It feels like every year I make a resolution to get more fit and lose weight. It’s embarrassing but the truth is I have a lot to lose and I’m in terrible shape. The problem in years passed is that I never had a structured plan in place to succeed. This year I’m excited about the possibility of a real change.
A dear friend of mine is a highly accomplished runner (we’re talking marathon WINS) and is an avid member of the Grand Strand Running Club. Now before you start shaking your head and thinking “running isn’t where I would even dream of starting a commitment to exercise this year” just stick with me for a few more minutes.
The club has put together a 10-week 5K training program that is for all ages and abilities. It starts this Sunday, January 6, 2013, at the Myrtle Beach YMCA, from 3 to 4:30 p.m. The fee is $40, which includes the program, a t-shirt, and a one-year membership to the club, which on its own costs $20.
Each session includes both educational and training portions, and will be led together by experienced runners and running coaches. And trust me when I tell you this because I need to believe to even be brave enough to sign up for myself – this program is for ALL levels. No joke, I will start this 5K journey walking. To be honest, I may end is walking too, but my goal is just to walk it faster than when I started. There are three training groups – running, walk/run, walking. Kids are welcome too!
The grand finale is the BFF Pink Ribbon 5k in North Myrtle Beach on Saturday, March 9, 2013, benefiting breast cancer research. There is no time limit, so unless you’re up for it, no need to be working on that 7 minute mile.
If I’ve said anything that interested you, you can find all the details about the training program on the Grand Strand Running Club’s page here. You can register online there, as well.
Ladies (and gents, and kids) don’t leave me hanging. I need a buddy! If you’re just getting into it, make “doing a 5K race” one of your resolutions and mark that one off the list in March. If you’re already a runner, use this time to focus on yourself and bettering your time. I know it’s hard to break away from family obligations to participate, but we’re worth it. Plus, I intend to have some fun along the way! Join me?
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