More Skill, More Fun, Fewer Injuries
Summer Campaign 2011
If you’re just getting started,
set reasonable goals.
Increase your mileage
Find a reliable running
partner. The fact that you are
meeting someone for a run
gives you motivation and a
sense of accountability.
Meet the people at your local
running store. They can
teach you a little about shoes
and link you up with
running groups (at a variety
Expert guidance is available
from the staff at Navy fitness
centers—with their help, you
can maximize your efforts.
Even if you find, like me, that
you love running, think about
some cross-training. A well-
rounded program includes
weight and resistance
training, and some flexibility
Be consistent. The goal is to
make it a habit (a good habit,
for a change), and that takes
Don’t get carried away and pile on the
mileage once you start feeling good. This is
a sure-fire way to get injured.
Don’t ignore injuries. Listen to your body.
You’ll learn the difference between being
hurt and being lazy. Minor twinges can
turn into major injuries if you don’t let
Don’t cross in front of a stopped car at an
intersection unless you make eye contact
with the driver. If doubt? Go behind it.
Don’t expect to get in shape in a few weeks
or even a few months. Progress will be
slow. Expect it and deal with it. Speed is
relative. There will always be people way
out ahead of you, and there will always be
some behind you.
Thanks to Derek Nelson, head of the Media Division in
the Communications and Marketing Department,
Naval Safety Center