Spring is officially here. And whether you’re a seasoned runner or a couch-to-5ker there’s a handful of things you need to keep in mind before you hit the ground running.
This post was submitted by veteran runner and track coach, Mark Scott (right)
Okay, I have that bad habit of not having enough time to train properly. I want to make every run count so I go out way too hard every time I run as a result.
I finally found a friend to run with that does more distance and not too much on the track so that helped calm my speed down a bit to get distance in. But, I didn’t take the time to let my legs adjust to the extra mileage.
Just to be clear, I don’t run–I jog. When I lace up my shoes, I do so in the spirit of survival, not competition. I turned 40 a few years back, and like many men my age, I panicked. If you don’t believe me, just look at the results of any local 5K. The age groups really begin to stack up around 40 and above.
Don’t be fooled, though. There are many fast and talented runners in the Master’s (euphemism for ‘old’) Class. It is just that I am not, nor do I ever want to be, one of them. I am more concerned with my heart rate than my ‘splits’. I check my blood pressure, not my stopwatch.
Recently I and some others in the #a5K team went on a leisurely jog around our neighboring lake. It was on this occasion that I was first testing out my newly acquired MotoACTV. This was its first run through and so we wanted to give it the full testing in an area that was heavy with trees and a runner who was a prolific sweater (myself). We were also able to run a comparison with 3 other devices: 1 Garmin Forerunner 210 and 2 iPhones running the Nike+ app.
Saturday marked the second hosted #Anywhere5K, a virtual race that anyone could run from wherever they were. If you’re new to the concept it’s simple. Instead of registering for a scheduled race at a predetermined location, #Anywhere5K says, “Don’t bother. Go run your own race.”
No waiting for Saturday or Sunday or whenever. No registration fees or stale bagels or long bathroom lines. Just roll out of bed and go.
On Saturday we had a few handful of runners who accepted the virtual running challenge and ran their own race.