“Oh crap” was my first thought when I got the email that I was accepted into the 2019 Chicago Marathon. At the time it felt like it was a long way away, but now that 2019 is here I have actually start training! I’m excited, nervous and scared all at the same time. I’ve never been big on working out, I played sports from when I was 5 and all through high school, which counted as my work out. But since then, I have been very sporadic with going to the gym or workout classes. So, I have no idea what it’s going to be like to start running every day. But, what I do know from the few weeks I have been running is that I feel much more energized, stretching everyday has made me so much more loose (hopefully I can touch my toes by the end of this!!!) and I am so excited for what is to come!
I have spent hours on the internet looking up training schedules, tips on running a marathon, what shoes to wear, what clothes to wear and how to mentally get through it all. It’s overwhelming to say the least. Most training programs start in May, but I know that I’m going to need way more time than that to get myself into shape. I have started off easy and plan to really get into gear in May when the true training should begin.
The good news is that I already bought the most important thing one needs when training for a marathon – my running shoes. One of my friends (that has run the marathon multiple times and is also the person that convinced me to run it this year (I won’t name names because I am unsure yet if I am mad at her for doing this to me)) suggested I go to Fleet Feet in Old Town. This was a great suggestion seeing as I did not know where to start with finding new shoes and this place was amazing!
For any first-time runners that do not know where to go or where to start, Fleet Feet is your place! I walked in and asked the first person I saw what kind of shoes I should get as first-time runner of the Chicago Marathon. I assumed someone would just show me some shoes and I would be on my way, but it was way more than that, thank goodness.
=I started by standing barefoot on some machine that essentially took a scan of the shape of my feet. From that, the sales associate showed me on an iPad what my feet looked like, their size, their width, the width of my arches, etc. It was so cool! He then asked me to walk back and forth so that he could see how my feet landed on the ground (I’ve never been so self-conscious of my walking!). By having the scan and seeing my walk he was able to see that the insides of my feet seem to hit the ground more often and harder. So, he was able to recommend three shoes to me that had a little more support on the inside sole to prevent it from wearing down faster than the rest of the shoe. I also found it so interesting that it is suggested to go up a full size when picking out gym shoes to run a marathon in. I am typically a size 9, but all the shoes brought out to me were size 10. This is so that your feet have room to swell when running and are not uncomfortable or result in blisters. I tried on all three shoes and ran on the treadmill with them (I would suggest wearing some athletic clothes when going to this store so that you’re not caught running on a treadmill with a dress like some people). It turned out that the first pair of shoes I tried were the best for me (linked below).
I was so pleased with this experience, so I recommend it to anyone looking for a new pair of shoes for any exercise! I learned about all the training programs that are offered, the right socks to wear, the right clothes to wear, the pick-me-ups that I need to take while running and so much more. If you’re a marathon newbie like me, this is an absolute must and will certainly make your run much more enjoyable!
Outfit details are below!
So far, I've been doing a lot of my running in Lululemon gear. Both my sports bra (the color im wearing is gone, but this is the same model) and leggings are Lululemon. While I don't use this hair tie to run, I use it all the time to quickly put my hair up to stretch and it's from Amazon! It comes in a pack of 6 for $8 and I love them so much! I wear them to make outfits more fun whether that's going out or to work.
My running shoes are from Fleet Feet and are New Balance. I love them SO much. They're so comfortable and don't constrict my feet at all. My yoga mat is from Lululemon and it's reversible. It has a polyurethane top which ensures that I don't slip or have a good grip when I am sweaty or doing hot yoga. The loop to carry the mat is also from Lululemon. It makes it so easy to roll up your mat to carry from place to place. I always have my favorite Nordstrom Swell water bottle next to me when working out as well as my roller to help out my muscles.