Spring into Health: Grace Cottage hosts training for annual 5k

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TOWNSHEND - Want to get started running, but not sure how to do it safely? The Grace Cottage "Couch to 5K" group is designed for you.

Grace Cottage Family Health and Hospital is hosting the "Spring Into Health 5K" in Townshend on Saturday, May 13. Grace Cottage Nurse Practitioner Jorda Daigneault will be leading a "Couch to 5K" (C25K) preparation-support group for eight weeks in March, April, and May.

The C25K group will meet Wednesdays at 5 p.m. in the Grace Cottage cafeteria, March 22 through May 10. Participation is free. The group will train together once a week, and they'll be encouraged to train on their own time two more days each week.

The C25K program follows a prescribed schedule to help potential runners get in shape, using an alternating pattern of walking and running. Each week the amount of time spent running increases, while the walking time decreases. Daigneault will teach the method and will answer questions in a supportive environment.

By the end of the eight weeks, participants should be able to run a 5K, but walking during the "Spring Into Health 5K" is also perfectly acceptable. Proceeds from the 5K benefit Grace Cottage.

Online registration for the 5K is available at www.gracecottage.org/events. For more information on the C25K group or the 5K itself, call 802-365-9109.


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