If it doesn't challenge you, it won't change you ~ Fred DeVito
By Susan S. Paul, MS Training Program Director for Track Shack Fitness Club
For most, the New Year is a time to reflect upon the past, plan for today, and look forward to the future. I hope your future includes targeting a race or two this year. Targeting a race providesÂ a specific distance to train for and a time frame in which to train. Itâ€™s one thing to say, â€śI want to start runningâ€ť; itâ€™s another to say, â€śI am going to run a 5k in three months.â€ť In other words, a race gives your training structure and purpose;Â each run then has an intention. All runners know the hardest part of any workout is getting out the door, so a deadline can help keep your training on track. Also, races are an opportunity to both celebrate your training and a chance to comeÂ together with others in the running community. As the saying goes, â€śif it doesnâ€™t challenge you, it wonâ€™t change you!â€ť
Recently, some of ourÂ MarathonFestÂ runners did just that by taking on a challenging running weekend in North Carolina. The weekend took us all way out of our comfort zone as we tackled trail running, mountains, hiking, and cold weather - not exactly Florida running!Â One of our trail runs had 1639 ft. of elevation gain, while running this I kept thinking of Tom Hanksâ€™s line in A League of Their Own, â€śItâ€™s supposed to be hard. If it wasnâ€™t hard, everyone would do it. The hard is what makes it great!â€ť If hard makes it great, then ourÂ weekend was absolutely grand!!Yes, it was challenging; yes, it changed us, and yes, it was hard, but it also proved a glorious way to celebrate our training!
I hope you find ways to challenge yourself this year. One way might be to join one of our training programs.
New Group Training Sessions Begin January 13
Cheetahs Running Club
A 10-week program for youth age 8 â€“ 14 years old.Â Â Cheetahs learn sportsmanship, good running technique, team spirit and healthy eating habits.Â
Zero to Fit
A 10-week, group-coached program for adults ready to improve their overall fitness through running and walking.Â The group meets twice a week in Orlando and Lake Mary.Target Race:Â Winter Park Road Race 2 Mile on MarchÂ
Five and Dime
A 10-week speed-building program for adults who want to improve their 5k and 10k times.Â The group Meets twice a week in Orlando.