Helpful Links for Runners and Walkers

Training for your first 5K:  Overcoming Obstacles, article on AJC about training

Training for your First 5K: Six Tips for Training in the Heat, especially helpful in Georgia!

How to do the Run/Walk Method, good for those just starting out and for those who are looking for a different training method

Better Running Through Walking, based on Jeff Galloway’s methods

Six Tips for Walking a Race, for those of us who will probably walk most of the 5K

Decatur Running Routes , 10 Decatur routes that include elevation, developed by Decatur runners

Have fun, stay active, and be safe!

And if you haven’t yet joined Team Decatur, read all about it here.

Jeff Galloway Offers Advice for Exercising in the Heat

Former Olympian Jeff  Galloway offers advice for exercising in the heat in his lastest news-email. When you sign up for Team Decatur to compete in the Kaiser Permanente Corporate Run/Walk you will receive information from Jeff along with other health and fitness information.

“Do you find yourself saying “It’s too hot to exercise” a little too often? Air conditioning and a cold bowl of ice cream are calling your name. As the temperature soars, I know it’s easy to talk yourself out of exercise. But, step away from the freezer.

While you do have to make some adjustments to exercise safely, don’t let hot weather negatively affect your good habits. When your schedule allows, avoid the hottest part of the day and get your outdoor exercise during the cooler morning hours. If you know you’ll be out in the hotter afternoon or evening hours, drink water or a sports drink regularly throughout the day to stay hydrated. Fill and freeze a water bottle to take along with you for a cool refresher during your activities.

No matter how much you hydrate, when the temperature gets into the 80s, 90s or even higher, scale back on your running/walking pace or your overall exertion level to safely exercise outdoors. Experienced exercisers may even notice the effects of heat at a relatively cool 55 degrees! ”

Find recommendations for your pace based on the temperature and more tips and advice to handle summer’s sizzle with Jeff’s  Seasonal Training Tips.