Runners High is committed to involving the running community and initiating Austin-based charity efforts to help runners fuel the "high" for a cause. Yeah, it's great to run a marathon and feel good at the accomplishment at the end of the day.... but you know what's even cooler? Running to help the local St. Jude's, or raising funds that would go towards Alzheimer's research for every mile you run. At runner's high, we believe that every step taken in the right direction is a worthwhile step. Austin founded since 2005.
We are packing our bags and heading to the Rock 'N' Roll Marathon in Washington, DC. The race takes place March 11th, a Saturday, so most of the group plans on flying out the Thursday or Friday before. After the race, we'll spend the rest of our long weekend taking in the sites and sounds of our Nation's Capital before flying home on Monday. Stay tuned for more information on flights, hotels, and weekend information. You may go ahead and register for the race here. The current registration price for the marathon is just $85, and the half marathon is $75.
You may be eligible for FREE registration if you decide to participate with us in fundraising for St. Jude Children's Hospital. We are teaming up with some friends of ours at Cheap Movers DC, a long distance DC moving company, to fundraise as a team. If you are interested in participating in our fundraising efforts, please send a message to Kathy at firstname.lastname@example.org, and we'll make sure you stay in the loop.
Finally, the race is several months away, so you have plenty of time to train for either the half or full marathon. We will be organizing a novice and intermediate training program for the 20 weeks prior to race day. These groups will meet in the mornings 3-4 times a week to hit the trail at Lady Bird Lake near Austin High. If you're unable to participate in one of these training groups, we strongly urge that you figure out a training plan that works for you. We recommend Hal Higdon's Training Programs. It is imperative that you properly train for a long distance run to prevent injury.
Keep up with your running routine this summer with our Summer Running Series! The guys at NYC movers understand the importance of staying in shape even during the hot summer months. As the temperatures creep up, it can be hard to stay motivated with your running routine when you can work up a sweat simply by stepping out your front door. Our Summer Running Series is designed to keep you motivated and moving this summer season, so you can still fit into those jeans when fall rolls around. Before you hit the pavement this summer, here are some tips for staying safe while exercising in the heat:
Obviously this is important no matter the weather or workout you do. When the temperatures start to climb and you sweat more than usual, drinking enough fluids is especially key. Whether you prefer sports drinks or just plain water, take at least one full bottle with you and drink up both before and after your run. Popping your drink in the freezer before you head out is a great way to ensure it will stay icy and refreshing for most of your workout.
Don't be afraid to take it a little easier than usual; your body is working harder to fight the heat and might not be able to handle your normal pace or distance. Everyone is different, so if you know you are prone to fainting, heatstroke, or dehydration, listen to your body's signals. It's better to do a shorter workout than end up in the emergency room. For warnings signs and treatments for heat-related illness, check out these recommendations from Runner's World.
If you normally run in the afternoon, consider moving your workouts to early morning or late at night for more ideal temperatures. If outdoor runs are not that important to you, you could exercise in an air-conditioned gym, run in a pool, or even do a lower-impact workout like yoga on especially sweltering days.
Though this is easier said than done in many cities, try to find parks, trails, or other green spaces for your run. The shade from the plants will protect you from the sun and dirt or gravel paths retain a lot less heat than concrete. The guys at Cheap Movers NYC love running the shaded trails of Central Park to keep them in shape for the busy moving season.
First and foremost, slather on the sunscreen. A sunburn is the most preventable heat-related injury you need to worry about. Also be sure to wear sunglasses and a hat to protect your sensitive eyes and scalp. Wear as few clothes as you are comfortable with and make sure that they are made of light colors and fabrics.
Besides the obvious heat-related illnesses, other running ailments become more of a problem when the weather heats up. Sweating can increase your chances of chafing or blistering, so put Band-Aids or Vaseline on problem spots before your run. Wearing socks and proper-fitting shoes also help.
Though running with your best friend is fun and beneficial for you both, taking your dog on summer runs may not be the best idea. He can suffer from heat exhaustion, dehydration, and muscle cramps just like you but doesn't have the same recovery tools. Hot pavement could also burn your dog's feet. Be very conscientious of the weather and location of the run when taking your pet along.