Tips for Preparing for Your First 5K

Kyle Kirts draws on a decade and a half of experience in the legal profession to maintain a private practice in Dayton, Ohio. There, he represents clients in felony and misdemeanor criminal cases, in addition to areas such as family, probate, and juvenile law. In his free time, Kyle Kirts enjoys distance running and frequently competes in 5K races.

Proper race preparation can help ease much of the anxiety often felt by first-time competitive runners. When preparing for your first 5K or 10K event, you should familiarize yourself with the route location and layout before the day of the race. Locating the starting line early can save time on the pivotal day, while running the route beforehand can aid you in setting a suitable pace. However, in the days leading up the race, runners should take care to rest as much as possible.

New running shoes or clothes should be broken in several weeks prior to the race, as trying unfamiliar gear on the day of an event can lead to unexpected blisters or chafing. Running in gear in which you already feel comfortable can prevent unnecessary discomfort and anxiety. Avoid trying new foods the night before the race to avoid intestinal distress. Rather than eating one large portion of pasta the night before, runners should gradually consume carbohydrates over the 24 hours leading up to the race.

Ohio Pushes for Harsher DUI Penalties

For 15 years Kyle Kirts, a member of the Ohio State Bar Association, has worked as an attorney in Dayton, Ohio. Throughout his legal career, Kyle T. Kirts has worked in numerous areas of law, including traffic defense and juvenile law.

Ohio law makers and public safety advocates have joined forces in hopes of passing Annie’s Law, a piece of legislation which would force individuals who have been charged with driving under the influence to install a sobriety-testing device in their car. The push for these ignition interlock devices is currently stalled in a legislative committee, though supporters maintain hope that Annie’s Law will pass if individuals such as Christopher Hart, acting chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board, continue to champion the cause.

Should Annie’s Law pass, Ohio would join 24 states that have already implemented interlock ignition legislation for convicted drunk drivers. When using an interlock ignition device, drivers must register a blood alcohol level of .025 or less before the engine will respond. Should the driver fail the test three times, the car engine will lock for a period of time. In states that have passed the law, first-time offenders often have to use the device for at least six months. At present, Ohio utilizes such measures only for repeat offenders.