Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Get Ready to Cross the Finish Line

This is the fourth and final installment from Susan Hastings, co-owner of Fleet Feet Sports Stuart running store, to help you train for the second-annual “Fleet Feet Run for Your Heart 5K.” The run takes place Feb. 9 and proceeds will benefit the Frances Langford Heart Center at Martin Memorial.

Wow! It’s hard to believe we’re down to the last two weeks of training. If you’ve been following the training plan you are well on your way to running our 5K on Feb. 9 and we’re very excited.

We’ve talked a little about the generalities of starting a running program and some of the injuries that can take place. We’ve also talked about hydration and nutrition, but keep in mind that all of this was just the tip of the iceberg. There is a lot more that you can learn if you really want to make the most of your running. You can also get up, roll out of bed, and go out for a run, it’s that simple.

One thing that I want to get across to everyone, with this being my final blog, is that running a 5K is not just for “fast” runners. A lot of people at their first 5K, me included, can be very intimidated by the thought of showing up at a race sticking out like a sore thumb.

That just doesn’t happen.

I remember my first local 5K and I was a nervous wreck; everyone was nice and friendly and didn’t look at me like I had a third eye, I was just another ‘runner’ (little did they know I had never done this before) and I was treated warmly and made to feel like part of the group. Everyone understands that you have to start somewhere, we all did.

Something else we try to get across here at Fleet Feet is that we are all just normal people here who happen to enjoy running. Some of us are fast and win in our division (Candy). Some of us pound out half and full marathons like there is no tomorrow, not too fast and not too slow (Lissette). And some of us just get out and run a few miles a week at whatever pace we feel like (me and Al).

When someone walks through our door we try to make them feel welcome and let them know that we are here to help. We aren’t here to look down our nose and make fun of people who want to begin a walking or running program.

So let’s get on with our final two weeks of the training schedule – when you finish this you are no longer a beginner! You will be ready to sign up for the Fleet Feet Run for Your Heart 5K.

Please, if you have any questions, you can email me at

Week 7: (Only jogging, no walking from this point on; however, you can vary the pace of the jog). 2 ½-mile jog. Same workout all three days

Week 8: 3 mile jog. Same workout all three days

Congratulations! You are now ready for a 5K!

--Susan Hastings

To hear Susan Hastings talk more about training for the The Fleet Feet Run for Your Heart 5K, as well as the health benefits of running, listen to the Jan. 14 edition of Martin Memorial Healthcast. To access the Healthcast, visit

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