Time to make good on those fitness goals

By Richard Greene | Published Thursday, March 4, 2010

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Spring is now upon us, and no matter how you’re doing on those New Year’s resolution to get in shape, this is a good time to get out there and get active.

Setting a goal is a good way to stay motivated to accomplish your desired results.

A realistic goal, even for the couch potato, is completing a 5K or fun run, according to Fit-N-Wise trainer and certified triathlon coach Mike Bowers.

“Even if you don’t run the whole race, as a goal to try it’s pretty good,” he said. “Even if you’re coming off the couch, it’s only 3 miles.”

This time of year, local running calendars are full of races not only for competition, but also to help out local charities. That includes the inaugural Lace Up for Leslie 5K, on April 24 in Bridgeport. Proceeds will go toward a memorial fund in Leslie Ann Denison’s name. She was killed last year when an awning fell on her while running.

The popular Tarrant County Race for the Cure and Germanfest 5K races are also that weekend.

That gives you seven weeks to start a training program. But there are some key things to keep in mind before starting. The first is getting the proper footware.

“The most important thing is to get a good pair of shoes,” Bowers said.

A trip to a running store such as Luke’s Locker or Run On for a fitting may be needed to find out if you need a shoe with stability.

Bowers also suggest a physical for older runners before beginning a fitness program.

Once you start running, patience is necessary to keep you going and to also avoid injuries. Don’t expect to immediately take to the street and be the next Steve Prefontaine or Frank Shorter.

“Start slow and be patient,” Bowers said. “Starting slow is the key. Don’t try to do too much too soon.”

As a rule of thumb, he said don’t increase your mileage by more than 10 percent per week.

Revolution relay

A group of 12 runners from Wise County will take part in the Texas Independence Relay March 6-7.

It’s third year for this group to run the 203 miles from Gonzales to San Jacinto. The group includes Bowers and his wife Suzie, Travis Fulton, Lydsey Fulton, Kyle Pylant, Jo Beth Southard, Russell Fox, Josh Foreman, Holly Buckner, Corey Schwenn, Casie Morgan and Rick Ward.

“It’s a lot of fun,” Mike Bowers said.

The relay benefits the Ronald McDonald House. The group, which is sponsored by Fit-N-Wise, raised additional money for the charity.

“We went out and got sponsors not only for writing a check for the entry, but also to the Ronald McDonald House,” Bowers said.

Cowtown results

Four Wise County residents completed the Cowtown Marathon Saturday in Fort Worth. Completing the 26.2-mile course were: Thomas Aaberg, 37, of Alvord in 3:16.50; Alfred Keep, 52, of Alvord, in 3:43.31; Jonathan Baker, 38, of Newark in 4:42.56; and Michelle Baker, 36, of Newark in 4:42.56.

Thirty-two local residents finished the Cowtown Half-Marathon. David Cude, 19, of Decatur turned in the best time for a Wise County runner, finishing the 13.1-mile course in 1:19.50.

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