Running is a fabulous total body cardio conditioning workout, but let’s face it, it can be boring, challenging and hard on your joints. Too make sure your running experience is and stays good, here are a few tips:
1. Taking shorter steps will help you land on the middle of your foot and help your natural shock absorbers work.
2. Buy a bigger than normal shoe for running. Feet swell when running and your normal shoe size can become uncomfortable. A half size can make a world of difference especially in summer heat!
3. Don’t go solo! Studies show that we like to do things in groups and are more likely to stick with something longer when we have a buddy and accountability!
4. Invest in some good socks! Avoid cotton which holds moisture and dampness – invest in some light weight, moisture wicking material. Your feet will thank you!
GSG: What was your first Get Set Grow Event?
Laura: Hot August Nights at Lake Dow. I walked, and I finished 3rdin my age group. I was so excited.
GSG: Congratulations! What inspired you to start running?
Laura: It was the next step in my weight loss plan.
GSG: What are two things you do currently in your training that are keys to your success?
Laura: I love to hula hoop and jump rope. I constantly watch what I eat. I am in the process of renewing my training goals!
GSG: How would you motivate others to follow in your footsteps?
Laura: I would tell them to take baby steps. Let them know they don’t have to run their first race. Just get out there and walk!
GSG: What music do you listen to when you run?
Laura: I love music with a good beat…Bruno Mars, Maroon Five. It definitely has to have a good beat!
GSG: I noticed you bring you a bag with you to the races. What is in your race bag?
Laura: Ear-buds, a hat, Kleenex, gloves and croakies.
GSG: Do you have a motto or saying you live by?
Laura: Have fun…you know me, I am all about having a good time!