Saturday, December 25, 2010

Running In Cold Weather

Did you run today? "No, it's to cold outside". I here that almost everyday now. Winter months seems to be the toughest for new runners. Truth is, it's never to cold to run. Here is what you need to do. Always
check the temperture prior to beginning your run. Next, dress in layers. You can take things off as needed.
On cold windy days, warm clothing should be next to you body. You may need a short or long sleeve shirt.
You could need them both. Experiment until you get it right. Next, use a jacket that deters wind. Remember to wear gloves and warm head gear as needed. There is a wide variety of clothing for cold weather running. So what's your excuse!

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Running Accessories

Running can be very enjoyable when accessories are added.
Some are for enjoyment, others are a necessity.A long run
with you favorite tunes on a portable music player,"heaven."
A heart rate monitor,"devine."A fuel belt is a must for long runs.Gels and other nutritional snacks can be carried on some running shorts as well as on  fuel belts.
Holders for music players can be purchased at a store near you. Enjoy!

Apple iPhone 3G 3GS Deluxe Adjustable Armband Sports Case Cover

Friday, December 10, 2010

Getting Inspiration

Inspiration can come from many sources. I was inspired by a gentleman who ran in my neigborhood everyday. Your inspiration may come from seeing a friend who has lost weight. You may wish to improve upon your health . Whatever your reason for running, make sure it's something that will keep you inspired. Make it part of your new definition of yourself. Tell yourself (and other), "I'm a runner".Now it's your turn to inspire others. Ready set go!

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Running Safely

 We have all seen runners dart in and out of traffic.Running can be done safely if planned correctly. In heavy traffic areas, run on sidewalks. If there aren't any, always run facing traffic.Use good judgement. Some areas are just plain dangerous to run in. Never run alone at night. Always be aware of your surroundings. It's alright to run in the nearest sub-division or use the high school track. Always wear light reflective clothing after sunset.Clip on lights can be purchased at running shops. Some of my early morning runs are in a Publix store parking lot.The lights are on and their employees are there early. Stay safe!

Strength Training

If you want to get the maximum benefit from running, try strength training twice a week.
Start with light weights. Don't over do it. Weights can be purchased at a reasonable price. I picked these up a a yard sale. No need
to buy expensive machines. Better still, try your local YMCA. They will have everything you need to get started. Furthermore, they will have someone there to assist you in reaching your goals. Read articles on weight training before you start. The library is a great source for material. After you've started , incorporate strength training in your weekly routine. Remember, lifting weights burn calories and tone muscles.                                    

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Scheduling Times To Run

Scheduling runs can be challenging.With work schedules, appointments and baseball practice, where can you find the time? First,you have to make a commitment to run. Next, you will have to make some sacrifices.
I start my day at 3:30 am. I'm on the road by 4. I know that sounds a little extreme,but remember,I said commitment. My schedule changes some days. If I miss my run in the morning, I run while I'm waiting for my son to finish his karate class. My clothes are in the car. I change at the library or stop by home if time permits.Fine out what works for you and go for it. You can always made adjustments.Remember, if we wait for the time when everything is just right, we will never begin.
Lastly, you might want to try using a daily planner. It helps you to see how your time is spent. Don't forget,you might have to make time. Pencil a run in where ever you can. These runs are for you. Now hit the road!

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

How To Start Running

When I was a child, I ran everyday.  I ran up hills, on streets and in fields. I didn't have to train to run, I didn't have to think about it.  It was just a natural thing to me.  Many of you probably had the same experience growing up. Running after 50 isn't so natural.  You have to work at it until it becomes easy for you.

Start running g-r-a-d-u-a-l-l-y.  Don't sabotage your efforts by trying to do too much too soon. You may be able to run only a few minutes at the beginning.  That's ok, you started. Keep at it. Don't give up! The rewards are worth the effort. Endurance will come. Now Get Out there and Try It!

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Running Isn't Always Road Racing

A good run at the beach is always fun and refreshing. Take time out to enjoy the scenery during your run. Shoes optional!

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Running Equipment

Before you begin running, it is very important that you receive a complete physical exam and approval from your physician.

Now it's time to start running.  The first thing you should purchase is a pair of running shoes. Your running shoes are the most important equipment you will need in your quest to run injury-free after 50. When choosing running shoes, you should visit stores that specialize in running gear. These stores have associates who are knowledgeable in the different types of running shoes. Select running shoes according to the size and shape of your foot. Your height and weight will also play a part in your choice.  Your associate can help you find the right fit.  When I first started running, I wore a well-cushioned shoe for training and long runs. As you run more, you should make adjustments in your shoe choices and consider rotating several pair.They will not wear out as fast. Remember the best shoes are not always the most expensive. Good shoes can be purchased at a reasonable price.

Running apparel should be made from a drip dry material. This material dries quickly and should keep you cool. Choose comfortable fitting absorbent socks.

Don't worry if you can't purchase new athletic wear.  The most important thing is to start running. Run in whatever you have that is comfortable to you. You can do it!

Friday, April 30, 2010

How It All Began

Running can be fun and rewarding after the age of 50. My interest in running began when I noticed an elderly gentleman running every morning. Rain or shine he ran. After watching him for several months, I decided to give running a try. I found out that it wasn't so easy. I couldn't run from my sofa to the refrigerator without gasping for breath. I didn't even look like a runner. I had a
transitor radio with a single earplug strapped to my waist. I wore a pair of 9th grade gym shorts. It didn't matter to me.I got started.

 I developed a passion for running. Along the way, I discovered the meaning of dedication and perseverance. I lost weight, gained confidence, and experienced numerous health benefits. I hope to share with you the joy of running, as well as tips, article reviews and links to assist you. So get Ready!

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Last Weekend's 5K

I've participated in more running events than I can count. I love the atmosphere, the excitement and camaraderie. It's all about the feeling you get when you put that number on your shirt, strap the time chip to your shoe and wait for the starting horn. So many runners, young and old, fast and slow, all there with the same cross the finish line! At this point in life, winning isn't everything, but it sure feels good when you do!

I won this award at a 5K road race last weekend.

About Me

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I have been running for more than 30 years injury free. I've run distances from 5K to marathons. My running consist of 30 to 40 mile weeks.I enjoy road races on weekend.