#100happydays Day 96 Lunch’n’Learn

#100happydays Day 96  Lunch’n’Learn

I had the opportunity today to talk to people about running. My “day job” company offers lunch and learns a couple of times a week and I was asked to talk about running. We are getting a team going to run/walk the Terry Fox Run on September 14th and we thought they could use some pointers about shoes and clothing and general new runner information.

Glenis helped pull my props together, shoes, clothes, sports bras, and socks and helped me decide what I should cover. We both have been leading running workshops for a number of years so setting one up is pretty easy for us.

The turned out that the event made it an intimate affair but that was great because I could address questions and the following discussions right away. I am always surprised how comfortable I feel talking about running; I really enjoy sharing my knowledge with newbies.

I covered safety first because I feel that is one of the most important things new runners should consider beside their shoes. Many runners throw being safe out the window when they are out on their run.

  1. Do run in a safe area – on the sidewalk, or facing light traffic. (If the traffic is heavy find another place to run) or on a trail
  2. Do wear something reflective – day and night
  3. If running at night do have a light – either carry a flash light or use some of the running specific lighting.
  4. Follow the pedestrian traffic rules. You can’t out run a car when you are crossing against the light.
  5. Tell someone or leave a note of your planned route.
  6. Watch for cars backing up.

Next I covered shoes and clothing. Running shoes always surprise people. New runners generally don’t give a lot of thought about the shoes they are going to trust their knees and back to. A lot of questions followed the tips I gave about pronation and foot type. I showed them how to do the wet test to see how their arches stacked up. Then we talked about the right socks and clothing that can make all the difference in how you feel when running. (click on image for larger view)

I touched on hydration too. I advised them not to let the race director dictate when they should drink, it’s you event, your body, you decide! Dehydration slows you down and can be the cause of blisters! You need water to keep your joints lubricated and your mind functioning. During your run take water with you and drink often.

Stretching and injuries are always a concern for new runners. I explained the difference between dynamic and static stretching and how to tell if you are really injured or if your body is just adjusting to the impact you are now putting it through.

I think the group enjoyed the talk and learned something about the sport they are getting involved in. I guess we’ll know when they show up at the store for shoes!

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