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As the days grow short, you may be tempted to skip your outdoor workout because of the dark. But you can still walk, run or bike if you follow a few safety tips:
Stick to well-lit routes. This will help you see obstacles like potholes and help motorists see you.
Wear light-colored, reflective clothing.
Carry a flashlight or make sure your bicycle is equipped with a light.
Leave your music at home. Because it's harder to see, make sure you can use all your other senses.
Run or walk in groups. There is safety in numbers.
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Not every race or run is a personal best. Here's what you can learn from a bad race.
There was a time I could run a 5K in less than 18 minutes. I was reminded of this fact recently as I dragged myself across the finish line of the first 5K I've run in a few years.
My time: 33 minutes and change.
Races like 5Ks, 10ks and marathons are great motivational goals and measuring sticks for overall fitness and health. A good time in a race reinforces those goals and gives you confidence, a sense of accomplishment and a desire to keep running.
But what about a bad race?
"Far more can be learned from failed attempts than successes," says running coach Jenny Hadfield, co-author of Running for Mortals. Bad races allow runners to learn from adversity.
"You have to walk through the emotions of the eventanger, sadness, disappointmentand in doing so begin to unveil the true lessons."
A bad race can teach you about strategic mistakes. Amateur runners often overtrain going into a race and are worn out on race day. We can underestimate the impact of weather. Or we can eat and drink too much or too little, Hadfield says.
In my case, I think trained too little and expected too much. This is my first race after nearly a year of limited running. I preparedrunning for three months leading up to the race. But my training was sporadic.
That alone should have been a sign that my expectations were too high. In preparation, I could easily run two miles, though never at a pace I was happy with. But mile three was killing me.
Now I know I have to get further in my training before my next event.
A bad race can also reveal more than strategic error; it can tell you something about who you are, Hadfield says. "Bad days open the door to improvement and it is how you respond that creates the character of the athlete."
I'm older and I'm slower than the days when I could break 18 minutes in a 5K. My body is thicker and more prone to pain. But I knew that going into my bad race. My character, though, is stronger.
Two days after my bad race I was back out on the track. My unofficial 5k time: 29 minutes. I'll take that, learn from it and sign up for the next race.
Does running cause arthritis?
Is arthritis caused by years of running? How do you protect your knees and hips? Our healthy skeptic tracks down the facts about how running affects your joints.
It might be cold outside but that doesn't mean you can't get a workout in. Here's how to exercise safely when it’s cold outside.