Thursday, January 8, 2009

New Year, New You

Isn't that SUCH an overused phrase?!
I mean, how many health/self-improvement/fitness/etc. magazines use that tagline on the front cover every single January?

It's not too late to get on track (or back on track) with your fitness resolutions. If you are a reader of this blog, chances are you are already holding steady with a fitness regime or at least holding steady with good intentions toward that end.

Here are a few training groups/programs of interest to anyone considering running their first (or first in years) race this year.

** Athens' DeAnna McNeill, who along with Melinda Quinn formed the Athens-Limestone Track Club as a Facebook group last year, is heading up a "Couch to 5K" training group with the goal of running the Cotton Row Run 5K on Memorial Day. The group meets for training at the Athens High School track at 4:45 p.m. Monday through Thursday (having gotten started Jan. 5). For more info contact DeAnna at or join the ALTC group on Facebook.

** Fleet Feet Sports of Huntsville is also offering training groups for Cotton Row Run. The No Boundaries group is focused on the 5K race while the Next Steps group aims for the 10K. No Boundaries is limited to 100 participants while Next Steps is limited to 50.
No Boundaries 5K training: Register online @ Information Meeting - Monday, Feb. 23 at 6:30 p.m. at Fleet Feet. Program Begins - Monday, March 2 at 6:00 p.m. at Fleet Feet. Group Runs -Every Monday evening. Cost is $75 for the 12-week program.
Next Steps 10K training: To register, visit Information Meeting -Wednesday, Feb. 25 at 6:30 p.m. at Fleet Feet. Program begins Wednesday, March 4 at 6:00 p.m. at Fleet Feet. Group Runs - Every Wednesday evening. Cost is $75 for the 12-week program.
For more information on either program visit the Fleet Feet Sports website or e-mail

For more information about Cotton Row Run visit the Huntsville Track Club's online race calender by clicking here.

** For other great tips, training assistance and helpful links visit the training page at the Runner's World website.

On your marks, get set, GO!