LOVE Run Training – Get Ready!
With its gentle terrain and spectacular scenery, Cape Charles is a paradise for runners any time of the year. But there’s one day that stands out in our calendar: Love Run day! Scheduled for the morning of April 22, the 2023 Love Run is a family-friendly run that takes participants through the streets of historic Cape Charles and along the waterfront. For the first time this year, runners can choose between a 5K color run and timed 10K options. Proceeds from the Love Run help to fund Cape Charles Main Street initiatives that benefit the town.
If you’ve never done a color run, just imagine a typical 5K race… but with a rainbow twist. Participants in the 5K color run will be periodically sprayed with vibrant colors — and don’t worry, they’re completely safe and environmentally friendly. The 5K and 10K races will have staggered starts; the 10K race is not a color run. After the races, participants and their cheering squads can gather at the Cape Charles LoveWorks sign for a party featuring live music, food trucks, beverages, and family fun.
So how can you prepare for the Love Run in Cape Charles? Here are six tips:
- Set realistic training goals for yourself. Remember — this is a fun run. And you can even walk the entire route if you want to! But if you’re planning to run the entire race, you may need to do some training to prepare. Both seasoned and amateur runners can benefit from planning and preparation, although your approach should vary based on your fitness level. Try to run a few times a week in the month or two leading up to the race, gradually increasing your distance and intensity as race day nears.
- Practice running the route. The run will take participants throughout the historic district of Cape Charles, down Mason Avenue, around Central Park, and along the bayfront. If you’re local, you’ll have the benefit of being able to practice running the route leading up to the race and identifying any challenging areas. If you’ll be visiting for the race, try practicing on similar terrain in your own neighborhood or even on a treadmill. When you arrive in town for the race, it may give you some peace of mind to check out the race course by car, bike, or even golf cart the day before.
- Fuel your body. Forget carbo-loading before the race. The best thing you can do for your body is to eat what you normally eat before you run — ideally something that won’t upset your tummy. And hydrate!
- Dress the part. Participants will receive T-shirts with their race packets (while supplies last), but make sure you are prepared with comfortable, broken-in attire — this isn’t the time to try out a new pair of shoes! Be sure to check the forecast before the race as weather on the Eastern Shore can be unpredictable, especially in the springtime. You can expect anything from rain and blustery winds to heat and harsh sunshine.
- Warm up and cool down. Give yourself at least five minutes before the race to warm up with dynamic stretches, and cool down afterward with stretching or a brisk walk.
- Make sure you’re registered! The Love Run is fun and casual, but you do have to register to participate! Be sure to register here in the proper category (10K, 5K, youth, child) before the registration deadline.