Saturday, April 28, 2012

Come Check Out XTC BOOT CAMP!!

Last week: Monday we ran a couple of miles and ran up a hill a few times.  Wednesday we did some burpees, ran on some "tires" and carried some "logs".  This Monday we are going to run some 100's, 200's and 400's.  If you are looking for a fun and challenging time or a way to train for the RAD RUN Adventure Race...come check out XTC BOOT CAMP.  Monday and Wednesday night at 6pm at the Marshall Area YMCA in front of the Exercise Studio on the second floor.

Monday, April 23, 2012

I CAN - Part 1

Today it’s hard to believe that when I was 17, I was a flat-footed, 5’9” kid clocking in at 248 pounds.  At the end of my junior year in high school, I took a look at myself and knew something had to change.  I spent that summer working out every day with a varied program of weightlifting in the basement gym at our local golf club just around the block from my family’s house.  By fall, I had hit a growth spurt and with my weight training, had dropped 33 pounds.  I entered my senior year at 215 pounds. 
In the years that followed, my weight bobbed up and down, from lows in the 180s, to highs back around that 215 mark.  Up until the summer of 2007, I focused solely on weight training and still saw running as only something to do to get away from someone chasing me.  Until one day, after lifting, I thought to myself – “I bet you can’t run a mile.”  A defiant voice inside me shouted back: “I BET I CAN!” 
With that, I was off down the driveway and around the block – which was an even third of a mile. My breath scraped through my lungs and my mouth watered.  My legs kicked hard against the asphalt and the big clunky shoes (not running shoes by ANY stretch) thundered along the pavement as I made my way around the first lap. 
When I reached the halfway point of the second lap, I could feel the tightness in my legs clamp down, but I pushed on through it.  I was gushing sweat in the July heat but focused on my goal.  All the time, my brain was thinking of the doctors, gym teachers and others who all said – “you’ll never be much of a runner because of your flat feet.”  I sneered angrily at the memories of their dismissals (which I had used up to that point as excuses) and found that they were spurring me on to run – RUN! – just this one mile. 
By the time I was a quarter turn from home, I was exhausted.  I’d guess my pace wasn’t far off from a ten-minute-mile at that point, but I rumbled along – defiantly whispering with each wheezing breath – “I CAN.”  As I crossed the imaginary finish line extending out from the driveway, I raised my arms in a V and slowed to a walk.  It took me another turn around the block to catch my breath and another to calm my heartbeat.  I took one more to stretch my legs. 
In my workout notebook, under “Chest & Biceps” I wrote “Ran 1 Mile” and underlined it.  That was the day I became a runner; that was the day that my life and my outlook on fitness changed.  Running was no longer a flight response – but a FIGHT response.  Despite who I was, and what I had been told, by doctors, gym teachers and classmates – I WAS A RUNNER, DAMMIT – and I was going to KEEP RUNNING.  And I did, but that’s another set of stories altogether.   
The Upcoming Rad Run might be a target for you.  It might be a test for you.  It might just be a fun mud-filled rumble through the park trails with friends and family, but whatever it is to you; know that you CAN do this run, and any other one you put your mind to, whether it’s a mile or a marathon.  Now get out there and show the world – and yourself – that YOU CAN!

Friday, April 20, 2012

XTC Classes at the Y

To help prepare for the Rad Run check out the XTC (cross-training challenge) classes, they are both fun and challenging! XTC classes are held on Monday and Wednesday evenings at 6pm at the Y.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Hi, my name is LaVae Anderson and I am the Health and Wellness Director at the Marshall Area YMCA.  We are very excited to be able to offer this type of event for everyone in SW MN, SE SD, and Northern IA!!  There isn't another one in this area, so we planned, dug our heels in and got it all together for YOU!  I am so impressed by and thankful for the people who are helping to make this happen.  The course is beautiful yet challenging and the participants will have a blast.  So if you are ready for something new, fun and challenging, whether you are a beginner to this type of event or professional....sign up today!  You won't be disappointed.  GO RAD RUN!

Thursday, April 5, 2012

We have our route!!!!

First Ever Marshall Area YMCA Rad Run

We are so excited to introduce our first ever Rad Run Adventure Run!!  Can you imagine?  There are so many amazing athletes in Southwest Minnesota who now have the opportunity to compete.  Don't let this opportunity for a challenge and just plain fun pass you by.  The more people who sign up, the better the competition will be.  Bring it on!  Show everyone how amazing you really are!  Sign up before May 28 to receive a tshirt!  Click on the links on the right for full details!