You don’t need to be a triathlete, or even a speedy runner to join Atlanta Tri Club for this week’s free Workout of the Week. Just head to Road Runner Sports off Roswell Road in Buckhead on Tuesday evening for a two- to seven-mile (your choice) walk, aerobic run, or tempo run. All levels are welcome, so don’t let your pace or distance level hold you back. If you love it, go back and do it again next week. The Atlanta Tri Club holds the Tuesday runs every week, year round. Meet at around 6:15 p.m. to start running at 6:30 p.m. Let them know you’re there for the WellATL Workout of the Week. Happy running!
When it’s not busy asking you to change your password for the umpteenth time or crashing and losing a project you’ve worked on for two hours, technology can be pretty darned nifty. And we’re not just talking about the existence of animated cat gifs. Need proof? Behold this interactive map of the most frequented walking and running routes in the world. A company called Mapbox worked with data from popular tracking app Runkeeper to visualize more than 1.5 million walks, runs, and bike rides. The result is an oddly beautiful network of colorful lines revealing where Atlantans like to move. The BeltLine, Piedmont Park’s paths, Freedom Park Trail, the PATH, Stone Mountain Trail, and other obvious pedestrian thoroughfares glow neon pink while other areas show only the occasional squiggle of dark blue. The resulting overlay is as useful as it is gorgeous. Where’s your favorite Atlanta running or walking route?
Take advantage of the balmy December weather this week and go for some interval runs around your neighborhood before the chill of winter sets in. This one is easy and quick. Here’s how it works: You’re going to be using telephone poles as your distance markers. Start at one then run the distance of two poles at a fast pace/sprint. Walk or jog the next two poles. Repeat for 15 minutes and finish by holding plank with proper form as long as you can. Log your score (sign up for Logsitall for free) then get back to recovering from the holidays.
After knocking the sporty fashionistas off our to-do list with the last WellATL Gift Guide, we turn our attention to runners. They can be tough to buy for… Shoes need to be properly fitted and are a very personal decision. Races are tough to give as gifts because you don’t always know the recipient’s schedule. And you can only have so many training books. Fortunately, there are other options. These five thoughtful gifts will bring a smile to your favorite racer’s face, guaranteed.
It’s a wrap! >>
This week’s Workout of the Week (WoW) is brought to you by Big Peach Running Co. and is a great chance to get out and meet some like-minded WellATL readers. All you need to do is lace up your running shoes and meet at 6:15 on either Tuesday or Thursday evening at BPRC’s Decatur location (114 East Trinity Place) for a group run through downtown Decatur. It’s free, it’s fun, and you could win a $25 Big Peach gift card just for showing up and saying you’re there for the WellATL Workout of the Week. Sure, it’s cold outside, but nothing warms the body more than a good run and nothing warms the heart more than meeting awesome new people (awwwwww!). If you finish the WoW, log your score (sign up for Logsitall for free), and find yourself wanting more runs with awesome, supportive people, check out the weekly group runs at all seven of Big Peach’s metro locations.
If you’ve been thinking about doing your first triathlon, now is the time to set your 2015 goals and start formulating a plan. The official triathlon season generally runs between May and September, and you’ll need anywhere from two to nine months of training time, depending on your race distance. To help you make an educated decision about which race you should choose, WellATL tapped Bethany Rutledge, coaching director of the Atlanta Triathlon Club, to breakdown the training, estimate the costs, and recommend nearby races for each type of triathlon.
Which race is right for you? >>
So you’ve signed up for a race. Now what? Plans like running “30 easy” or “10 easy, 15 moderate, 15 easy” are not training. Those are exercise. How do you know if your 30-minute, easy run is enough? What does “moderate” actually mean? It’s simply not effective. Instead, aim to be the best runner you can in the time you have. Here’s how:
Speed and endurance training >>
Running and homelessness – it might seem like they go together like toothpaste and orange juice, but our friends at Back On My Feet think they’re more like peas and carrots. This national nonprofit uses running to transform the lives of homeless individuals. WellATL hit the pavement with Mandy Putnam, Director of Communications and Corporate Relations for the Atlanta chapter of Back On My Feet, for this week’s Friday Five.
22,286 miles and counting >>
I don’t like to work out. I have been out of shape for most of my life, and there is a good reason for that: Exercise is unpleasant and I hate it. But this year, I decided it was time to take a stab at becoming a better/faster/stronger version of myself —and running seemed delightfully low-maintenance to me. No expensive gym membership, no locker rooms, no body builders, just shoes and the outdoors. And as it turns out, I learned a lot of things in those first few miles that nobody covered on fitness blogs. I’m a newbie runner, and these are my confessions.
Action movie soundtracks, baby manatees, and runner’s amnesia. >>
Compression socks look ridiculous on me. I know this because my wife sometimes stops me post-run and taunts, “You know you still have those things on, right?” Because my old trainer spotted me dropping my son off at school and heckled, “Hey Sullivan! Nice socks!” And most of all, I know this because it’s true. There was a time when my workout attire didn’t invoke finger pointing and laughter. I was never a stellar runner, but in my twenties and thirties I enjoyed a modicum of running circle mediocrity. I posted some respectable times, took home the occasional trinket for placing in a local 5k (amazing how gratifying a $3 plaque can be). My personal records included a 40-minute 10k and a 1:26 half-marathon. I even completed the NYC marathon once. I always had running buddies who were faster, but the thing was, I could hang and that meant a lot.
Injuries, aging, and the quest for solutions >>