Runners Notes
By Heather Cass Erie Times-News staff blogger
If you want to know anything about the local running scene, ask Heather Cass. A member of the Erie Runners Club for 10-plus years, she is immersed in the local fitness culture, and she's taking your questions.   Read more about this blog.
Posted: December 29th, 2011
5 resolutions for runners

Everyone wants to lose weight, eat healthier and exercise more, but…chances are, if you’re reading this blog, you probably already mastered those. Here, then, are 5 resolution suggestions for runners:


1. Wear more reflective gear AND run defensively. In case you haven’t seen the news there have been a series of horrific pedestrian vs. car accidents in our area lately. This time of year you should light yourself up like a freakin’ Christmas tree with layers of reflective gear. And, even then, never assume drivers can/will see you. All it takes is the ding of an incoming text message or a dropped CD for a motorist to send you sailing.

 

2. Volunteer once a month. Pledge to give back to the sport you love. Pick a race a month or show up at the ERC Newsletter stuffing (every first Monday of the month at the Plymouth at 7 p.m.).

 

3. Take rest days/listen to your body. Stop ignoring the minor aches, pains, and twinges that tell you that something is “off” with our body. Keep “pushing through,” and your body will force a layoff (trust me…I know of what I speak).

 

4. Get on the roll. A foam roller is a runner’s best friend. Here’s why.

 

5. Add weight training to your workout. Running isn’t enough. Yes, it will melt off pounds and burn calories, but if you aren’t preserving muscle with resistance training and eating enough protein, you’ll never get the fit and firm shape you really want.

Posted in: Advice, Beginners
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One Response to “5 resolutions for runners”
  1. Tom T says:

    Heather,
    Everyone says that we should all do a little more volunteering. I can’t think of a better thing to do than to volunteer for something that you really enjoy….running
    Tom

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