Runners generally know that the first step to prepare for a distance event such as The Daily News Boogie is to train.
In some cases, though, there is a step that has to come earlier: Learning about the need to train. It's a step with which Terri Hansen, a teacher at David Thompson elementary, is well acquainted, this season in particular.
The Westsyde school has been part of past Boogie events with its Grade seven students mentored by running coach Jo Berry. In turn, they would work with kindergarten students as part of their leadership class.
"This year, we're running it schoolwide," Hansen said.
The David Thompson Boogie - which replicates the main event - takes place the day before on April 27.
For some kids, the first instinct when told to run is to, well, run. Training? That's something new to factor in.
"A lot of them have no idea that you train for a run. They learn what it takes to participate in a run. And you know what, they really do enjoy it."
The school is about halfway through its five-week training program in preparation for the intramural event. Tuesday mornings they train with the intermediates, grades four to seven. Once a week, the grade sevens work with the twos and threes. On another day, the sevens will work with the ones, and so on.
The primary students focus on a walk/run training program, basically a reduced run.
And the Grade 7 students who work with their younger peers develop a skill set that will be important to them on and off the sports field.
"I've got some really great students. It gives a feel of total community for the school. The kids get to feel what it's like to be a teacher."
Laura Viventi, one of the students, can see the excitement building around the school.
"It's really cool to see that they're really excited," she said. "I think it's really fun. I think it's a good experience for them to get ready for maybe sports when they get older."
TRAINING TALK: GORD CUMMING
Time to focus, time to feel the change, time to enjoy running!
As your training becomes more consistent and you begin to establish routines, and focus more on your running, a change will occur - not only in your running ability but also with your enjoyment of running.
"Zoning in" while running is amazing, sometimes it's elusive or hard to find, however, once you develop the ability to zone in, your running takes on another level. Runs feel effortless, you move more freely, the kilometres seem to quickly pass, and your confidence soars.
This past week I was "zoned in" during a 15-kilometre run along beautiful Campbell Creek Road in Barnhartvale. After my run I felt awesome, full of energy, and I was left looking forward to my next training session.
Finding the zone requires letting go, not thinking about running, and focussing on something engaging. I make lists in my head, I analyze my coaching for my daughter's next soccer game, or I plan my next family vacation. This works for me, however, you will need to find your engaging thoughts to distract you from your running and allow you to let go.
Maybe it's having a conversation with your training partner or planning your household budget? Once you learn to zone in you will understand why there is more to running than just hitting the trails and you will open up that next level of running, one of ease and enjoyment.
TRAINING TALK: NEVILLE FLANAGAN
Spring has certainly sprung here in Kamloops. Last week I ran around Kenna Cartwright Park; all the snow has gone and it is great to run there again.
We have to give our thanks to Doug Daws and the late Dr. Ian Findlay for their tireless effort to have most of Mount Dufferin turned into a park, which is bigger than Stanley Park, for all of us to enjoy including the wildlife.
Through the last two weeks I spent one day each week doing a short workout striding diagonally across Charles Anderson soccer field. I warm up with a jog of about 10 minutes then did five stride-outs of 30 seconds at about 70 per cent effort. Jogged in between, with a cool down jog of 10 minutes.
I add on each week. That's it for a workout. Some people when starting out doing this type of workout tend to overdo it by setting a number of stride-outs then saying to themselves when done that that they feel good and do more. That's when you get injured.
Striding-out or doing speed work takes time over weeks and cannot be taken lightly. Always finish those workouts feeling good.
I went to Vancouver for the weekend what a beautiful city to be in when its not raining. Ran around Burnaby Central Park for a long run, trails going everywhere. Keep exercising and enjoy all the amenities we have here in Kamloops.
TRAINING TALK: Jenn Rensch
Running on Easter Sunday morning was beautiful. The weather couldn't have been more perfect, I hope we're fortunate enough to see that same weather on Boogie Sunday.
This past week I've reflected on all the pointers that RunClub gave us on our first day, as Kris, my running partner in crime, suffered an injury to her foot. Luckily it wasn't too serious; she only needed to take a week off to recover.
Her injury reminded me how important it is to listen to your body, be mindful of your surroundings (as the rough terrain we were on may have contributed to her pulled tendon), and new shoes. If you're running in old worn - stop immediately.
There's a reason all the coaches keep reminding us about proper footwear. I've been lucky enough to not experience constant soreness since starting training, which surprised me as I expected as a newbie to regularly ache. Some others I've talked to have experienced this. I've had occasional sore calves and thighs next day after tackling some inclines but for the most part my body is rising to the challenge.
My biggest pain hurdle has been stitches in my side and I finally asked a coach what the cause was and how to alleviate it. Dehydration, I was told. I thought I was doing well with increasing my water intake, but apparently I wasn't, since adding a couple more glasses of water throughout the day - no more stitches.
Another important beginner tip to remember - stay hydrated.