This semester two students competed in the annual Pumpkins in the Park 5k run! Peter S. and Ben K. (both former Health & Wellness students of the month) trained for three months prior and on the day of the race finished the race in 41 minutes and 30 minutes respectively. Both students ran the entire race course, which included a scenic waterfront portion and several hills.
Pumpkins in the Park was an evening race, giving ample time to prepare throughout the day. Peter watched what he ate, consuming 60/40 carbohydrate to protein ratio, while Ben had several smaller meals during the day. Having learned a series of pre-race stretching techniques, Peter and Ben warmed-up like pros.
In addition to stretching before the run, a portion of the guys’ pre-race training included a daily increase in their intake of certain vitamins and minerals over several months. Specifically these were omega-3, found most heavily in concentrated form in fish oil, and vitamins C and E to reduce muscle damage and inflammation. Taking care to train smart and run well was of the utmost importance.
Peter and Ben also participated in several group and individual wellness sessions that focused on a method of running called POSE method ®. The basic concepts of POSE running were applied on race day to ensure the most efficient and effective running method possible. Peter uses the enjoyment he gets from having mastered the three basic POSE techniques, while Ben uses motivation from his favorite songs and the excitement of being labeled a “runner”. Both students presented a well-rounded example of a self-motivated and confident student.
Ben remarked early in November that, “we trained really hard for two months and on Friday, October 30 we were pumped and ready to cross the finish line!” The two students have since continued their weekend training runs and strong commitment to nutrition and weight management. They look forward to running the Autism Run 5k in late February.