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Do you want to get in shape? One of the best ways to do it is to sign up for an official walk, run or triathlon, says Sherry
McLaughlin, physical therapist, facilitator of HAP’s
MoveWell Every Day
program and president and founder of the Michigan
Institute for Human Performance, Inc.
It may be your first time. Or maybe you’ve done your first 5K or 10K, and you’re ready to improve your
time or take on a half-marathon, marathon, biathlon or triathlon. As the saying goes, you’re stronger
than you think you are. Sherry notes that having a great experience at your event is a matter of taking
four simple steps:
1. Find a Race
“When people ask me how to lose weight, I say sign up for a half-marathon,” says Sherry. “When
you start training, you’ll see the weight melt off. Plus, once you pay that money to register, you’ll be
committed. Don’t wait and see if you get in shape first. If you do that, it will never happen. I have a
friend who lost 65 pounds training for the ‘Tri Goddess Tri’ triathlon
. It’s a touch
shorter than regular triathlons, and women of all sizes and ages participate. It’s a great, friendly event.
The Detroit Free Press/Talmer Bank Marathon, October 21, 2012, offers a marathon, half-marathon,
relay and 5K. You still have time to train for that one
. Another idea is to
choose a race that supports a cause, like Team in Training® for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society®
or the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure®
2. Find a Friend
“Get a friend to sign up with you,” advises Sherry. “Even if you
can’t train together, you can hold each other accountable to
the training plan.”
3. Find a Plan
“Most training plans are 12 to 16 weeks from couch potato
to 5K,” Sherry notes. “They’re easy to follow and integrate
into your day. For a 10K, you start at three miles, then three
and a half, going up gradually. You can find free training
plans online, including marathon and half-marathon plans
4. Just Do It
“Strap on your shoes and get it done. It’s the most
empowering thing women can do.”
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