If you’re running in a holiday 5K—like the “Turkey Trot,” perhaps—it’s time to get seri-ous and train. Don Wennerstrom, owner of Fort Lauderdale’s longtime Running Wild store, shares four tips for crossing the finish line.
TIP #1: It can be daunting to start out running an entire distance, so build up gradually. Make it a goal to jog to a telephone pole and then walk to the next (for recovery). This challenges your mind, not just your body.
TIP #2: Eat healthy. Cut out junk food and get plenty of sleep.
TIP #3: Pack energy gels, which help provide necessary nutrients to replace what is lost through sweat—primarily sodium and potassium.
TIP #4: If you want to meet and train with other runners, Running Wild has a free
5K “Funky Fun Run” at 6:30 p.m. every Thursday that weaves down scenic A1A and ends with sharing Funky Buddha beer on the pool deck of the Westin Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort.
Running Wild, 2563 Sunrise Blvd., Fort Lauderdale;