Build a Foundation
Add some variety to your exercise routine. Run one day and strength train the next. This will not only hold your interest in the workouts longer, but it will give your body the time it needs for recovery. Additionally, you are covering more muscle groups throughout the body and keeping the workouts motivating and different.
To build up endurance for your 5K race include some interval training as part of your regimen. Use hill sessions and up-tempo to your runs to do this. Hold a steady running pace where you do not feel like you are just about to die, but that you can keep going.
Head to the track for shorter interval runs while learning to pace yourself. Learn to conserve your energy during the first part of the race and then to let go in the second half so you can make it to the finish line of you 5K race.
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.