The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia


April 16, 2014

Just do it W.Va.!

Runners give chase to negative statistics



Upcoming races:

Earth Day “It’s Your World, Go For the Green!” 10K/5K , Sunday, April 27. Race begins at 12:30 p.m. at the Woodrow Wilson High School track. For more information or for registration, visit www.iplayoutside - event ID# 15178.

5K and Clover Fun Run to benefit Raleigh County 4-H, Saturday, May 17, 9 a.m.

Entry fee is $20. For more information, visit:

“It’s a Hospice Thing” 5K to benefit Hospice of Southern West Virginia, May 31 at

YMCA Soccer Complex.Visit or call304-255-6404 for moreinformation.

John Henry Days 4 Mile Run & 1 Mile Fun Walk, Saturday, July 12, part of the John Henry Days Festival,Talcott, W.Va. Visit

Tips togetting started:

If you’re starting from “couch-zero,” try the Couch to 5K running plan or mobile app C25K, available on iTunes or at  

OR, just start walking then gradually add in segments of jogging, until you can manage the distance without stopping to walk.

Distance doesn’t have to get technical … yet. Go from one light pole or one road sign to the next. When ready for the road, pick a runner-approved route. Don’t run where there is an obvious lack of shoulder or sidewalk or where there are too many blind curves; don’t run on roads or trails running through high-crime neighborhoods.

According to Road Runners Club of America, proper running etiquette is to run against traffic if running on the road; if running on the sidewalk or a multi-use trail, travel on the right and pass on the left (

Who won the race — was it the tortoise or the hare? It was the tortoise! Don’t pressure yourself too much on speed at first — learn to go the distance, to run those syrupy slow early attempts, then enjoy the accomplishment of improving from there.

“The hardest step you’ll take is putting your shoes on”— advice from Missy Burleson and the runner’s equivalent of “90 percent of success is just showing up.” If motivation is an issue, find a buddy to keep you accountable.

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