Team FaithQuest welcomes all beginners! We want to help you feel confident as you train to accomplish a significant goal. Here are some questions to some answers that you might be asking yourself:
Can I REALLY do this!?
ABSOLUTELY! You may be attempting something you never thought possible for you. We believe you can cross that finish line! The “trick” is to prepare yourself! Start and stick to a training plan! See our training plans!
What should I wear?
Take a look at our Running Gear Checklist to make sure you have what you need to be safe and comfortable while you run. Most importantly, order your Team Faithquest running shirt on our online store (coming soon) and wear it! It’s great for training, and you’ll definitely want to wear it on race day.
As a rule, what you wear should be made of wicking material. This will prevent sweat from soaking into your clothes and help keep you cooler. This rule applies to shirts, shorts, sports bras, and socks! (Cotton socks are the #2 cause of blistering!)
What kind of running shoes should I buy?
Choosing the right pair of running shoes is a very important decision and there are a lot of factors that need to be accounted for. Because of this, we recommend that you visit a specialty running store near you to be professionally fit. The process only takes a few minutes and is well worth the time! Our team members have recommended Road Runners Sports, Fleet Feet and A Snail’s Pace.
What you can expect:
- They will measure your feet to help determine the best shoes for you. If they don’t measure your feet, don’t buy your shoes there.
- They will watch you run to help determine the best shoes for you. If they don’t watch you run, don’t buy your shoes there.
- These stores are used to beginners! It might be scary to walk into a running store for the first time, but go proudly! Tell them you are new to running and are not sure what style you need. They will help find the right fit for you.
Do I need a watch?
It’s important to wear a watch in order to help keep track of your pace, or the number of minutes it takes you to run each mile. They can be expensive but you don’t need to spend a lot of money on a watch! GPS and other fancy watches are great, but a $7 watch from Target works just fine too!
What should my pace be?
When you are first getting started, don’t worry about your pace but rather focus on accomplishing a distance or total time spent running goal.