Ozarks Medical Center is hosting a training camp for those interested in participating in the 2006 Fun Run on May 23.
"Those wanting to run, but not used to it, are encouraged to participate in a number of activities leading up to the May 23 event," said Fun Run event coordinator Jessica Brown.
Training coordinator Dennis Lawson has lined up a daily workout schedule for those wanting to build endurance. Four weeks before the race date, OMC will host special training talks after a Saturday morning workout. Saturday training sessions begin at 7 a.m. at the West Plains Zizzer Stadium. At 8 a.m. speakers will present short motivational or instructional talks.
Speakers, topics and dates are as follows:
April 29: OMC Physical Therapist Theresa Speake on getting started with a walking/running program.
May 6: OMC Behavioral Healthcare Supervisor Dennis Lawson on the mental health benefits of walking/running.
May 13: OMC Physical Therapist Greg Peugh on exercise and injury prevention.
May 20: OMC Wellness Coordinator Jason Dinn on the importance of antioxidants and exercise.
Weekly workout schedules are available from OMC by calling Jessica Brown in public relations at 417-257-6735.
"Each week of the training program follows the same pattern," said Dennis Lawson, who is coordinating the training. "One day a week, preferably the one following your hardest workout, is for resting. Adequate rest reduces your risk of injury. If you want, you can use your day off for activities other than walking such as bicycling and swimming."
"For a new runner/walker, these classes will give them an opportunity to begin a positive physical/mental journey with others of like condition and experience," said Lawson. "They will learn the tricks of the trade from experienced runners/walkers. They will learn how to maximize their training and avoid the common mistakes of ill-advised exuberance."
Lawson said partnering with a friend gives an added advantage in that people tend to stick to the training when they have a daily or weekly goal they share with another.
"They will receive positive feedback from their walking/running peers and see improvement and admiration in the eyes of their loved ones," he said.
Each week, workouts get a bit more intense as speed, strength and endurance improve. Lawson said workouts taper off during the week leading up to race day. This provides rest, leaving runners feeling fresh and strong for the big event.
For more information about the training or the Fun Run, call Brown at 417-257-6735. Registration for the May 23 Fun Run begins at 5 p.m. in the OMC Parkway Classroom in the Parkway Shopping Center. Individuals can participate in one of three separate events: a 5K run; a 1.5-mile walk; and a walk, stroll, crawl, any-way-you-can-finish race for children.