The thumbnails are for pictures taken of my former students participating in a local 5K race. See if you know any of these brave souls! I want to break the record for most students attended, 156, set in the spring of 2011. I especially want to see first time runners!! As an important goal of this semester, I want to have over 15% of the class run a 5K race. We will be running the "Run for the water 5K" at 7:15 AM on October 28, 2012. This will be in downtown Austin, so it is easy for most of you to attend. Here is the race website:
Note that this is both a 10 mile race (7 AM start) and a 5K (7:15 AM start). Feel free to choose either one that corresponds to your running interests.
One of the things I feel strongly about is that learning how to stay physically fit is an important part of any college education. A vast array of common diseases can be entirely prevented with a consistent level of fitness as an adult. I also believe that the college years are the best time to begin a lifelong pattern of staying fit. Believe me, it is much harder to get into shape the older you get, and the older you start, the less likely you are to stick with it.
There are many great ways to stay in shape, and I prefer running. My family and I run a lot of local races and I actively encourage my classes to participate. There is always an "incentive" relating to class if a sufficient number of students finish a race. I have several former students who still run, and they comment that learning to enjoy running was perhaps the most important thing they learned in my class.
Luke's Locker is an excellent local running store that knows how to fit running shoes, and they sponsor some races.
The Austin Runner's Club has a beginning 5K running group to help you get in shape for the Race. I personally recommend this group along with the Austin Runner's Club, they are excellent. There are also many other programs on the UT campus as well as other organizations in Austin that can help you get started. If you run the trail around town lake, chances are you will see me and my family a few times this semester.