Q: What is the distance for the Transplant Trot
A: It depends on the location, but most of our events have 5km and 10km distances.
Q: Do I need to be a competitive runner?
A: Although some running experience would help, 5 & 10km’s almost anyone can do without too much training. Having said that, go see our friends at your local RunningRoom and sign up for one of their awesome clinics. RunningRoom clinics are offered both in store (Find your location HERE) and online (HERE). They’ll get you going in no time.
Q: What should I do the day before the race to prepare?
A: Rest, drink a lot of water and have a complex-carb-heavy dinner such as pasta.
Q: What should I do the day of the race?
A: Have a light breakfast, like toast with peanut butter it’s light and has a good amount of protein. Get a water bottle to take with you to drink during the race. You could even bring a pack of Shot-Blocks or a gel pack if you need it. Go to the race about 30 minutes – 45 minutes before it begins to register and such. If you wish to do warm-ups/stretching here, do so. Then, run the race and have a good time. 🙂
Q: What Should I Eat After a Run?
A: After running, especially a long run, you want to replenish energy as quickly as possible. Studies have shown that muscles are most receptive to rebuilding glycogen (stored glucose) stores within the first 30 minutes after exercise. If you eat soon after your workout, you can minimize muscle stiffness and soreness.
Q: How do I get my training started?
A: Start walking for a length of time that feels comfortable–anywhere from 10 to 30 minutes. Once you can walk for 30 minutes easily, sprinkle 1- to 2-minute running sessions into your walking. As time goes on, make the running sessions longer, until you’re running for 30 minutes straight.
Q: Is it normal if running hurts?
A: Some discomfort is normal as you add distance and intensity to your training. But real pain isn’t normal. If some part of your body feels so bad that you have to run with a limp or otherwise alter your stride, you have a problem. Stop running immediately, and take a few days off. If you’re not sure about the pain, try walking for a minute or two to see if the discomfort disappears.
Q: Can I run in sneakers?
A: Running doesn’t require much investment in gear and accessories, but you have to have a good pair of running shoes. Unlike sneakers, running shoes are designed to help your foot strike the ground properly, reducing the amount of shock that travels up your leg. They’re also made to fit your foot snugly, which reduces the slipping and sliding that can lead to blisters. Visit a specialty running store to find the right shoe for you.
Q: How is running on a treadmill different from outdoor runs?
A: A treadmill “pulls” the ground underneath your feet, and you don’t face any wind resistance, both of which make running somewhat easier. Many treadmills are padded, making them a good option if you’re carrying a few extra pounds or are injury-prone and want to decrease impact. To better simulate the effort of outdoor running, you can always set your treadmill at a 1-percent incline.