I have decided to issue a 'Running Challenge' for the month of September!
This running challenge will help those of you who are participating in the West Clermont Fun Run to get ready for it. If you are not able to do the fun run, this challenge can help your overall conditioning. In addition, it is a great way to strengthen our heart and to make our muscles last longer (muscular endurance).
Find a place to run or jog - you will need a little room for this. It can be a track, field (soccer, football, etc.), backyard, park, etc. Bring a watch with you. You do not need a stop watch, a regular watch will be fine. Make your own 'course' - just decide where you will be running in that place. Keep track of how long you can run or jog without stopping. Email me if you can make it for 20 minutes or more!!
Remember - you do NOT have to RUN! You can jog. You can also do some of both.
If you run fast, slow down BEFORE you get too tired. Then, when you catch your breath, you can pick up your speed again.
Slow and steady keeps you in the challenge longer!
Try to run for a distance, rather than a time.
For this, you will need to know how long your course is. It may be better to do this on a running track at a school or park where the actual distance is available.
Some of your parents/siblings may have a GPS watch that can tell you how far you run.
Email me if you can run 2 or more miles without stopping!
Try running a certain distance, then get faster each time.
Pick a distance - try a mile - and time how long it takes you to run that distance.
Each time you practice, try to run that mile a little bit faster.
Email me if you can run a mile in 8 minutes or less!