By Eric Bourque
The Walkers continue to help runners.
We’re referring to Liz and Mike Walker, local running instructors, who are getting ready to put on another of their Learn to Run clinics.
The 10-week program is scheduled to go from Sept. 11 to Nov. 13, with an introductory open house to be held Sept. 4 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the Yarmouth YMCA.
The program is described as one that “introduces non-runners and occasional runners to the sport of recreational running in a safe, non-threatening environment.”
Program participants will meet each Thursday at the Y. These sessions will include talks on various topics – proper footwear, nutrition, safety etc. – followed by group runs, where coaches run with the participants and observe their running form.
The idea is to start the program with an even mix of slow running and walking. The amount of time spent running increases gradually as the program progresses.
Aside from attending the weekly sessions and taking part in the weekly group runs, another requirement of the program is that participants commit themselves to doing two more workouts prior to the following week’s clinic. Referred to as “homework runs,” these workouts help participants develop strength and endurance and improve their form, the Walkers say.
For one of their homework runs, participants may want to join an informal Saturday morning running group at the Y. The Walkers acknowledge that running tends to be easier and more fun when done in a group.
The Walkers’ running program is pretty popular, given that it always seems to sell out, leaving people on a waiting list. They will accept 25 people for the program.
The cost is $40 for YMCA members and $55 for non-members. (The fee is non-refundable.) The money helps support various Y programs. The program is basically open to anyone over 19, provided they have no medical condition that would prevent them from running.
For more on the program, contact the YMCA (742-7181).