Let's Run To The Shrine! (Stacia Naquin)

By: Stacia Naquin
By: Stacia Naquin

I've got a goal in mind to get me back into running... I'm going to Run To The Shrine! Here are some training tips, if you'd like to do the same.


I'm a procrastinator by nature.
I've conquered that tendency for the most part. But sometimes, it creeps back up on me. That would definitely be the case with my plans to start running. I've been planning on it, but haven't really gotten around to it.
But, now I've got a plan! I'm going to participate in the Run To The Shrine at the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo on Saturday, May 21st. It's a 5K or 10K race. I think I'm just going to stick with the 5K this time.
As I've talked about before, I'm not great at running. I actually ended up with some knee problems a few years ago after running a half marathon. But I've given my knees a break. I've run a mile or two occasionally and that's about it. But with a new 5K goal in mind, I think I'm ready to get back to it!
So, I've got just over 9 weeks to train! And I'm basically starting from scratch. So, I needed some help! I talked with Andrea Cespedes with the YMCA who specializes in training for runs. She offered me some tips to get started. So, now we can all train together!
If you've never run before, Andrea recommends working up to a constant walk for 45 minutes at a pace of 3.5-4mph. "Once you are comfortable there," she says, "start adding in running intervals. For an entirety of three miles - run 1 minute and walk 3 minutes. Each week or two increase your tun time by 30 seconds and shrink the walk time by 30 seconds."
And you don't have to do it every day. "Aim to run just 2 to 3 times per week," says Andrea. "When you can run for 30 minutes straight, then you can work on honing your time and performance."
She also recommends getting good shoes. That's definitely first on my to-do list. In a previous blog, Andrea even recommended getting my gait checked to make sure my form was good and my shoes were the right fit. So, I'll be making an appointment at Boulder Running Company over the next week.
Another tip Andrea offered for those of us starting to run... she says we need to pay attention to any pain, especially in your shins. "Even if your heart/lungs feel good running, your legs and body are not accustomed to the movement -- and doing too much too soon can cause shin splints, plantar problems and sore hamstrings."
Ew. Can't think of anything more toxic to my 5K training than shin splints! (or knee pain) So I'll be taking my training slow and steady. I don't plan on winning. I just want to finish.
But you should definitely be part of this race! Again, it's Saturday, May 21st at the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo. There's a 5K and a 10K, where we'll run to the Will Rogers Shrine. The 10K begins at 7:15 that morning. The 5K begins at 8:15am. Registration is already happening. It's $30 for adults between now and Wednesday, May 18th. That registration fee gives you access to the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, a race Tshirt and post-event food. There are other prices for kids, seniors and zoo members. Check it out, along with FAQs and regulations at
It's gonna be tough! But we can do it!
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