You have six weeks to train, and believe it or not, that is enough time to get ready to walk or run the race. If you are already a runner or walker, you are invited to join Anniston Runners Club’s training runs held every Thursday at 5:30 p.m. starting at the Woodstock start line at Woodstock Avenue and 14th Street, just north of Anniston High School. Training runs also will occasionally be held on Saturday mornings at 7:30. Check ARC’s Facebook page for updates.
All different paces and levels of runners are encouraged to come. It’s free, and you don’t have to be a club member to participate. Water is available on the course, compliments of the Rocky Hollow Neighborhood Association. The training runs are a great way to get a “leg up” on the competition and figure out your strategy for running the roller-coaster course.
If you are not a runner, or you have been injured and are just now getting back into it, check out the Anniston Runners Club’s Rookie Runners Couch-to-5k program. The C25k program is a very popular plan to get participants off the couch and to the finish line of their first 5k (3.1 miles) in just a few weeks.
Why should you get up early on a hot, humid Saturday morning in August?
1. Just desserts are just rewards: There is strawberry shortcake at the post-race party! Sounds counterintuitive to reward a fitness activity with a dessert, but fruit is healthy, right? Whatever motivates you!
2. Civic pride: The Woodstock 5k is a community event that now reaches outside our community. Wear a Woodstock shirt around Birmingham or Atlanta, and prepare to be noticed. “Hey, I ran that race! It’s a blast!” Beam with pride. It’s your race.
3. It’s a championship: For the fourth time in five years, the Woodstock 5k has been designated as the Road Runners Club of America’s National 5k Championship. The RRCA doesn’t give this designation to just any race, so it means Anniston Runners Club’s race organizers, headed by Woodstock Race Director Haley Gregg, are doing a great job. Just because it is a championship does not mean you have to be an elite runner to sign up. There will be 1,500 participants of all paces and ages. Join the crowd!
4. Local charities benefit: Last year, $14,000 was donated to the local United Cerebral Palsy and Special Olympics.
5. Door prizes: Woodstock always has the best door prizes of any race around. Prizes worth more than $3,000 will be given to random entrants. Expect to win something!
6. Tradition: At 33 years old, the Woodstock 5k is thought to be the oldest footrace in the Southeast. Earlier this year the Historic Preservation Committee and Anniston City Council designated the course as an historic course, recognizing its importance to the community.
7. It’s fun!
So quit making excuses and sign up for the Woodstock 5k today at www.active.com. For more information, contact Race Director Haley Gregg at 256-405-5282 or firstname.lastname@example.org
The Rookie Runners Division of Anniston Runners Club adopted the Cool Running Couch-to-5k Running Plan to get new runners or returning runners motivated to run. The program is designed to be “doable” for all level of athletes. You do not have to be a member of Anniston Runners Club to participate.
The Cool Running website says, “Too many people have been turned off of running simply by trying to start off too fast. Their bodies rebel, and they wind up miserable, wondering why anyone would possibly want to run in the first place.”
The Rookie Runners encourage runners to have fun while getting fit, so the focus is on motivating each other and developing running buddies.
The program outlines a walk-jog schedule where participants exercise three times a week for anywhere from six-to-eight weeks, culminating in participation in a race like the Woodstock 5k.
There is even an app for the program. A friendly voice instructs you to “warm up with a brisk 5-minute warm-up walk.” After 5 minutes, the voice tells you it is time to run or jog for 90 seconds. Each workout lasts between 20-30 minutes and each one builds on the next, getting slightly more difficult and challenging each week.
Start now and you will be ready to roll in time for the Woodstock 5k on Saturday, August 3.
Think you may be interested in joining a Couch-to-5k group? Contact Rookie Runners Director Amie Hinton at 864-276-2835.