This week Our Lady of Lourdes is kicking off a running program designed to help even the most beginner runners prepare to torch their first race, or if they’re feeling brave, a 10K.
The program kicks off on Wednesday and will be a six-week progression from three miles to the 10K distance of 6.2 miles.
The program is designed to help beginning runners achieve their overall distance goals, but this season the group is specifically preparing for the Cajun Cup 10K run, held in downtown Lafayette.
The run group will be lead by Brett Hylton, Manager of the Our Lady of Lourdes Fitness Center in downtown Lafayette.
Hylton is a Certified Personal Trainer, Corrective Exercise Specialist, Fitness Nutrition Specialist, and he is excited to use his knowledge to help runners achieve their fitness goals.
Hylton said, “We’re trying to bring in as many people as we can. From runners who have already done a 10K, to people who want to try it but don’t know how to get started,” said Hylton. ”I can help answer any nutrition questions people have and perhaps even help people with gait issues.”
The group will meet officially twice a week, on Wednesdays at 5:30 p.m. and on Saturdays at 7 a.m.
Wednesday meetings will take place at the Our Lady of Lourde’s Fitness Center where the group will do cross training exercises together.
On Saturdays the group will meet at 7 a.m. at Our Lady of Lourde’s Hospital onff of Ambassador Cafferey for a group run.
Each week the Saturday morning run route will increase by a half-mile or mile until the 10K distance is reached.
As part of the program, runners also have the option to take any class offered on Mondays at the Lourde’s Fitness Center for free.
Some Monday class options include, Zumba, Yoga, Pilates, PiYo and Tai Chi.
The program is designed to not only keep runners on track to achieve their mileage goals, but to keep their bodies limber and ready for race day.
Hylton said, “Cross training is very important for runners, especially to keep them off the pavement and give their bodies something different than just running. Our cross training will include a lot of calisthenics with some strength training and aerobics conditioning.”
Lourdes hosted a similar running program in the spring, which was met with such enthusiasm by local runners that they decided to bring it back for the fall.
“I think running as a group gave us a lot of camaraderie,” said Hylton. “We would encourage each other to do better and finish the workout. That sense of having someone by your side helped a lot of people out I think.”
No matter what level a runner is at, the focus of the group is to get everyone moving and ready for race day.
“I’m hoping that the people who are sort of apprehensive about committing themselves to a 10K realize that it’s possible,” said Hylton. “We want people to know that we can help anyone reach their goal.”
For more information about the group check out their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/LourdesRuns, their website at https://lourdesrmc.com/Pages/community-health/Living-Right-.aspx or call the Lourdes Fitness Center at 337-470-4802.