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Board of Contributors: Running resources

A jogger runs along a levee at sunset  in  New Orleans, La.,  Monday, Aug. 13, 2007. Officials called for a heat advisory due to  soaring temperatures and high humidity    (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

A jogger runs along a levee at sunset in New Orleans, La., Monday, Aug. 13, 2007. Officials called for a heat advisory due to soaring temperatures and high humidity (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

Smart phone apps

There are tons of apps available for your smart phone. Many offer both free and paid versions, where the paid version gets you access to more features. Runkeeper and SportTrackLive are two that I am familiar with.

Each will:

∎ Track your distance and pace

∎ Allow you to set goals

∎ Reward you for longest distance and fastest pace.

Runkeeper is available for iPhone and Android. Sport Track Live is Android only.

Local stores that support runners

If you’re going to stick with running, I highly recommend getting a pair of sneakers that you use only for running. A new pair of sneakers was my reward for having run for 20 minutes straight.

Concord has Runner’s Alley and Joe King’s on Main Street, and there are other options on Loudon Road as well. I purchased my most recent pair of sneakers at Runner’s Alley and was thrilled with the experience. I have also had success buying sneakers at Joe King’s.

Songs to move your feet

When looking for songs to listen to while running, I visited the website jog.fm for suggestions.

Once you enter your desired pace (i.e 12-minute mile), the program returns suggestions such as “Since U Been Gone” by Kelly Clarkson or “Fortunate Son” by Creedence Clearwater Revival. Once you’ve identified the songs you like and that fit your pace, you can manually make a playlist with your own software (such as iTunes) or download the jog.fm app directly to your phone, and it will use your own music library to generate a playlist.

Tips for running safely

∎ If you can, run with a buddy. If you do run alone, make sure someone knows where you are headed and when you expect to be back.

∎ Alway carry identification, including the name and contact information for someone that should be contacted in case of emergency.

∎ If you have medical issues or allergies that can be life-threatening, make sure those are noted on your ID.

∎ If you must run in low light times of day, wear bright colors or reflective clothing and try to stay on lighted areas.

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