Me on 2/10/2019

My journey to becoming a runner and to get to my God-given weight has been an adventure. I have been an athlete since the fourth grade, and I never had to worry about proper gear and proper fit. For some reason, I had coaches, parents, and peers to make sure I was in the right uniform and ready to perform. Being in the proper gear carried over into the Army, you always knew what uniform you had to be in, where you needed to be and be ready to work without excuses. Since my training regiment, it has not been without a comedy of errors, and I have a lot to learn.

Clothing for all types of weather for running:
In my adult life, my principle sport of choice has been cycling. I can tell you there is a difference in gear between cycling and running. I have come back from runs where I was so overdressed I was drench in sweat and overheated, to underdressed and nearly freezing.
I have to be attentive to the weather reports because I run in weather from the 30s to ups to the high 70s range. This ever-changing Texas weather has me buying more clothing to adapt to the weather changes.

Run belt, HR monitor, Garmin Fenix 5X GPS watch, MP3/Bluetooth with headphones, Road ID wrist band, $20 cash, Electrolytes, and glasses.

Accessory gear and a hydration pack:
In all my runs, four miles and up, I have run with a hydration pack, but as of recent, I have opted to use a handheld water bottle. I want to get down to becoming minimalist in gear eventually, but my wife insists on me taking my phone, so the run belt stays for now.

Injuries:
I have had two injuries since my training began on December 28th, 2018. I have taken a tumble late at night coming back from a seven-mile run and scraped my left knee pretty bad. My adrenalin got me back home, and my wife was kind to dress my wounds.
My other injury has taken me five days to recover. I strained some tendons in my left calf, all because I did not have the proper shoe size nor the right type of shoes. I figured my foot pain, and calf pain was just part of the training. I know that it may seem obvious, but you should always have a half inch to an inch of room for your toes in your shoes. For any endurance sports, your feet will swell and you will need that extra room in your shoes. My foot size is 11, and that was the size of the shoes I was using. I did not account for foot swelling when running. This cost me five days of training.

Yellow Newton Distance 7, Green-Newton Motion VII, and the Brooks Ricochet
Rear View

Proper Shoes:
I went to a running store and got fitted. I tried different brands of shoes and finally settle on the Newton which is a brand I am familiar with. I bought the Newton Motion VII in green, with a 3mm drop, from the store and then ordered the same brand shoes online, the Newton Distance 7 with a 2mm drop which was cheaper online. I also ran across the Brooks Ricochet at Academy Sports & Outdoors and couldn’t resist. I liked the style of the Brooks and will use them to be out and about not for running. By the way, it turns out that I wear a size 12 in the Newton brand and in the Brooks brand, remember your shoe size may vary from brand to brand.

I ended up donating all my shoes and clothing that did not fit me. I had items still very new.

From now on I will be more mindful on what I’m buying, why I’m buying it. I don’t mind donating but it did cost me money for not being honest with myself.

What have you learned from something new that you are trying out with a sport, hobby or career? I would like to hear about it.

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