Run For Your Life

By Max Rohr

Get Out There And Get Healthy 

When was the last time you thought about your New Year’s resolutions? If getting in shape was one, then running has likely crossed your mind. However, the long- standing irony about New Year’s resolutions is that they rarely come to fruition. If you are looking for those resolutions to come true, setting a goal can help you get there. This spring, in Berkeley, many will take out their calendars and do just that by signing up for a running event.

Carl, a BCC student, admitted that the thought of entering a running race had crossed his mind. However, when pressed for details, many BCC students confessed that they felt they didn’t have enough information to pursue entering a running event.

Luckily, finding a running event is not difficult in the Bay Area. However, how to prepare for one is the bigger question that looms in many interested runners’ minds. Sites such as Letsrun.org are great resources for questions directed at like-minded runners on anything from training schedules to preventing knee injuries.

If scheduling when to go for a run doesn’t sound like enough to keep you on track, the many parks in the Bay Area provide a sanctuary for runners, that continues to draw them back to the parks’ many trails. Matt, an assistant at Berkeley running store, Transport, said of trail running, “It’s a different experience; it’s like trying to do yoga in a quiet studio versus on a busy street.” He noted that it’s important to look out for ruts in the trail and check the map at the trailhead. Need a quick suggestion? Matt recommends the panoramic views of Tilden Park just off of Grizzly Peak Blvd.

If you’re interested in signing up for an event, check out Transport’s website and click the “Events” tab for a comprehensive list of upcoming local runs. And if you’re just interested in taking some time outside, stop by Suzettes’ Cafe (1226 Solano Ave in Albany), any Sunday, where group runs of varying abilities head out at 8:00 a.m. sharp.

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