Part 1: Training for Hilton Head Island’s Upcoming Races

Ok, I’ll be honest. I don’t like running. I feel like:

  • Between balancing family, work and a profound appreciation for sleep, there is never a good time.
  • These days, anything outdoors that does not include a fan and an iced cold drink should not include me.
  • My IPod has a bad sense of humor–it always wants to stop working just when I want to start running.
  • With every passing year it gets more and more difficult to get back in shape and quite often my feet suffer from cementitis–a strange condition in which your feet feel like someone have poured wet cement over them.
Hilton Head Island Half Marathon

Hilton Head Island Half Marathon

But I do like racing. Racing negates all the aforementioned hurdles. Racing gets you out of an exercise rut. Racing is empowering both physically and mentally.

And racing is what will attract tens of thousands of people nationwide to the Lowcountry to compete in variety of distance runs. Racing on Hilton Head Island (and neighboring areas) gives racers a unique training/traveling experience. Not only can they meet their full athletic potential, but they can reward themselves for doing it with  award-winning dining, fun Island activities, and top-notch lodging.

Hilton Head Bridge Run

Hilton Head Island Bridge Run



Upcoming Lowcountry Races

Also, what I find so great about this running season is the diversity of people competing–both locally and visiting. Many participants are new to running and–like me–would not describe themselves “as a runner.” Yet, they would describe themselves as Goonies-never-say-die go-getters who like to accomplish personal challenges like better cardiovascular health, weight loss and dispelling middle-age myths.

Over the next few weeks, we will focus on footwear and clothing, nutrition and supplementation, and avoiding injury and training. It is my goal to go from the exerciser excuser to the running enthusiast. I have set some realistic personal goals and will share my progress with you, as well as insights from other runners.

I hope to see some of you training on Hilton Head Island’s bike paths and kicking butt on the race course! Here’s my playlist selection entitled “Run!”–that is, if I can get my IPod to behave!

  • It’s the End of the World As We Know – R.E.M.
  • Ring of Fire – Johnny Cash
  • Sabotage – Beastie Boys
  • Free – Phish
  • Run-Around – Blues Traveler
  • Runnin’ Down a Dream – Tom Petty
  • Run Through the Jungle – Creedence Clearwater Revial
  • Run to Me – Cowboy Mouth
  • At the Rive – Groove Armada
  • Gone Going – Black Eyed Peas
  • The Weight – The Band
  • The Leaving Song – Big Head Todd
  • There She Was – The Clash
  • Numbe as a Statue – Warren Zevon
  • Against the Wind – Bob Seger

Be well, Becca