The idea of running for better health can be overwhelming for some from fear they cannot run far enough or fast enough or previous attempts resulted in pain and frustration at the lack of …
The idea of running for better health can be overwhelming for some from fear they cannot run far enough or fast enough or previous attempts resulted in pain and frustration at the lack of progress.
Such concerns can be placed aside because help is available through a free, 10-week program emphasizing a gradual, non-competitive transition from walking to running.
Learn to Run is a joint effort between Bee Well of Edgar County and the Decatur Running Club to help novices get started in a proven training program that avoids injuries. Experienced local runners and Learn to Run graduates will be present for each training session to give guidance and support.
Sessions are 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday April 6 to June 10. Participants choose three to four days to participate in group walk/run sessions and three to four days to rest as injury avoidance. Saturday morning sessions are yet to be determined.
Locations will vary to cover the safest and most popular running spots in Paris. Routes may change weekly, and past locations for Learn to Run have included Schwartz and Twin Lakes Park and Edgar Cemetery.
Learn to Run participants start by walking with some running included. Each person expands how long to run during each training session based on what is individually comfortable as physical condition improves. The end goal is achieving the ability to run non-stop for 30 minutes without regard to how much distance is covered or the pace during that time span.
To sign up or ask questions, email LearnToRunParisIL@gmail.com.