The idea behind “Run Your Element” is that running is personal and everyone has their own style.
Who you run with: You might be comfortable running alone, running with a friend, a large group, or even your favorite four legged friend. Families run together to prepare for a 5K and find that that time running together strengthened their relationships. Do you love the freedom, the feeling you get after a run aka runner’s high, is it how you get away for a few minutes, are you motivated by an event you are training for, or your way of exercising? Maybe the question should be “Why don’t you run?” If running is too hard on your body, just walk. Don’t have time, that’s a tough one but I bet you could find 15 minutes a couple times a week.
Where you run: Many people find their element on the trails in Pocatello. What a great way to get out of town, find a softer surface to run, and clear your head. Others would consider themselves road warriors. There are even those of us who spend most our running time on a track or treadmill.
How far you run: You may be a seasoned running veteran or a casual jogger. Either way, you are active and that’s what counts. You may feel more comfortable going with a group. Element Outfitters has a casual trail run/walk group that meets every Wednesday. There is also a local running club that lead runs, throughout the week, varying from walking a track or running the trails. It is geared toward people of all abilities and encourages folks to fall in love with being active. There are tons of options! If you need help getting hooked up with a running club or group, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org – he is happy to help find the right fit for you.
How you run: There are simple methods for determining “how” you run. It is a simple determination of your arch type and whether your foot rolls in (pronate), is normal or rolls out (supinate). Getting the right pair of shoes will help avoid injury. Each shoe manufacturer uses different terminology, but basically there is motion control (severe pronation – flat feet), stability (slight pronation to normal) and neutral (normal to supinate) shoes. Come on down to Element Outfitters and we will help you determine which shoe type you are. We have a broad selection of running and trail shoes from which to choose. These shoes can help avoid future pain, injury, and increase running efficiency. Insoles are another great way to help avoid future pain and injury.
Gear for you: If you are a gear head go hog wild. There are tons of running accessories. There are hydration vests for those that spend long amounts of time on the trail, hand held water bottles for those out for short jaunts, flashy lights for running at night, apparel with reflective tape, and the list goes on.
Run to be social, run for the alone time, run for the exercise, run far, run slow, run the trails, run the road, Run Your Element!