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sofa2success kicks off in OKC


We are very excited to be partnering with OKC’s Metro Family Magazine and the 32nd Annual Redbud Classic for this exciting 5K beginner sofa2sucess project.  This year’s RedBud Class is scheduled for April 6th, 2014.  The training is free of charge and open to everyone!  You can register at http://www.metrofamilymagazine.com/Web-2013/Metrofamilys-Redbud-Classic-5K-Sign-Up-Form/

 

Here is a breakdown of how the program will work:

  • Training will begin on Monday, February 10, 2014 and will run for 8 consecutive weeks.
  • MetroFamily will send you an email on Sunday night with your training program to follow for the coming week. The training program is based on runhers popular “Sofa2Success” program and will guide you each step of the way. At the end of the 8 weeks, you will be ready to run or walk the Redbud Classic 5K on Sunday, April 6, 2014.
  • Your first training email will be sent on Sunday, February 9th—so get your running shoes ready!
  • The training program will be administered by runhers Coach Sara McCauley. Learn more about Sara below.
  • In addition to the training emails, MetroFamily will also be featuring blogs by four local moms (Carrie, Serena, Rachel and Alicia) as they progress through the training program.  You can read about their efforts, receive inspiration and tips and follow along as they prepare for the 5K right along with you.
  • We will host welcome and informational meetings for everyone participating in the program on February 1st at 10am and again on Wednesday, February 5th at 6pm.  Both meetings will be held at The Belle Isle Library, 5501 N Villa Ave, in Oklahoma City.  This will allow you to meet Coach Sara, ask questions, meet other participating moms and get pumped up about this training program.  We hope you will be able to join us—it will be fun!

In the meantime, be sure to register for the Redbud Classic at www.redbud.org and consider joining the runhers women’s association for additional information and support (runhers.com)

Here is a welcome from Coach Sara:

Hey Ladies!

 My name is “Coach Sara” and we are honored to be working with MetroFamily Magazine and all of you as we train for the 2014 RedBud Classic in April.  I head up the training programs at runhers women’s association, headquartered here in Oklahoma City.  I am a nationally certified RRCA Running Coach and a NASM Certified Personal Trainer.  I am excited to work with you all and see you through this fun endeavor. We will meet up soon to discuss details and answer any training questions or concerns you may have!  Congratulations on making this commitment, you will inspire many through your training.  Looking forward to meeting you all!

 Coach Sara

We look forward to training with you—and hope to meet you in person at one of our welcome events!

 


5K sofa2success program

Are you thinking – is this all there is?  Are you living in that vicious daily cycle of demanding schedule and trying to fill everyone’s needs?  Do you feel out of shape?  Not pleased with the way life is going?   Just had a baby?  Maybe you just don’t know how to get started.   Sofa2success can help you get that feel good energy back.  Taking that first step can transform you and restore your confidence/energy to tackle today’s challenges.  A healthy you is the best you!

About sofa2success

 sofa2success© is being developed into a complete series for women that will include the 5K training and other fitness programs, nutrition,  easy to prepare healthy recipes, nutrition tips, style and beauty  as well as a guide to balancing all the things that can make life very stressful.  All in all – we will use the sofa2success as a lifestyle guide that you can use as a reference anytime you need it.  Our website and Facebook and Twitter feeds will offer daily lifestyle tips, food news, shopping, events of all kinds to help keep you active and happy!

The supportive women at runhers are here to help you get started and back on track toward a more rewarding lifestyle.  We can help train you to run or walk in a 5K (3.1 mile) event.  It’s easy to get going – we provide a plan, the education and the motivation, you provide just a little energy and self-motivation to get started … and with each day your confidence and renewed spirit will grow!  And completing a 5K is a great accomplishment and can continue on your journey to a healthier, happier you.   The best you!

You may be asking … why should I be thinking about taking up running or run/walking? 

  •  The simplicity of it!  It’s so simple to start!  All you need is some comfortable clothing you can move in and some decent athletic footwear, and your off and running!  You can run or walk any day and time you want.
  • Everyone can Participate!  Running is the most inclusive of all activities.  You don’t have to have a special athletic talent to do it.  You just lace up the sneakers and get moving at your own pace.  Want to get faster or go longer?  We can help you with all of that – safety tips, training schedules, group runs and all the support you need are all here in the runhers association.  You can run or walk for fitness, to socialize or even compete in races. 
  • Anytime – anywhere – any duration.  You can be just about anywhere and get a run and/or walk in.  Your neighborhood, the many great parks in OKC metro area, Lake Hefner runs and you can even walk in the hot summer months.  Just keep moving.  Every little bit adds up!   Even short 10 – 15 minute walks or runs have proven to be VERY beneficial for your spirit and your health!  
  • Affordability!  No health club membership dues.   No contracts.  No fancy, space-hogging equipment.  All you really need is a decent pair of running shoes and some clothing appropriate for the weather conditions and you’re ready to run or walk!  Easy!
  • Fun Events – Worthy Causes  The beauty of running and walking is that you can run in solitude one day, with your training/social group the next and then with anywhere from 300 to 40,000 other participants on any given weekend !!   Get started now!

 

5K (3.1 miles) Training Program (Walk or Run)

Before Starting

Before starting a 5K training program, you should make sure you are healthy enough to undertake the training.  This 5K training should not be taken lightly.  Consult your medical professional to ensure you are ready for this important next step! 

Recommended Beginner 5K Training Program (Walk or Run)

Week

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Saturday

Sunday

1

Rest

15 minutes easy

XT or rest

20 minutes

XT or rest

1.5 miles easy

XT or rest

2

Rest

20 minutes easy

XT or rest

20 minutes

XT or rest

20 -30 min easy

XT or rest

3

Rest

20 minutes easy

XT or rest

20 minutes

XT or rest

2.5 miles or 30 mins

XT or rest

4

Rest

20 minutes easy

XT or rest

20 minutes

XT or rest

2.5 miles or 30 mins

XT or rest

5

Rest

2 miles

easy

XT or rest

20 minutes

XT or rest

30 – 40 minutes

XT or rest

6

Rest

2 miles easy

XT or rest

25 minutes

XT or rest

3 miles

XT or rest

7

Rest

2.5 miles easy

XT or rest

25 minutes

XT or rest

45 mins or 3 miles

XT or rest

8

Rest

2.5 miles easy

XT or rest

25 minutes

XT or rest

5K

Rest!

 

Note:  XT means to cross train.  This could be any other activity to help body, mind and spirit!  You could do some core work, or light stretching, upper body workout, light yoga or any activity you enjoy.  Mix it up, experiment and listen to your body.

Easy Runs and Walk/Runs

This means running totally comfortable and controlled.  When running alone or with your runhers training partner or group, you should be able to converse easily. You’ll likely feel as if you could go faster.  Don’t.  There is always time in the future to go faster or longer if that becomes your goal.  For now, just building a ‘base’ level of running or run/walking fitness is what you are after.  You can also do walk/runs where you may start with 1 minute of easy running with 2 – 3 minutes of brisk walking; repeating this for the duration.  Experiment with the mix of walk/run minute until you feel comfortable with it.

Rest

Rest is always important.  Make one day a rest day where you really are resting up from training.  You need to make sure your muscles are well rested as you progress and grow though the training program.  Rest and recovery doesn’t always mean doing nothing, you can do some like stretching or other light physical activity.  Your body will begin telling you what it needs as you develop a better relationship with it! 

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