Monthly Archives: January 2016
Running is a simple sport at heart. Put one foot in front of the other; repeat. We don’t need special equipment or a specific location. It can be fast or slow. We can run 1 mile or 20. Just grab your running shoes and head out the door. Sure, there are other pieces of gear that may make our runs more fun, enjoyable, or social media worthy but all we really need are our feet and a good pair of shoes. Yes, some run barefoot. I’m not going into that here!
Please, if you take anything away from this training season please make it this: be consistent with your training and run in shoes that are right for you. It is very important to ensure that you are in the right shoe functionally for your foot and gait. The best way to determine your functionality is to get professionally fit at a specialty running store. They should take the time to ask you about your running, any injuries or nagging soreness, measure your feet, and then most importantly evaluate your gait by actually watching you walk and/or run. A good fitter can determine if your gait is neutral, over pronated, or supinated (under pronated). Basically, an over pronater’s ankle wants to roll inward and a supinator runs on the outside of their feet. We can talk more about the details, but even better you can ask next time you are being fit at your local specialty running store!
If you are local to the Columbus area, my favorite (and full disclosure I work part time for) is Fleet Feet/Frontrunner in Polaris, Worthington, or Lane Avenue in Upper Arlington. The most important thing however, is to go to a store that specializes in running/walking and that has good people with experience and knowledge in gait analysis. They will suggest shoes that are right for YOU and your feet.
Shoes are the one NEED we have as runners. The other need for female runners is a good sport bra. Those two things are the foundation of your equipment for our sport. Yes, specialty running shoes and a high quality sport bra will most likely cost more than what you could buy at a big box retailer. The investment should pay dividends in healthier, more comfortable training now and down the road.
You should get 300-400 miles or 6 months from your running shoes. The materials in the shoes that provide the cushioning break down over time and with the pounding from the miles. All miles count. That includes walking around in them so if possible keep them special for your training. Additionally, I like to get a second pair for race day, run about 40 miles on them, then save them for race day.
Enjoy the upcoming warmer weather, grab your new shoes, and head out for a run! Happy Training!
Welcome to the start of Cap City Half Marathon, Patron Quarter Marathon, and Commit to be Fit 5k training for 2016. This year we will be running, walking, and racing alongside the country’s best elite half marathoners in the USA Half Marathon Championships! We are 15 weeks away from the best tour of Columbus on two feet, now we just have to train for it.
Whether this is your first race or your 100th, make yourself and your training a priority. The best thing you can do for yourself in these first few weeks of training is to schedule your workouts. Write them down or put them in your online calendar. Block out the training time at the beginning of the week. Tell your family, friends, and coworkers about your goals and the times you will be out getting your miles done. Not only will that give them a heads up about when you will be away, but it will also help keep you accountable.
What time of day you run doesn’t matter, just do it when it works best for you. Some like to start the day off with a run or walk to set their day up right. Others, like me, use training as a way to rid themselves of the stress of the day and work out in the evening. No matter when you want to train, find a time that you will commit to and write it down. Establishing a habit is the goal of the first few weeks of training. Remember to keep it fun! We are so excited to share in your success this season. If you have any questions email firstname.lastname@example.org. Happy Training!