CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Ever wish you were a runner? Do you find yourself admiring the fortitude and dedication runners seem to possess? At the same time, do you justify the fact that you're not by thinking runners are special people who were born to run and you're not? This is an unfortunate misconception I'd like to clear up.
Not born to run?
If you've ever failed in an attempt to run or jog your way to fitness and/or weight loss, it probably had everything to do with improper training and little to do with your fortitude or specialness.
What if I were to tell you that if you can walk for exercise, you can run, too?
That's right. It's all about proper training, hydration and a few simple nutrition tips.
To be a good runner, you need to know how to practice with progression and to learn proper technique, posture and pace.
The Genesis 5K training program does just that. Led by certified running coach Matt Young, this system makes it possible for walkers or beginning runners to achieve their running goals in a relatively short time.
In fact, this comprehensive program takes you from sedentary to race-ready in just 10 weeks. And no, you don't have to be lean or an athlete to succeed. You simply have to show up and follow the training regimen. Every Tuesday of the 10 weeks is spent with your coach and on Thursdays and Saturdays you follow the instructions given to you.
A proven track record
Skeptical? Well, since the program began in 2007, nearly 100 percent of the runners who completed the program have successfully run a 5K or 3.1-mile race at the end of the 10 weeks.
When we imagine ourselves going from inactive to active, we tend to jump straight to the finish line -- or, more accurately, the effort it must take to reach the finish line. In truth, our focus needs only be on a mini training session lasting anywhere from 20 minutes to an hour. The program is made up of a variety of mini training efforts, which educate and acclimate us to running.