Happy New Year to all runners and new runners welcome to the tribe! So, if you are new to the running community you are asking yourself why should I run? Running is a state of mind for some people. All you really need is a great pair of running shoes, which if you are going to continue running I highly suggest going to a running store and talk to a specialist about choosing a pair perfect for you. I made the mistake of first investing in a cheap pair of shoes, but after my toes fell asleep while I running, I realized cheap shoes is not smart.
Where should you go? Well, in Longmont I go to Shoes & Brews. Great staff, they are amazingly helpful. After you choose your shoes you can get a Brew, because shopping can be so tedious sometimes. If you are ever in Longmont or driving by, I suggest stopping in. They also have built an amazing running community. We support each other with all our goals. If you are not close to Longmont, try Road Runner Sports they have several locations. I have been there several times to pick up my swag from 3W and they also have an amazing selection of items. I would love for any other runners out there to suggest other running stores, because I am always on the look out for new stores.
Okay, you now have your shoes, but are trying to meet your goal of running a race a month right, or if you are a bit over competitive like me every weekend? Where to find a worthwhile race? Last year I ran several races and already two this first week of the new year, both races were through 3W. On the first, I ran the Resolution Race. I love the hat it is a perfect addition to my running ensemble. Every 3W race I have done has been well-organized, had great swag, a fun course, they sponsor amazing charities, and early packet pick up is always easy.
As a Christmas present, I was given the 3W Winter Six Pack which is a great way for beginning runners to start. The Six Packs are North and South so check out 3W’s site to sign up for one that works best for you? Check out the Winter Six Pack and don’t forget you can sign up for a Summer Six Pack. Prairie Dog Series is also a great one to check out. You can see that one of my goals this year is to try out as many races as possible including doing some series. Another goal is sharing my blog which I hope will be helpful to any runner.
Okay, Runners what are your goals for the new year? I’m going for the 1000 miles for the year, more races, and informing runners to strengthen our running community.
Upcoming January Races:
Lafayette Oatmeal 5K walk/run January 13
Winter Six Pack January 20 (Westminster) by 3W
Yeti Chase January 28 Racing Underground
Plan ahead for February:
Check out the 3W site for Heart throb
Check out Racing Underground Ralston Creek