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.                                    

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.