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by • October 14, 2013 • Running wildComments (0)1036

Start training in autumn for results come spring


Bear track in snow - Run Wild

Jumpstart your running program for 2014 by making October the start of your “Physical Year.”  Here are some reasons to recalibrate your training in October instead of January.


No. 1

You gain additional time for improvement. Your body continues to gradually build on the base started in April and May.  The extra time also increases the potential for setting a new personal record in the local spring events.  Anchorage favorites include the Heart Run, Run for Women and Trent Waldron ½ Marathon.


No. 2:

Running now takes the pressure off of starting a new routine in the middle of winter. By January, running will be a habit, a lifestyle choice.


No. 3

Christmas comes earlier by focusing on October as a starting date for your training. You can justify buying more cold weather gear. Remember to dress in breathable layers, and make visibility a priority. Two shopping tips: Save big time at Skinny Raven’s Inventory Reduction Sale in October. Plus, REI likes to compete, so look for some great fall promotions.


No. 4

The darkest days call for the strongest commitment, getting to a health club for some treadmill time or out to the Dome to cruise the oval will add variety and keep your leg speed consistent with a reliable surface to run on. My favorite downtown athletic club is the Hotel Captain Cook unisex workout areas and clearly the best sauna in Anchorage. Need to grab a workout anytime, anywhere in Anchorage?  Go with The Alaska Club Gold Membership. Note: The East club has a banked indoor track. For those living in Anchorage or just passing through town, find time to run indoors at the Dome. It is little larger than the standard outdoor track. Consult the facility diagram to determine exact distances. Punch cards are available to use the track for maximum flexibility, or join the Anchorage Running Club and workout for free on a designated night starting in October and usually running through March. Check the ARC website for details.


Congratulations, if this has been your first year to embrace running/walking to improve your health.  The more you run/walk the more fun it becomes and by this time next year you will have over a year’s worth of conditioning. Depending on your goal this month, you will be able to run events ranging from a 5K to a marathon. Imagine running the Chicago, Portland or Moose’s Tooth Marathon?  Take the next step and commit to it. Live it. See you at the starting line.

Questions? www.mghalko@yahoo.com Subject: Running Wild.


Keep striding and smiling, 

— Coach Mike







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