SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - The Savannah Rock 'n' Roll Marathon is not until November, but it is about time to start logging miles to gear up for the big race.
"It's a famous race," said Lydia Depue, director of Savannah Rock 'n' Roll Marathon training at Fleet Feet Sports on Waters Avenue. "We are lucky to have something so big in Savannah. If you think about it Rock 'n' Roll in only in big cities like Seattle or Chicago, and then we have it in Savannah. It's helped promote running community in Savannah."
Depue said that now is the time to start training, but first things first.
"The first thing you need to do is get the right pair of shoes; go be fitted for shoes before you even go out and run," Depue said. "An improper shoe can cause injury."
Next, hit the streets walking or running with a group or friends.
"It is great to have that support system," she said. "We offer groups. I know there are groups all over town to run with. Start now, because if you are a beginner or if you have never run before, you have plenty of time."
Depue said that if you have never run a half or full marathon before, or even if you are straight off the couch, give yourself about 25 weeks to gear up for the distance you plan on doing.
"This year, we have run-walk coaches so you can do that," Depue said. "We have them run 4 minutes and run 1 minute. We have all paces out there. Some [will] run 7-minute miles, some [will] run 15-minute miles."
Most importantly, know that with each mile logged, you getting closer to a healthier lifestyle and will soon be one of the proud athletes that will make great strides through Savannah for the seond annual Rock 'n' Roll Marathon.