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    Posted on November 29th, 2011 CoachGreg No comments

    coachHere’s a bit of information for runners who are starting our Couch to 5K program. It is not too late to sign up.

    Should I eat before we meet on Thursdays?

    Absolutely. What you eat depends on you and your habits. If you ate a reasonable lunch at noon, you should probably consume a light snack of 150-250 calories sometime between 3 and 4 o’clock.

    I heard that it’s supposed to rain on Thursday. Are we still meeting?


    Ok, but we won’t be running outside will we?

    Yes, we will still run outside. The only time I don’t go outside is when there are thunderstorms over my head and lightning is striking the trees I can touch.

    It’s supposed to be cold on Thursday. Are we still running outside?

    Yes. Dress in layers.

    How should I dress?

    Running is the easiest sport to get in to because the equipment barrier is pretty low. Shorts, shirts, shoes. Wear what you feel comfortable running in. A rule of thumb is to dress as if it’s 20 degrees warmer.

    What about shoes?

    This is Charleston, not the country. We generally wear them in public.

    No, what about running shoes?

    You want running shoes, even if you’re walking. And if you can’t remember when you bought your shoes, then you’ll probably want to buy new ones. I highly recommend visiting a specialty running or triathlon store that is staffed by runners who are trained to fit runners.

    I’ve heard that you need to drink a lot before running. How much should I drink?

    If you’re just getting started - don’t make changes to your diet or fluid intake yet. You may want to bring a water bottle with you to drink after we run. Dehydration is always an issue, even in the winter.

    Will you tell me what to do?

    Yes- telling other people what to do is one of my favorite pastimes. Plus, I own a whistle and a stopwatch and I’m not afraid to use them. We’ll also handout training schedules that will tell you how far, how fast, and how much time to spend running in between meetings.

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