Saturday, April 18, 2015

Gazelle Girl - Half Marathon - and tips for beginner runners

Tomorrow is the annual Gazelle Girl half marathon race. That's 13 miles.  There's also a 5k race, which is only 3 miles.

Several of my friends are pacers for this race, which means they will run an even 12 or 13 minute mile, depending on what pace they signed up for.  To be a pacer, you must be in good athletic shape to be able to run the entire distance at the pace you signed up for, and you need to be carefully looking at your GPS watch during the race to keep everyone on pace.

I'm proud of my friends for training hard over the cold months to be able to run the half marathon!

If you've ever wanted to start running, I recommend the "Couch to 5K" program.  That's how I started running.  Basically it's a podcast you listen to on your ipod or phone, and you run along with it.  Each program is about 30 minutes long, and in the first one you run for 1 minute, then walk for 2 minutes, repeat.  The podcast MC guides you and tells you when to start running and when to stop, along with cool music.  The Couch to 5K program works very well to train you to run - if you follow it.  Complete details on the program are available here.

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