Family boogies into active lifestyle

Running The Daily News Boogie has truly become a family affair for Tami and Cary Markin - now avid runners, they've gotten their children and even their grandmother in on it.

The couple ran 5K in their first Boogie in 2009 after joining organizer Jo Berry's RUNClub and have been onto half-marathons since.

Boogie has become an important part of their lives, the way they start each spring, and an activity they've been able to share with family.

"It's so inclusive, everybody can go," Tami said. "I always admired people that were runners but I just never thought that it was something that I could do.

"The whole RUNClub and Boogie philosophy is, everybody can do it. If you start slow and train properly, anybody can run."

Sons Alex and Ben have been annual participants in the mini-Boogie since 2009 and ran their first 5K last year. This year, the boys' grandparents and 80-year-old great-grandmother decided to sign up as well.

"I liked going over the bridge," nine-year-old Alex said. "Last year everyone got to design shirts for the mini-boogie and I got chosen and that's the shirt I drew," he said, pointing to the Boogie shirt on his six-year-old brother Ben.

Cary and Tami have met most of their friends through RUNClub or Boogie, and Cary's lost between 50 and 60 pounds since his first Boogie.

He'll compete in his third full marathon this May.

There aren't many aspects of their lives that Boogie hasn't touched.

"It's obviously gotten us active, we never used to do anything like this," Cary said. "Now it's getting our sons out and getting them running, run-walking, whatever, just getting out and having some fresh air.

"It's really been a great experience," Tami said. "It's changed our lives."

Training Talk: Neville Flanagan

My latest Boogie training began with an hour-long run on the snowless Rivers Trail.

I hadn't run that long since last fall and while I took it easy, the hamstrings and quads told me differently.

I was pleasantly surprised the following day when my wife Bonnie and I went for an easy run and my legs felt OK.

Before our run, we did a rowing machine and light weight workout. We doubled up that day because the next day we left town for a week.

I've always trained with a "one hard day and the next easy day" philosophy. I learned from experience that running the day you arrive somewhere is a huge mistake.

So another easy day of walking followed, with a cerveza or two to replace any liquid lost.

When I first started running in the '60s, no one talked about cross-training - you either ran, biked or swam, but not together, heaven forbid. People thought you were crazy enough just running.

Today I'm a advocate of cross-training, so on Monday we went with a group for a two-hour mountain bike ride, followed next day with a long walk.

My legs feel good because of my various activities. Cardio workouts from biking and running are working for me and I am enjoying life.

Like I said to a friend recently, when I get up in the morning, put my feet on the floor and stand up, it's another great day.

Yay . . . Boogie on, I say!

Training Talk: Jenn Rensch

As I showed up for training again with tired eyes, this time from attending the Kamloops Wine Festival the night prior (a fabulous fundraiser for the Kamloops Art Gallery which I highly recommend attending), I had to remind myself why I chose Sunday morning RUNClub sessions instead of Tuesday nights.

Many of you will understand where I'm coming from . . . trying to stay committed. Personally, getting out of bed early to exercise before work is not going to happen; I've tried it and I'm ashamed that commitment lasted about a month.

I know if I go home after work to change into my training gear, I'm going to find excuses not to leave the house; felt tired, the phone rang, have to make dinner, even cleaning the bathroom sounds like more fun than getting out to train.

Following the training schedule of three times a week, but not back to back, I had to pick days I could stay committed to for the full eight weeks before Boogie.

If I was doing Tuesday nights with RUNClub, Thursday nights on my own, there's no other day of the week I would feel motivated to get out and do a third run.

So to stay committed, I bring my gear to work and head out right after on Tuesday and Thursday, which leaves Sunday with the RUNClub group.

Plus, as Boogie happens on a Sunday morning my body will be prepared; luckily there's no events planned for that Saturday night.

Training Talk: Gord Cumming

The foot surgery was a success . . . bring on the running!

Most runners eventually figure out that running is not only physical exercise, it is a mental challenge. As you hit the road, there are two essentials to success: having a goal with a plan how to reach it, and good running shoes.

The Daily News Boogie is a perfect goal run since it appeals to all levels - beginners (5 km) intermediate (10 km) and those seeking to challenge themselves (21 km). Of course, many experienced runners choose the shorter distances as well.

Each week, a training plan is printed in the paper for each distance.

Follow these plans - they work. I've followed them for over a decade. They keep you focused on your goal, running injury free (weekly progressions are proven), and will guide you to success.

This week, I hit the trail with my running partner of four years. The two of us are always looking for running shoes that meet our needs. Although we have specific reasons for our choices, we both know the importance of a good running shoe. It is through trialing different shoes over time that we found the ones that suit our feet and running style. Reward yourself with the proper shoes, you will be thankful in the end.

Having a proven plan and the proper runners will assist with the confidence required for the mental part of running . . . sticking to the plan will bring you success.

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