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Sunday, February 26, 2012

Gear up for the summer race season

Have you heard of the Spartan Sprint, Tough Mudder or Run for your Lives?

Have you thought about entering, but hesitate to register because you aren’t sure you could possibly do something like that?

Think again. With proper training, you can get yourself to do anything.

It’s important to get outside your comfort zone. Try something new.

If you’re anything like our Fit It In Race Team, you’re itching to start your race season. This season’s race list includes the Spartan Series, Tough Mudder, Run for your Lives and local 5K’s and triathlons.

We competed in these and many other races last year. This year, we’re determined to add a couple to our list and improve our levels of success in comparison with last year’s performances.

If you’re looking for a way to challenge yourself this spring and summer, sign up for one of these events. You’ll be surprised at what you can do if you put your mind to it and find others to do it with. Join us in preparation for your race of choice.

Step 1: Sign up for a race and join a race team for added motivation.

What did we do? We built our own team. Check it out at www.fititintraining.com or www.facebook.com/fititin.

Step 2: Train for your races. We have three training sessions (March 3, May 12, July 28) that are designed to enhance your performance in these races.

Step 3: Race! Have fun completing your adventure.

Not every “race” is a race. A lot of these organized events aren’t timed. They’re designed to promote a team atmosphere.

So, what are you waiting for? Find out where you stand and how fast you improve. Set up a chart for yourself, including all the activities below. Test yourself every month and track your progress.

How fast can you walk, jog or run 1 mile?

How many pushups can you do in 1 minute?

How long can you hold a front plank?

How many squats can you do in 1 minute?

Can you low crawl?

In the meantime, add a few things to your week:

Intervals: Walk fast or jog for one minute, then walk for two minutes. Try this 10-20 consecutive times and increase your walk/run time while decreasing your recovery time each week. You’ll be surprised how much better you’ll be running in just one month.

Pushups: Do 10 pushups every day.

Planks: Do one front plank every day for as long as possible.

Squats: Do 20 squats every day.

Fit It In runs the fourth Sunday of the month. Danielle Tetreault is a personal trainer and the owner of Fit It In Fitness, 4 Townsend West, Suite 11, Nashua. She can be reached at fititinpt@hotmail.com, or visit her website at www.fititintraining.com. She offers semiprivate training, group training and fitness challenges.