Motivate now for the Mothers Day Mile |

Motivate now for the Mothers Day Mile

Nancy ReinischSpecial to the Post IndependentGlenwood Springs, CO Colorado

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colo. Im too tired. Im too old. Im too busy. Im too out of shape. If you are part of the 2-by-4 Excuse Club its time to fire your internal coach and freeze your membership!Instead, its time to boss back those negative thoughts and replace them with a new attitude and new Training Plan, designed by Jeff Galloway, to run the Mothers Day Mile, on Sunday, May 13.For many folks the appeal of running a mile is its simplicity. I can do that! They simply show up and run. But for others, the thought of running at all is daunting. They feel self-conscious, unprepared, and fearful they may fail. The beauty of the Mothers Day Mile is that the course offers something for the frequent runner as well as the never-evers. I smile when people innocently ask me, How long is the Mothers Day Mile? They look stunned when I say its just one mile like the name! Its the most manageable distance of all the races in town a mere 1,600 meters.

Spring is a great time to begin a fitness program. And if youre new to exercise, walking is the most effective way to start your program. By walking consistently you can begin to prepare your legs for jogging and eventually for running. For beginners who have never raced before, the Mothers Day Mile offers a challenge in a festive atmosphere. Some folks are intimidated by the thought of a race. I tell them to think of races as events. And most events are for good causes. In the case of the Mothers Day Mile, all proceeds benefit the Advocate Safehouse Project. Most events have food, music, and lots of cheering. I like to encourage folks to participate not race as a way to quell their fear.On the other hand, our town is fortunate to have a large group of competitive athletes. Running veterans will find the Mothers Day Mile is a great way to conduct an early season time trial. They can use the course as a pre-test at the beginning of the racing season to measure their fitness and initiate a training plan. Of course, a city mile is different than a track mile; a city mile will more closely resemble what you will experience in upcoming road races.Remember, if you have health risks, you should consult with your physician before you begin an exercise program.Older folks who have acquired AOA adult onset athleticism should be particularly careful about adding too much too soon to their exercise program. Those of us older than 45 need more rest between workouts and need to train smarter, not always harder.Jeff Galloways reference books have graced my shelves for more than 30 years. Galloway is a U.S. Olympian, Runners World columnist, inspirational speaker, designer of the walk-run training program, and prolific author of top-selling running books such as “Galloways Book on Running” and “Marathon You Can Do It!” I asked Galloway if he would design a couple of training plans for the different types of folks that participate in the Mothers Day Mile. He graciously came up with the three-day-a-week running plans. Simply click on the links in the Web extras box for the customized training plan.Grab some friends and start training. Make your plans now to get to the starting line and Ill make plans to see you at the finish line with a fresh rose and a piece of homemade apple pie!Nancy Reinisch is a USAT Level 1 triathlon coach, co-coach of the Roaring Fork Womens Triathlon Team, and director of the Mothers Day Mile.

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