I have been runner almost as long as I have been walking. I ran my first 10k with my dad when I was 7 years old. My parents were very active in running races and triathlons and I grew up watching them until I was old enough to race too. Since then running has shifted many times on my priorities list, at times barely even staying on the list. Now I am a professional triathlete coach helping runners achieve their goals. Some of you may also have grown up running, or recently gotten started with it, or maybe you only run when something is chasing you! Wherever you are in your journey, here are some tips to help you get started, re-motivated, or help mix things up!
- Set a goal. Having something to work towards will help get you out of bed on those days when you’d rather sleep in.
- You don’t need to start with all the fancy gear. Start with the basics and you can always add on.
- You do need good quality, well-fitting shoes. If you’ve never had a professional shoe fit, I highly recommend stopping by Runners Retreat on the walking mall and having them help you out.
- Mix it up. Don’t always run the same way, change it up to do some runs fast, slow, long or short. Make sure you do some runs just for fun – not focused on distance or pace! And change up where you run – trail running is a nice break from the roads. Cross training is great too – like HIIT Classes.
- Take rest days! Your body (and mind) will thank you.
- Find an accountability buddy. Even if they don’t do the runs with you, it helps knowing you will hear about it if you skip a run.
- Stay safe! Know your route before you run, share your run plan with someone, run against traffic, wear bright/reflective clothing when running in low light. If you run with music, consider only wearing one ear bud or keeping the volume very low to still be aware of noises around you.
If you are interested in running your first race, or getting a PR on your Half Marathon Pace, I will be offering professional training for The Winchester Battlefield Half Marathon, which takes place November 5th. This race has something for everyone – you can run the half marathon, or form a two person relay team (each person runs about 6.5 miles) or a team of 4 (each person runs a little over 3 miles). The training program includes a 12-week running plan, weekly group runs, private Facebook group, and professional group training. Cost is $100 for HIITLAG members, $110 for non-members.
Come explore this training session at the free kick-off meeting on August 1st at 11:00 AM at Snowden Bridge playground. We will also offer a free kick-off meeting on August 10th at 6 PM (will include a track workout) for those of you who cannot make a daytime meeting. We need at least 5 participants for this program, you can sign up now through Mind/Body or contact Carley Walker to enroll. Deadline for signing up will be August 12th.
Training starts August 15th, so lace up your shoes and lets get running!