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Over 100 Turn Out for New Year’s Day 5K
January 2, 2013
From the Mountain Mail, by James Redmond:
Showing an increase in participants from previous years, Salida Recreation Department’s fourth annual New Year’s Day 5K Fun Run/Walk got more than 100 people out and moving in the new year.
Both the male and female first-place titles went to 15-year-old Salida athletes.
Taylor Stack, 15, finished the Fun Run first of all the participants with an official time of 18 minutes, 9 seconds.
Stack said he felt good about finishing first. “I am kind of out of shape though,” he said, explaining he had felt that way since the high school cross-country season ended. The Salida High School sophomore took second in state for the 3A Cross-Country Championship.
He had never participated in the Fun Run before but said he plans to do so again in the future.
Sydney Fesenmeyer, 15, finished first among the female participants with an official time of 22 minutes, 26 seconds.
Fesenmeyer said it was her first year participating in the Fun Run, although she had considered it in previous years but did not feel like getting up early enough on New Year’s Day to run. She added that she felt out of running shape after cross-country season, as she has been playing basketball.
A member of the state champion girls’ cross-country team, the Salida High School sophomore finished third in the state 3A Cross-Country Championship.
The event started in front of the Scout Hut in Riverside Park and followed the same course it has every year, to the Monarch Spur Trail to the intersection of Holman Avenue and Poncha Boulevard and back the same way to the Scout Hut, Kristy Falcon, Salida Rec special events coordinator, said.
The goal of the New Year’s Day 5K Fun Run/Walk “is to get people moving and start the new year,” Falcon said. It also serves as the start of the 2014 Fitness Challenge.
The Fitness Challenge helps people who want to start the year in a healthy way and allows them to learn about fitness options through several free and reduced-price classes, Falcon said.
For more information about the 2014 Fitness Challenge, visit salidarec.com/fitnesschallenge.
Welcome to the 2014 Fitness Challenge!
December 16, 2013
Did you know that willpower is a finite resource? That the more you tax your reserves, the less available it will be for future decision making?
One way to fight back when you are trying to set and keep goals or resolutions is to shrink them down to a tiny, minute size, a size so small that they may seem absolutely inconsequential.
An example: let’s say your goal is to exercise 30 minutes a day. When you think about changing your established routine to find those 30 minutes, let alone work up the willpower to get moving and break a sweat, that willpower reserve can get taxed heavily. But what if you break that goal down, and set as your daily goal to exercise just 5 minutes, or even 1 minute?
That’s an easy goal to manage. One minute? Walk up the block, or do a handful of sit-ups and pull-ups. Do it and feel good that you achieved your goal for the day.
And here’s where the magic can happen: you might feel so good getting your heart rate up, your blood pumping and your spirits lifting that you just keep doing it, for the sheer joy of exercising—not on willpower alone.
So when you are making you resolutions or health goals at the end of the holiday season (or the beginning, there’s no better time than now to start, right?), dream big but scale small.
Maybe you want to invite calmness and mindfulness into your life and set the goal of meditating 15 minutes a day. But you have never had a meditation practice before. So start with one measly minute. See where it takes you. Just sit still for one minute, notice your thoughts but do not give them any more importance than they deserve and breathe. Set a timer, or not. And then give your self permission to get up and continue about your day if you so choose.
Here at Salida Recreation, we want to support your health and fitness goals. During the months of January and February, we dedicate much of our programming to our annual Fitness Challenge. The idea behind the Challenge is to provide lots of free classes from around the community for you to try. We work with gyms, dance studios and other wellness providers to build a schedule of introductory classes. So set a goal of just showing up. See what Salida’s health community has to offer. Spend some will power getting to a class and then just let the good feelings take over.
The Fitness Challenge also includes the New Year’s Day 5K (a fun community event to celebrate the start of something new in 2014), prizes for people who log their participation, and for the first time, a kid’s fitness challenge.