MARTINSBURG, W.VA. -- It is time to fall into running. Local races, such as Freedoms Run on Sept. 30 and the Apple Trample on Oct. 21, are coming up, and it is an excellent opportunity to do your first 5K or rejuvenate your exercise program.  

Running, jogging, or walking in a road race can breathe new life into your exercise program. If you are not currently exercising, a race may be just the thing to get you off the couch. Races are a way to connect with others with a similar goal. Getting together on race day with a few hundred others with the same collective goal -- to be healthy -- can be very invigorating. There is an excitement in the air. You can also get a group of your friends or family to participate together. There’s nothing like a good physical challenge to get everyone bonding.  

The Wellness Center at Berkeley Medical Center is offering a 0 to 5K Training Program to help you train for you first 5K. The training program will give you the opportunity to get in shape, gain cardiovascular endurance, improve your running or walking form, and/or improve your time so you are ready for your 5K.

The 0 to 5K is open to all ages and levels of runners or walkers. The program will focus on running/walking during each session with core and resistance work each week specifically designed to improve running and walking form and ability. Also, topics such as heart rate training, training plan, proper fueling, and injury prevention will be addressed each week. Walkers will follow the Arthritis Foundation’s Walk with Ease Program.

0 to 5K includes weekly coaching sessions, group runs, 8-week training plan, and instructions on running/walking form and training. 0 to 5K will be at War Memorial Park in Martinsburg each Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. from Aug. 30 through Oct. 18.

For more information or to register for 0 to 5K at War Memorial Park, call 304-264-1287, ext. 31814, or email ddejarnett@wvumedicine.org.  There is no fee for this program, which is being offered as a community service of WVU Medicine Berkeley Medical Center and The Wellness Center.

For more information: Teresa E. McCabe, WVU Medicine Eastern Panhandle Vice President of Marketing and Development, 3