With a little motivation, this could be your year. The Sports Backers and YMCA have teamed up to offer the 10k Training Team. The structured program is challenging, but it’s plenty of fun too, as you work with other runners and walkers to reach the goal of the Ukrop’s Monument Avenue 10k on March 28. If you’ve found past year’s resolutions hard to maintain, consider this option.
Elements of Success are Included
The YMCA Training Team contains all the elements that support successful resolutions. Studies show that successful resolutions begin with a specific time-frame and a clear plan, have reliable support, a goal date, and rewards. The 10-week training program starts Saturday, Jan. 17 and operates with a detailed, written schedule with guidance given by experienced coaches. Its organized weekly group runs and walks provide a built-in community of support. Participants receive a 10k Training Team shirt, take part in special clinics, and get entry March 28 in the Ukrop’s Monument Avenue 10K, one of the largest 10K’s in the country.
Not surprisingly, the Downtown YMCA had 600 participants sign up as runners or walkers last year. That includes people of all fitness levels. Participants don’t have to be YMCA members to sign up. Richard Nelson, an assistant coach at the Downtown YMCA at 2 W. Franklin St., says, “I tell them you know you’re going to do it because you’re out here. Fifty percent is coming out the door and saying, hey, I’m ready to start.”
Coach Nelson says many people, even some with health complications, surprise themselves. “When they come out to the Training Team, there are a lot of people with health issues. A couple of us have cancer. There’s a few people out there with diabetes. There’s a few people who have high blood pressure that may feel like ‘I can’t do this.’ But if you come out there and you start out slow and stay relaxed, and basically do it the way you would every morning, you’ll find out what you can do.”
Coach Nelson emphasizes the support provided, and says, “It’s a group of people who get together with self-motivation, enthusiasm, and positive attitude. The coaches are going to assist with whatever you need, whether it’s walking, running, jogging. You won’t just come out there and run every morning. You’re going to get something that’s going to start you off to a great day.”
Reliable “Kid Care Childcare” is available to parents who take part in the Saturday Training Team sessions at Chickahominy, Downtown, Goochland, John Rolfe, Manchester, Midlothian, Patrick Henry, Powhatan, Shady Grove and Tuckahoe YMCA branches.
Registration deadline for the Training Team: Friday, Jan. 23.
Prefer to Test the Waters?
Coach Nelson says, “The average person that comes out wants to do something to kick off their New Year. Don’t look at this as a New Year’s resolution. Look at this as the start to a new life. You want to feel great everyday.”
If you’re thinking about beginning a Fitness Program, but aren’t quite ready to sign up for the marathon, there are upcoming Branch Orientations at the following YMCA locations.
Jan. 8, North Richmond, 4207 Old Brook Rd. 329-9622
Jan. 11, Downtown Richmond, 2 W. Franklin St. 644-9622.