5K Training Series


New to Running? Join our runners group and run the Sharon Timlin 5K in June

Two years ago, I coached a group of over two dozen new runners to complete their first 5K.  The idea came after I wrote an article for baystateparent magazine called “You Are a Runner!”  I wrote the article to inspire women and men to consider running as a way to acheive their fitness goals. But I know from experience that it can be frustrating to get motivated by reading an article but then not know where to start. So we decided ..read more

5K Training Testimonials

5K Training Testimonials “Trish was simply amazing (and I do stress AMAZING)!!! She was full of spirit and encouragement and she kept me going week-to-week. She is one fabulous woman and as a VERY new runner, she filled me with determination to make it to the end. THANKS, TRISH! Would you be my coach for another race?!?! ;)” “I am so proud that I was being part of this wonderful experience. I’m thankful to Trish and Bay State Parent for providing me with this ..read more

Pre-Race and Race Day Tips

Pre-Race and Race Day Tips Week #8 It’s finally upon us – the week of the Sharon Timlin 5K race!  You may be feeling a number of emotions during this week, ranging from excitement to nervousness to uncertainty.  New runners have a lot of questions before their first race – what should I expect? What should I wear? What should I be eating this week? How much should I run? How do I plan for the weather? What if I’m not familiar with the course? This blog ..read more

Stretching and Strength Training

Stretching and Strength Training Week #7 Two important fitness components that you should begin to include along with your running are stretching and strength training. Below you’ll find some helpful information on both: Stretching Stretching helps you stay flexible and prevent injuries. Ideally, you should stretch for about 10 minutes before your run, and ten minutes after. If you only have time to stretch once, howwever, the best time to stretch is after your run, This is because your muscles have had a chance to warm up, and be ..read more

Setting Goals for Running Success

Setting Goals for Running Success Week #6 All of you are on the road to meeting a landmark goal: running a 5K. For most of you, it will be for the first time.  To have set this goal and stayed with the program thus far is quite an achievement, one that many people never try to undertake. Some of you have secondary goals: perhaps to lose weight, to get in better shape, or to do something for yourself in the midst of the demands of parenthood. The ..read more

Running Hills

Running Hills Week #5 The world is not flat. Neither is the terrain outside your door. Unless you live in Florida, you are likely going to being running on roads that dip, bend, rise and drop – sometimes all in the space of a quarter mile. In this blog post, we’ll be talking about the best, most efficient way to run hills – both up and down. First, let me tell you the good news: running hills can be as fun as they are ..read more

Fueling Your Body for Better Workouts

Fueling Your Body for Better Workouts Week #4 Food fuels your body for all its needs. If you are new to running and/or other exercise, you need to pay extra attention to the food you eat – and when you eat it.  Here’s why: If you are not getting enough calories to handle the extra energy required for running or any other strenuous exercise, you will tire quickly, feel lightheaded, and overtax your body. On the other hand, if you are consuming too many calories, you may feel ..read more

Get in Gear for Running

Get in Gear for Running Running is the perfect recession-proof sport.  Why? Because it doesn’t require membership fees, a large investment in equipment, or very much gear. Sure, you can spend a lot of money if you want to on everything from high-end performance shoes to GPS devices. But it won’t necessarily make you a better runner. Below you’ll find a quick overview what’s most important to wear – and how to select the right gear – to ensure comfortable, efficient running: Running Shoes Your running shoes are ..read more

Running Injury Free

Running Injury Free Week #2 Most (but not all) runners over the years have at one point in time had to deal with an injury. Typically, but not always, injuries stem from bad running form (poor biomechanics), trying to run too far, too fast (overtraining), or sometimes wearing a shoe that works against your unique biomechanics and stride. Hence, the first blog on proper running form. The right running form, combined with a gradual, slow buildup of miles and/or intensity will safeguard you from experiencing ..read more

Relax, you’re Running!

Relax, you're Running! Week #1 “I could never even run a mile, I don’t know how you do it.” “I can’t run, I have knee problems.” “I find running is so boring.” I’ve heard these comments – and many more – over the years any time I get into conversations about running. I don’t know why it is, but a lot of people who know I am an avid runner feel the need to tell me why they’re NOT. I don’t really ask them –it just comes ..read more