Program sets up runner for 5k success

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Thrive for 5k is a program designed to help the normal everyday person get ready for a 5k race. Follow the beginner program and you will make your goal of a 5k, according to Luke Air Force Base Bryant Fitness experts.

“The 10-week program includes motivation, diet and training for all participants,” said Senior Airman Koraye Williams, 56th Comptroller Squadron and program participant. “We are here to help, drive, push and motivate you to make your goal.”

There will be daily updates and blogging discussions on the center’s Facebook page during the full 10-week program. Responses are encouraged.

The program started Jan. 8 with a timed 400m run, but it’s not too late to join. On Fridays thereafter a timed run will be taken at 9 a.m. at the base track to determine improvement.

During the 10 weeks, participants will have access to a quick running shoe analysis to determine if new running shoes are needed. Running improvement and performance nutrition classes will also be held in January.

Participants receive shirts that say IN TRAINING for the THRIVE FOR 5K run program, a running program, tracking sheet for daily runs and a nutrition log.

The final run is a color 5k run March 19. Children can run at 8:30 a.m. The 5k starts at 9 a.m. at the 944th HQ parking lot under the static display. When crossing the line, participants receive a shirt that says YOU COMPLETED the THRIVE FOR 5K program and survived! There are prizes for participants who had the best improvement times.

Running partners will be available to those who are interested.

Each session will be about 20 to 30 minutes. It’s recommended for participants to run every other day to allow for recovery and rest days.

For more information, call 623-856-6241.

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