For the Beginner Runner
Social X MKE’s run crew, F.E.A.R. (Forget Everything and Run) took off full speed in April with over 50 Xers showing up get the miles in! We are a run crew that encourages all levels of running from the beginner to the experienced runner. Want to start your running journey, but don’t know where to begin? Below are a few tips I’ve learned over my 22 year running career, to help you become a runner, a better runner, and a healthier version of yourself. We hope you will join us as we extend our Tuesday evening runs to Saturday Mornings too!
Shoes. Shoes. Shoes.
Get a good pair of running shoes. Running shoes can range anywhere from $35-$150 range. My suggestion would be to take a trip to Performance Running Outfitters- Brookfield, Oak Creek, and Shorewood. They do a perfect job of making sure you have the right shoe for your foot.
One step at a time.
You don’t have to take off running a marathon or a 6:00 minute mile. Start by setting a goal of running or walking a certain distance. Run two blocks and walk for one. Increase the distance you run and decrease the distance you walk each time you go for a run.
Know your body
When you first start your running journey soreness is definitely normal. Even though you have goals and want to reach them, make sure you know the difference between aches and pains and an injury. To keep your body movin’ and groovin’ be sure to do a dynamic warm-up, hydrate properly, and stretch after your run. Heating before and icing after helps the recovery process. Seek professional attention if you feel you may be injured.
The great thing about running is you don’t need much to do it. Just a pair of shoes and willingness to give it a try. I truly believe running is an activity that can stay with you for a lifetime. Lace up those shoes and step out on the pavement!
Join us for Every Tuesday at 6:30pm at Riverwest Filling Station and every Saturday at 8:30am at Atwater Park. No sign up required, just show with a great attitude!
By Tenia Fisher