The United Way of Bedford County will host its 5th annual Spooktacular 5K and 10K costumed run and walk on Saturday, Oct. 27, and they're looking to help folks get prepared.
The Monsters in Training program is a great way to get started in running and fitness walking. The program features three training sessions and group run/walks at the Shelbyville Recreation Center.
One speaker, Shelbyville's Dr. Ron Fausnaught, encourages would-be runners to check out the training sessions.
"A lot of people feel a little overwhelmed by the idea of taking on something like a 5K run," Fausnaught said. "They get it their minds, that 'Oh, I can never do that.'"
"It's underutilized," he said. "People don't realize how much great information is available. This teaches how to train better, what kind of equipment to use, and how to prevent and deal with injuries in the process."
The first session will be held on Monday, Sept. 17 at 6:30 p.m. with Rick Canada speaking before the training session. Canada has coached hundreds of runners, and will be offering insight on smart, effective training methods.
A representative from Fleet Feet, a top running store in middle Tennessee, will come on Monday, Oct. 1 to talk about proper gear. The store will also give a free pair of running socks to each program participant on the day of the run.
Finally, Dr. Fausnaught will impart his knowledge on avoiding and treating aches and pains on Monday, Oct. 15. Fausnaught is a chiropractor in Shelbyville, and has dealt with his own injuries on the path to running fitness.
Keri Smith participated in last year's program, and gave several pluses to signing up this year.
"It was nice to be with people who were going to be participating in the Spooktacular runs," she said.
"It was all useful information that helped to get you ready to do your best for the race," she added. "I walk some of the course, and one instructor was a trainer who taught us about correcting stride, which was very helpful."
Dr. Fausnaught also encouraged seasoned runners looking to better their times and further their distances.
The cost of the Monsters in Training program is $10 plus the $30 cost of entering in the Spooktacular 5 and 10K run and walk. Included in the cost of the run is a commemorative event tech shirt.
And who knows, you may get a few costume ideas for the run from your fellow trainees.