The Daily News Boogie: Training Talk

Three individuals, three levels of fitness, three distinct approaches to training for The Daily News Boogie

Three shapes, three sizes, three runners and three newspaper columns.

This year Daily News Boogie coverage will allow readers each Monday to follow the ups and downs of weekly training by three contributors.

The first two columnists will be familiar to any Daily News reader. Arjun Singh is a City councillor who hasn't run much since high school.

Daily News city editor Tracy Gilchrist, who writes her From the Hub column on Fridays, will offer readers another opinion on the pains of running and whether she's still able to tap into the runner's high of her old days.

Ryan Scorgie may not be instantly recognizable to readers, but he's well known in TRU and community leadership circles. And he's confident that networking will allow him to achieve a big goal: vaulting university alumni to the biggest Boogie team in its first year.

"Our goal is to get as many TRU T-shirts into the run as possible so we can build the image," said the city lawyer. "Boogie's really growing and expanding."

While their reasons are all slightly different, each Boogie columnist will focus on something different each week. The goal overall is to keep readers inspired, sharing setbacks, challenges and little victories along the way.

Unlike many first-time Boogie runners, Gilchrist isn't doing it to lose weight. Instead, she plans to gain some muscle along with motivation to continue exercising long after this year's Boogie is a memory.

Like many newspaper people, Gilchrist sits at a desk all day. Other than her weekly cross-country ski across the frozen Pinantan Lake, she's not doing any other exercise lately.

That all changed Sunday morning, the first day for Boogie training at Riverside Park.

"I used to run in high school, back in the days it was called jogging," Gilchrist said. "We'd wear whatever shoes we could find, sweatpants and just start running."

Gilchrist said she'll write her column from the perspective of a middle-aged runner, worried about knees, back and feet when renewing a commitment to exercise.

When she ran as a young woman, there were no energy-releasing shoes, compression leggings or GPS tracking hardware. The goal was to run and get the "runner's high."

"I'm hoping to get some of that feeling again," she said.

Like Gilchrist, Singh was last active during high school cross-country running.

"I jogged for a little while after," he said. "The last few years I've been a sporadic walker."

Singh's goal is to motivate himself and readers.

"I'm not in the best shape. It's important for me at my age to get into a good place to be."

Scorgie is the fitness star among the three. He regularly competed in triathlons as a teen. While he has scaled back, he typically enters three runs a year.

"It's usually for community support. I like being involved in the community. Events are a good excuse to go out for a run."
For Singh, the column will also become a convenient truth pill to make sure he gets on the road.

"I'm trying to keep to a schedule," he said of Boogie training. The column is a bit of personal accountability."

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