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Whether you are starting your fitness journey with us, or have been with us for years, we're thrilled to have you be a part of our Achilles Ottawa community. Annual membership with Achilles Ottawa costs $25 and we encourage runners of all abilities who would like to walk or run to please complete an Achilles Ottawa Membership Form (link below) and email or mail it to us. If you would prefer a membership form be emailed to you, please send an email to Runners may pay directly in-person or provide a cheque, payable to Achilles Ottawa in the amount of $25 to Achilles Ottawa Membership, c/o Christian Kolking, 363 Avenue South, Ottawa, ON K1Y0W6.

Here are a few basic tips to support you in your running journey:

  • Good shoes: Start with a good pair of running shoes which feel comfortable and which offer plenty of support.

  • Remember that running is your own personal journey: Feel confident and comfortable with the paces and running frequency which feel right for you regardless of what others may be doing.

  • Set modest but realistic goals: Give yourself time to adapt to your running and try to be patient - it will come.

  • Hard easy: Alternate running intensities from day to day so that you develop a pattern in which hard days are separated by one or several easy recovery days.

  • Hydration and nutrition: Focus on drinking water regularly and eating well to ensure your tank is full prior to running, and post run to support optimal recovery.

  • Listen to your body: If you're sore or fatigued, it may help to apply ice to a recent injury, rest, or seek massage or other forms of treatment. Conversely, don't be afraid to push it from time to time if you're feeling good.

  • Have fun: Enjoy your running and the wonderful opportunity to connect with your body, the environment and the community around you.

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