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There is a man that runs around my town all of the time carrying himself with no evidence of being tired. You may see him out at the park r...

6.04.2010

Internet. Running Tips For New Places. Weird Workouts.


Internet...finally.

We have internet finally at our house which means that I will be more up-to-date, for the next couple of days.

It’s kind of funny that as soon as I get the internet – I will be away working at a camp for five days. I will have my laptop and my phone (which serves as a modem) so I may be able to get online for a little bit.

This upcoming week will be crazy full of activity. If you have never been to camp or ever worked at a camp – let me tell you that you are always active when there. The afternoons are my favorite time because we get to go out and just play sports.

It’s going to be so hot. :)

Tips for Running in new places.

After we got all moved in – I got to go for some nice runs. It’s always neat to run in new places. Everything is new to you and makes for quality runs. While they are quality runs – running only makes sense when you are able to have fun and enjoy the runs.

I made a mental list while running of things that you should do when you decide to run in a new place.

1. Become familiar with the area. Just because you are new doesn’t mean to know nothing about the place.

2. Know your route. I’ve talked about it before here about mapping your route before you run. This way you will not be caught off guard with longer distances and times.

3. Wear an identity of some kind so that you will be known. In the event that you may need an identity card – you’ll have it and others can find it.

4. Wave and acknowledge the people that you pass and see. While this may have some benefits as for safety purposes – this is just being nice and friendly.

5. Wear reflective bits and pieces. This is general knowledge. If you think about it – you may be running in an area that doesn’t get a lot of runners and people aren’t watching for them. Running safe is smart running.

6. Don’t run at night. While running at night may be something you do in the comfortable environment of home and community – it is not a good idea to run at night in a new area, environment, and route.

7. Have fun.

Enjoy yourselves and remind yourself that what you are doing now -- is helping your future!

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What has been the weirdest thing that has happened to you while working out?!

7 comments:

chelseybell. said...

i was at the gym doing a strength training circuit, and this guy with dreads followed me around and talked to me about hiking and organic granola bars. it's one of those 24hr gyms so he and i were the only two in the place. i kept trying to dodge him, but he just wouldn't take the hint.


needless to say, i don't go there anymore.

✯FiTCETERA✯ said...

I hope you'll be a happy camper! :D

I HAD to say it ... I just had to.

You've listed some very good tips here. Great list, Seth.

The weirdest thing that happened while I was working out is that I actually LIKED it. lol

Patrick said...

Weirdest thing huh... this goes back 20+ years but I was running up a hill with a group of guys. One guy decided to make a run for lead position up this trail we were pounding, on his way by he slips, bumps me, I slip and lose footing, down I go off the trail, rolling down hill. When I get to the bottom, my shorts are around my ankles and all my manhood is hanging out. Knees, shins scraped upgood but the important stuff miraculously was unharmed. Yeah I was the target of a good many jokes form some time.

karen@fitnessjourney said...

Is this camp a job? Spending the day playing sports sounds kind of fun, where do I sign up!

I haven't had anything really weird happen to me at the gym but I've seen some pretty strange people doing some strange things. For instance, a guy came walking into the gym with an enormous super-sized soda and bag of McDonalds. Is it just me or is that backwards?

Tonyne @ Unlikely Success Story said...

Waving and smiling at passersby is a great thing to do for safety purposes, you're right! I know personally I am much more apt to remember someone who waved at me than someone who doesn't.

Good tips! :)

Tara said...

As a long time camp counselor (my counselor name? SPARKY!) but since "retired" I'm a little jealous of you right now.

Have a great time!

My weirdest thing? Hmmmmm, Well I did fall a week ago last Thursday. That was probably more tragic than weird.

Maybe the weirdest thing is that the lady at the front desk knows my name and I don't have to show my card anymore. I'm not used to being a gym rat.

kimbo said...

the weirdest thing was when i got stuck by a bee while running. it landed on my neck and i thought it was a strand of hair, so i went to wipe it away and it latched onto my thumb and sunk its stinger in! weirdest and most ridiculous!