Proper Training & Continued Motivation Are Key!
Dear Half Marathon Participant,
Welcome to the Southwest Half Marathon! We would like to congratulate you on making the decision to participate in this year's SWHM event. Whether you are a beginner, advanced or elite class runner, you have made a conscious decision to dedicate part of your busy schedule to the wonderful sport of running. You are truly remarkable individuals. On behalf of the entire staff at Palos Health and Fitness Center, we wish you all the best of luck and we would like to help you in any way we can to make your experience a joyful one.
Palos Health & Fitness Center Staff
Whether you want to run for health, fitness, weight loss, competition, or fun, you have probably noticed that there are many types of information available to runners at all levels of running. No matter at what level you are, mistakes will happen during the training and preparation for running. To make sure that you are readily prepared for your Southwest Half Marathon, there are mistakes that must be avoided.
For more detailed information, choose from the following categories:
- Mechanics of Running
- What to Wear, Shoes and Clothing
- How Much Should You Run?
- Day of Race: Nutrition and Pace
- Staying Hydrated
Consult Your Physician
The US National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute provides the following guidelines to help you identify when you should consult a doctor before beginning any kind of exercise program:
- You are over age 60 and not accustomed to vigorous exercise;
- You have a family history of premature coronary heart disease (under 55 years of age);
- You frequently have pains or pressure in the left or mid chest area, left neck, shoulder or arm (as distinct from the "stitch") during or immediately after exercise;
- You often feel faint or have spells of severe dizziness, or you experience extreme breathlessness after mild exertion;
- Your doctor has said that your blood pressure is too high and is not under control, or you do not know that it is normal;
- Your doctor has said that you have heart trouble, that you have a heart murmur, or that you have had a heart attack;
- Your doctor has said that you have bone or joint problems, such as arthritis;
- You have a medical condition that might need special attention in an exercise program (for example, insulin dependent diabetes).
If you would answer yes to any of these, please consult your doctor before running.