Okay all you runners out there…I need help! I’ve only started seriously running this year, and until now, I have never done running as a sport. All my running history has come from conditioning for other sports. (You can read about my running past and present here!) As I am become more and more of a runner (yes, I feel like I can call myself that now!), I do feel like I need to educate myself on a few things.
Number one: Compression socks!
I’ve seen a lot of talk about compression socks on twitter and on other blogs, but I really do not know what they do. Are they necessary for all runners? Are they especially necessary for marathoners? Do you wear them while running, or just after running? How do they help? Will they help with my current knee/quad/hamstring/gooloo pains? Do I need to get some?
Number two: Foam rollers!
Again, I have heard other runnings tweet about how they spend hours foam rolling. What does foam rolling do? Does it do more for the muscles than stretching alone can do? How does it work? How often are you supposed to do it? Do I need to get one?!
Is this the right kind? (see below)
Or is this the right kind? (see below)
Number three: The Garmin!
It seems like every runner has one of these! I know that they measure heart rate, distance, and pace…but they are so expensive! Does anyone know where to find one a little less expensive or another brand of watch that has the same features? Do I need to get one?!
This pink one is pretty cute!
Number four: The Ice Bath!
When should this be done? After longs runs? How long of runs? How long do you stay in the bath? How does it help? How can you bare the cold?! I don’t like my bathtub…can taking a cold, cold shower work as well?
I do plan on researching these things myself, but I would love to get any advice from YOU! Being a newby runner, I could really use any advice, even if it’s not about these four things, so please throw it all my way! Thank you so much!
…and if anyone out there (ahem, that’s you husband) needs some advice when it comes to getting me any birthday presents come August…(oh wait, he doesn’t read this!)
Thanks so much!!!