Summer 2019 Running Column

 By Dan Gardner, TOCA Special Running Correspondent

Thanks to everyone who participated in the TOCA Run/Walk at the annual meeting in May in beautiful (except for the 3 a.m. fire alarm at our hotel) Charlotte. The great turnout of walkers and runners was exciting, and we look forward to growing our numbers next year in Denver. It was also great to see so many of you at the TOCA Annual Meeting and especially wonderful to run alongside (or behind) so many of you during the walk/run.

From time to time, readers express an interest in tips for starting a running regimen. Most experts say (for “newbies”) you must learn to walk before you learn to run. That is great advice. Start by walking five days a week – 30-45 minutes, five days a week. Eventually extend that to one hour. How long a process? You may want to do the walking stint for about a month. Then, start running short distances to the point where you feel comfortable. A good warmup is always some walking and running for about 0.5 mile, then get into your routine. Depending on your age and health, a good two- or three-mile workout is a good beginning.

Feel free to contact me – Dan Gardner at twin1gard@aol.com – your TOCA running editor. I’ll be happy to help you with any running questions, general health concerns or simply share my philosophy for living life at its optimal level.

Finally – to help make TOCA the best membership association it can be – keep that brain working as you get very much needed exercise and formulate how YOU can play a part in making TOCA an even better association. Until next time, be well, be smart, be healthy and be TOCA!