The Space Coast Lightfest benefitted Habitat for Humanity, Brevard County. Every holiday season our local park is filled with holiday lights strung into different shapes, some representing the cultural influence of the community (sailboats and spaceships), while others simply promote the holiday spirit.
On this 25th annual event, six students were registered to walk and/or run, but due to heavy rainfall and gusting winds combined with the seasonal cold epidemic, several were forced to stay indoors. So, four of the CIP Wellness Team members braved the wet Florida snowflakes (a.k.a. rain) and took to the 5K course. The route is three times around a one-mile loop ending with a festive arc d’lights changing illumination patterns and making an ethereal photonic experience.
The CIP Wellness Team saw an excellent finish and the fast recovery of one student who was distracted by the beautiful lights and tripped, finishing the race at a fast-paced walk. Dane set a new PR (personal record) and David went head-on into a competitive age group, running against some seasoned athletes with a five-minute mile pace! Through it all the students remembered some important fitness goals.
Here’s some of the strategies they utilized:
1. When running, always look ahead to a nearby object, focus on the approach and continue to run towards goal objects, such as a lightpost or stop sign – something to keep you mentally prepared for the entire goal distance.
2. Digest food 2-3 hours prior to cardiorespiratory activity. Brevard Wellness Team members will have a light snack – fruit or a granola bar – a few hours before anaerobic activity to account dietetically for more prolonged exertion.
3. Maintain a POSE ™ running form, landing on the ball of your foot and keeping your stride and leg placement within the COG, or Center of Gravity.
4. Plan for your Routine! Know how changes in your schedule will affect your weekly routine to be able to plan ahead for exercise. Practice and consistency are elemental building blocks to create a solid foundation for an active lifestyle. Ask your Wellness Coordinator to help you establish weekly exercise plans and brainstorm stretching and breathing techniques to fill study breaks on days that are too busy to perform an exercise circuit. Wellness is all the time, everywhere – go forth, be well, and sweat!
Here’s how CIP students placed in the event: In the Male Age Group 15-19, David Friedland placed 11th with a time of 26 minutes; in the Male Age Group 20-24, Dane Sampath placed 6th with a time of 38 minutes and 46 seconds; in the Female Age Group 25-29, Jamie Kennedy placed 1st with a time of 26 minutes and 9 seconds.