If you are a resident or frequent visitor to South Walton and exercise enthusiast, then you need know Tom Losee and Dru Sandy of RUN/SUP. Longtime supporters of the Seaside School Half Marathon & 5K, Tom and Dru are very familiar with our race course and all things outdoor in our area. With their expertise, it’s only fitting that we went directly to the source for a few tips that might help our runners, specifically what could help in training for a road race along 30A. Make sure to stop by and say hello to them at the WaterColor Boathouse or the RUN/SUP Retail Store in Seagrove Beach before the race… you won’t regret it!

And now, here are their 10 Tips for Training for the Seaside School Half Marathon & 5K:

  1. Invest in proper gear. Shoes, socks, fuel, technology, it’s worth the cash. Plus, who doesn’t love a good gadget?
  2. Don’t be a fair-weather runner. You never know what the conditions will be on race day, so run whether it’s sunny, rainy and chilly. Bonus, this also gives you a chance to test out your race gear.
  3. Hydration while training is important. Most beach accesses along the 30A bike path with restrooms have water fountains. Keep in mind that even though the temperatures may be cooler, you should still need to stay properly hydrated.
  4. Run the course in advance or a similar course. As you progress in your training, sample different sections along the race course, particularly the hills in Blue Mountain/Draper Lake Area.
  5. Plan your long runs. It can helpful to have a scheduled training plan to build up mileage, taper and not increase mileage too quickly. Plans vary depending on base mileage and experience level.
  6. Runners should become well rounded athletes. Participate in other activities outside of your running- yoga, SUP, strength training or other fitness classes.
  7. Speed work. If your goal is to improve a previous race time, incorporate speed work in to your weekly training, generally once a week. speed work can range from winds prints to organized laps around your local track.
  8. Stretch it out. We can’t stress enough how important it is to stretch/foam roll during your training schedule.
  9. You are what you eat. Prior to your long runs, test out your nutrition plan for race day. We advise never to eat or drink anything that you have not tried during your training schedule.
  10. Find a training group. This might be our most important tip that’s vital to your success: running with others keeps you motivated. You can join free community runs Wednesdays at 7am at RUN/SUP Seagrove, Fridays at 7am at RUN/SUP Seagrove and Sundays at 8:30am at lululemon Grayton Beach.


The RUN/SUP Lifestyle was started by runners and stand-up paddlers (SUP) looking for a new and exciting way to cross train. Combining two of the most popular recreational fitness activities in one workout, RUN/SUP offers an interval-style workout that is beginner friendly and benefits all fitness enthusiasts. Aside from a variety of regularly scheduled fitness programming, RUN/SUP offers race events, fitness retreats, as well as its own line of inflatable stand-up paddle boards for the beginner to intermediate paddler looking to take their workout to a new and exciting place. Let your workout take you somewhere.


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