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Running: Embark on new, healthy lifestyle

By Louise LeDuc


On Saturday, Jan. 11 a new beginner’s running program will start in Bridgetown. On the first day, we gather inside the Bridgetown library (10 a.m.), to meet and greet, and go over various aspects of the program, before heading outside for our run/walk.

Winter is an awesome time of year to be outside. The air is clear and crisp, and can be so invigorating. The trick for some is to overcome their fear of venturing outside on cold days. You’ll find if you dress for the conditions, it doesn’t take long before you are toasty warm. Our bodies are efficient heat factories when energy is expended.

There is nothing like the peacefulness of running during a fresh snowfall in winter. While others huddle inside, you’ll be a blazing example to follow.

You may have noticed a merry band of runners, running on the streets and sidewalks of Bridgetown. Many of this group started as beginners last January, and have continued to meet to run, three days a week.

Some run for the fun, fitness, and social aspect, while others have chosen to take part in various running events like the Bluenose Marathon. We had 40 from the Bridgetown Running Group who took part in the Bluenose Marathon on the May long weekend in Halifax. They participated in the full range of events: the Youth Run, 5km, 10km, Half Marathon and Full Marathon. Being one of  10,000+ strong run/walkers is such an empowering thing!!

The Beginner Program is a gradual one, combining running and walking. It is suitable for just about anyone. We start off the first week running one minute and walking two minutes and repeating six times, then finishing off with one minute of running…time out 19 minutes with seven minutes of running interspersed. Everyone runs at a pace that is comfortable for them. We meet three times a week: Monday at 6 p.m., Thursday at 6 p.m., and Saturday at 10 a.m.

Over 12 weeks we will gradually work up to running for 10 minutes and walking for 0ne minute and repeating, with the goal of running five kilometers at the end.

If you would like to try something you never thought you could do, come out to see what this running is all about. Most participants are pleasantly surprised at how enjoyable and rewarding their efforts can be. It all starts with the courage to take that first step. You’ll find running is a great way to control weight, reduce stress, meet new people, and just give you a feeling of well being. You’ll be part of a growing movement, a catalyst for healthy change in the community, and a role model for your friends, family, and co-workers. Group support is a powerful motivator. By setting an achievable goal for yourself, you’ll find anything is possible.

There is no fee for this program, however a goodwill donation to the library would be gladly accepted.

For more info call Louise LeDuc at 665-2476

Organizations: Bridgetown Running Group

Geographic location: Bridgetown, Halifax

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