Thinking of Running?
Before you begin, it's a good idea to see your doctor and get a
The single most important piece of equipment is a good pair of
running shoes. The
Running Network is a great place to read reviews of running
shoes and other products. When you follow this link, look for the
"Product Reviews" link at the top, right of the page. The Running
Network is also a good place for running news and articles.
To avoid injuries, start with walking and ease slowly into running.
The best approach is to run and walk. Work up to 5 minutes running
and 1 minute walking. If you cannot easily talk to the runner next
to you, you are going too fast.
No matter how fit you may be, you will probably experience sore
muscles. This is normal when you begin to run. However, if you find
yourself overly tired or unable to get a good night's rest you are
over exerting yourself.
Stretching is critical to runners. Stretch gently before running.
Finish each workout with easy stretching. Consult a running expert
for appropriate stretches for you. I suggest reading
article on Hal Higdon's website for some basic stretches and how
to do them.
Careful training may allow you to remain injury-free. Sore muscles
are normal when you begin to run, but if soreness or pain persists
for more than 72 hours, that may be the sign of an injury for which
rest or treatment may be required. Unless your primary physician is
a runner, he or she may not be the best person to treat your
injuries. Seek instead a doctor who specializes in sport's injuries.
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training schedule or
program is provided as a guideline for the development of your
specific training program. Prior to commencing any training program,
please consult a physician to confirm your ability to participate in
any such program. Your participation in any of our events is
completely voluntary and you assume the risk of any injury.