Been running lately?
The weather sure hasn’t been much help. It’s warming up, but unless you’re pretty hard-core, it’s tough to run in the rain. For indoor training, I have a stationary bike and an eliptical, having given away my balky treadmill. But there’s just no substitute for pounding the pavement.
What’s your choice for indoor training?
The Run for Boston 2.5 Saturday in Augusta, a fundraiser for victims and families of the Boston Marathon bombings, was amazing. Not just for the amount of money raised - more than $4,500 - but for the hundreds of runners who came together for the event.
We’ll pause from updating Paschal’s Pace today, as hearts and prayers go out to the victims of the blasts at Monday’s Boston Marathon. Here are a few links to this horrific story.
Looking for somewhere to run these days?
With the number of 5K, 10k and other races growing, keeping up with all of them isn’t easy. While I try to monitor the upcoming races as best as I can through various Web sites, it’s also helpful to get tips from race organizers and participants – especially since many of them these days operate on a shoestring.
Using any search engine and looking for something like "tips for beginning runners" will give you an overload of advice.
Much of it is similar, for good reason: Starting to run isn’t really rocket science. It’s like Stephen King’s advice to people who want to be writers: write.
So, if you want to run, run.
If you’re a beginning runner, still working up to your first 5K, it’s unlikely you’re ready to take on more-challenging races.
But if you’re an experienced runner looking for a little more adventure – or perhaps a touch of insanity – there are several area events suitable for squeezing every ounce of crazy out of you.
The granddaddy of these is the Tough Mudder Challenge, and we’ve got one right down the road in Wilkes County.
After unlacing from running in the Strength for Sawyer 5K on Saturday, I noticed a little tear had started in one of my shoes. I ran a few stitches through it to reinforce the spot, but I know I’ll need new running shoes soon.
Do you have a favorite shoe? Send me a recommendation, or let me know which shoe has or hasn’t worked well for you.
Of the great many fundraiser races held in our community, one being staged this weekend at Savannah Rapids Park has a singular focus: Helping pay the expenses associated with a lung transplant for a Columbia County elementary school student.
Did you run in the GRU-Augusta Half-Marathon or 10K?
A lot of people did. The race is by far the largest staged in the area, and grew tremendously with the addition of the 10K. Undoubtedly it would grow even bigger with a 5K component; the proliferation of those events is a good sign of the growing interest in entry level running events.
Are you participating in the GRU Augusta Half Marathon and 10K on Sunday?
Hundreds of people will. It’s undoubtedly our area’s biggest running event, even bigger this year because of the 10K option.
That’s good, because a half-marathon is barely one notch below the marathon and triathlon in its intimidation factor.