Health and Wellness

2010 National Running Day – Get Active

The 2010 National Running Day was earlier this week. Did you get out for a run? I had planned to, but when I was finally able to push away from my desk it was raining with thunderstorms. I will run in the rain but not in the lightning. Instead I rode my bike on the trainer. One of my running heroes is Dean Karnazes – Ultra Marathon Man. You can learn about him and his accomplishments in this video from 20/20. (the book [amazon-product text=”Ultramarathon Man – Confessions of an All Night Runner” type=”text”]1585422789[/amazon-product] is one of my all time favorites)

Also learn more about National Running Day.


These were my 2009 Everyday EMS Tips to start running:
1. Talk to your doctor if you are not currently exercising regularly.
2. Make sure you have a good pair of shoes that are designed for running.
3. Start slow and easy, for example walk 5 minutes, run 1 minute. Alternate running and walking while you build endurance.
4. Pick a fun community race that is 12 to 20 weeks away to train towards.
5. Talk to friends that run and get their advice.
6. Find a running buddy.
7. Learn more about running from running websites, books, and magazines.

New tip for 2010 – always run and cycle with identification in case you become ill or injured. Too many cyclists are hit by vehicles and often times have no ID for emergency responders. I always run and cycle with my RoadID wrist identification band.

Start slow. Don’t get discouraged. It might take you a few months before you start to see new muscles definition and pounds drop. Don’t quit.

By Greg Friese

Greg Friese, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, is an author, educator, paramedic, and marathon runner.

Greg was the co-host of the award winning EMSEduCast podcast, the only podcast by and for EMS educators. Greg has written for,, Wilderness Medical Associates, JEMS Magazine, and EMS World Magazine, and the NAEMSE Educator Newsletter.