Avoid Skipping Recovery
Listening to your body is key to avoiding injury and burnout. Your body can actually grow stronger when you are at rest. The process of training includes workouts that are strategically placed along with rest days, which provides stimulation during the activity and recovery when you are at rest. If you are new to running, it is important not to push yourself to hard. Injuries can pop up when training advances too quickly. If your body is giving you warning signs, listen and take the extra time off so you can fully adjust and recover to meet your specific fitness needs.
The 3rd Annual Mary O’Donnell 5K Race to Cure ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease) will be held on Sunday, August 13th at Pine Banks Park in Melrose, MA. Proceeds from the race will benefit The Angel Fund for ALS Research and its research at the Cecil B. Day Laboratory for Neuromuscular Research at UMass Medical Center.
The race will be held in memory of Mary O’Donnell of Melrose who lost her courageous four-year battle to ALS on November 1, 2014 at the age of 51.
Born in Boston and raised in Belmont, Massachusetts, Mary Pomer O’Donnell was the sixth of 12 children of Frank A. Pomer and Margaret (Flatley) Pomer. Mary graduated from Belmont High School in 1981 and received her Bachelor of Science degree from The College of The Holy Cross in 1985 and her Law Degree from Suffolk University in 1994. She married Bill O’Donnell on June 9, 1990 and made their home in Melrose.
Mary was a homemaker who took great pride in taking care of her family. She was the devoted and loving mother to her five children, Tom, Jim, Matt, Luke and Maria. She enjoyed going to the beach, was a person who enjoyed the simpler things in life and never took anything for granted. She cherished the quiet times with her husband and enjoyed attending all the activities that her children were involved in whether it be school functions or sporting events.
Registration for the August 13th event begins at 8:00 a.m. with a 9:00 a.m. race time. The registration fee is $30.