another very popular app for those looking for something a little different. The app guides you as a horde of zombies is virtually about to attack, instructing you when to jog, run or stretch and rest. It turns what, for some, is a mundane exercise into an adventure.
Stretching can be an important part of many runners’ routine. I’ve found that incorporating yoga to be a great way to add stretching into my fitness routine either before or after a run, or on a rest day. YouTube yoga master Yoga with Adriene has several routines specifically designed for runners.
To mask or not to mask
The CDC has recommended that we all wear masks while going about our daily activities, and those recommendations keep evolving (be sure to check their website for the most up to date information).
For runners, it is advised to run solo, in areas that are not populated and to stay home if you are not feeling well. I find that running early in the morning (I go at dawn) and along side streets has worked really well. If I encounter fellow runners, either one of us will change course and move to the other side of the street, off the sidewalk or safely along the street, giving 10 feet of distance apart.
Additionally, Runner’s World has recommended wearing a buff gaiter that can be worn around the neck and pulled up, for runners that want an extra layer of protection for them and the people around them It should be made from moisture wicking material. They are not sufficient for wearing for other outside activities, such as grocery shopping, but for runners practicing safe distancing, they can offer another layer.
A good pair of running shoes will be your very best friend when starting a running program. For runners, shoes are a very personal experience, with each runner developing a loving relationship with them. While most running stores are closed, several are now offering delivery. Louisiana Running and Walking Co. offers porch side delivery. Simply place an order from their website and select local delivery. Varsity Sports is also offering a Grab and Go option, with shoes available for online ordering, pick up or delivery.
In your ears
Many people choose to listen to music, podcasts and even audio books while running. Here are some great options to keep you going during your workout.
These are all available for free on your apple podcast app, or wherever you listen to podcasts.
Stuff You Should Know provides information and explanations on just about everything, from true crime to champagne, Rosa Parks, LSD and more.
Getting Curious with Jonathan Van Ness explores topics that the Queer Eye host is, well, curious about, and includes experts on everything from figure skating to neurobiology.
Armchair Expert with Dax Shepard offers interviews with celebrities and experts alike on topics such as men’s fitness, mental health issues, raising kids and more.
WTF with Marc Maron is a classic, old school podcast. Comedian Marc Maron basically pioneered the art of the podcast with his sit-down interviews of actors, fellow comedians, politicians and musicians.
Conan O’Brien Needs a Friend lets the late-night TV show dig deeper and make connections with the celebrities that appear on his show. Recent guests have included Judd Apatow, Jim Gaffigan, Kevin Nealon and more.
Barnes & Noble has created a playlist of some of their most recommended “reads while running,” and include classics like “The Complete Sherlock Holmes,” thrillers like James Patterson’s “Bookshot,” and books on running like “What I Talk about When I Talk about Running.”
Music is very personal, so it’s important to pick what moves you, makes you relax or gets your blood pumping, whether that’s showtunes, big classical productions, old school rock, rap or whatever. Create a playlist or check out Spotify for recommendations. Here’s our New Orleans Magazine dance party soundtrack, which also works great for when you are working it out.