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: November 9th, 2012
Best Running Advice

I asked area runners, what’s the best running advice you’ve ever gotten?

You can run through any injury as long as you use common sense and moderation. — Tom Toale

My dad told me alternate hard day, easy day and take Sundays off. Don’t run over 1000 miles a yr. I don’t even run! Lol — Karen Vrenna Coccarelli

Have fun. — Pat Krott

Everyone is welcome / invited — Christine Vassen

Increase mileage by no more than 10% a week or you’re looking for an injury!! PLUS–the most helpful invention for runners—Body Glide!!!!!! — Sarah Rose

To start! It’s life changing! — Karen Groshek

Poop before you run!  LOL — Tracy Jenks

Never start a race at full speed…save your energy. — Michelle Hetrick

When running in the woods (where there could be bear, coyote, etc.) make sure there is at least one runner slower than you. — Cyndie Zahner

Enjoy your friends or those you run with, but know how to be alone and trust yourself while you push. — Greg Cooper

Listen to your body…easier said than done, but great advice. — Ginny Sacket

Don’t stop to walk unless you have picked out the point you are going to start to run again.  — Amy Cronk

Run barefoot! I would have quit running years ago if I hadn’t given up the shoes. — Tom Madura

Have fun! — Dennis Albrewczynski

I’ve gleaned lots of useful tips from runners, doctors, magazines over the years, but one of the most important lessons came from a running partner who had many more years (and miles) on his running shoes than me who insisted I take rest days when I was training for a marathon.

There was a time that I never took rest days. Never. Like never ever (sorry, listening to a little too much Taylor Swift lately) On my “rest days” I’d walk — 4 to 6 miles — because I was afraid I’d gain weight if I missed workouts.

Exasperated at my refusal to take a real rest day, he simply said….”Why are you running a marathon? Is it to lose weight or to accomplish 26.2 miles? You have to decide because you really can’t do both. Which master are you serving?”

Some of the other sage advice I’ve gotten:

* Write the date you bought your shoes on the tongue of your shoes with a Sharpie marker so you know when to replace them.

* Buy two pairs of shoes if you run consecutive days so you can switch them out (and you often get free shipping).

* When it’s dark or at twilight, sunset….Wear a reflective vest/coat or consider yourself roadkill.

* Carry a flashlight. When a car comes, turn it on and aim it at your feet, so the light shines on your moving feet and doesn’t blind you or the driver.

* “Real” running clothes are worth every dollar.

* Yak Trax work.

* Listen to your body…it will tell you everything you need to know (But, like Ginny said above, heeding what your body says is the hard part).

* When you run in a group, establish an order so you know who jumps in front of who when a car comes and you have to go single file.

*Big race at PISP? Stop at the Ranger Station for your final pit stop (and avoid the porta-john lines).

* Run your own race.

* You don’t have to prove anything to anyone but yourself.

* Shake out your shoulders/arms in a race. Runners have a tendency to tighten their muscles and “hunch up” when under stress. Shake out every mile or two.

* Train at a pace that allows you to talk, but not sing. Race at a pace you can’t  have a conversation.

* Never engage (flip off, yell back, etc.) an angry driver. They have a 2,000-lb. vehicle that can definitely outrun you.

 

Comments
2 Responses to “Best Running Advice”
  1. Tom Madura says:

    My advice is to give up shoes and yours is to buy 2 pairs at a time? clearly I have more educating to do. My work is never done… ;-)

  2. Heather Cass says:

    LOL. I know, Tom…I know….I’m hopeless. :-)

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