Spring Runs and Walks in West Georgia
By gbrandenburg on in Announcement
Check out our events calendar for a listing of some awesome walks and runs coming up this spring in Carroll, Haralson and Heard counties!
Hints for having fun at a run
1. Don’t be nervous. There will always be people who finish before you and people who finish after you. Don’t try to win the race. Make it a challenge to yourself to just finish.
2. Pace yourself. Try to find people close to the pace that you can keep up with comfortably. Don’t start out too fast.
3. There is no shame in walking. Some people run; some people walk. Others do a little of both. Do what feels best for you.
4. Enjoy the moment. The whole experience is unlike anything else. Along the way, you hear the collective pounding of sneakers on the pavement all around you. People sit in their front yards and gather on the sidewalks just to cheer on complete strangers. When you look around, you see people who are all there for one common goal. Listen to some rockin’ songs on an iPod which may help you keep going. When you see the finish line approaching, no matter how tired you feel, dig down deep and give it everything you’ve got left. It’s the most fun you’ll ever have running.
5. Keep moving. Don’t stop moving just because you cross the finish line. Keep walking for several minutes to cool down, and visit the water station to get hydrated. Stay on your feet as much as possible—this will help you avoid cramps and post-workout soreness. Spend several minutes stretching, too, focusing on the calves, quads and hips, which are likely to be sore in the coming days.
6. Be proud. Be proud of yourself for finishing the race, even if you walk the entire distance.
7. You CAN do it. You will see children under 10, seniors over 60, pregnant women, dads pushing strollers, tall, short—every size, shape and age imaginable. Don’t let the fear of coming in last deter you—it’s still better than all the people who never try.
8. Try again. Set a goal to do another race, maybe try to get a better time or to run a little more. Setting goals like this will help keep you motivated.