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!

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.