Operation Boot Camp Helps Atlantans Train for Peachtree Road Race

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With two weeks to go before the annual Peachtree Road Race, Operation Boot Camp is helping Atlanta runners and walkers prepare for the big race.

With two weeks to go before the annual Peachtree Road Race, Operation Boot Camp is helping Atlanta runners and walkers prepare for the big race.

"Operation Boot Camp has helped hundreds of Atlantans train and complete their first 5k, 10k, half and full marathon. We also work with campers to improve their personal bests for races," said Lauren Lorenzo, vice president of training and development Operation Boot Camp North America. "Successfully completing a 10K is a great accomplishment but takes the right combination of physical training, mental preparation and nutrition. At Operation Bootcamp we pride ourselves on having helped hundreds of our campers successfully reach this fitness goal."

Following are Operation Boot Camp's tips for a successful Peachtree Road Race this July 4th.

Physical Training

  •          Break the Routine: Get into a routine for runs, then break it. Working in intervals and/or changing the routine keeps runners and walkers fresh for the race. Incorporate sprints, strength stops, bands, balls, jump ropes and weights into workouts.
  •          Run for Time: Once per week run a specified distance for time. See how fast you can run two miles and then the next week, try to beat your time.
  •          Stretch it Out: Get into a habit of stretching after every run. Find a good stretch, yoga or pilates class that can keep you dedicated to your flexibly. Flexibility allows our muscles to respond to the stress we put on them.

Nutrition

  •          Hydrate: With the summer heat coming and the humidity right behind it, get into the habit of drinking plenty of fluids - water, sports drinks, juices, as well as eat your fruits and veggies. This will help to make sure your electrolyte balance is optimal. When you exercise in intense heat a humidity pre-hydration, in-event hydration and rehydration are key to optimal runs. Water alone will not hydrate you.
  •          Snack Smart: Eat a small snack of mainly carbohydrates 30-60 minutes prior to your run. Try to stay away from too much protein prior to your run, it will only slow you down.
  •          Skip the Java: Coffee before you run may not be the best idea unless you want to stop at a port-a-potty along the route.

Mental

  •          Preparation is key. Be at peace with knowing that you dedicated the time and energy you needed to based on your time constraints. Be realistic in that if you only trained once per week you most likely will not be the 2nd place finisher.
  •          Find a Groove: When your workouts get tough allowing yourself to back off a little so you can finish strong. You cannot go 100mph the whole time, settle your nerves and find a pace that works and then know how to turn it up and down without stopping. This is all a part of training.
  •          Dress for Success: Get some fun new workout clothes. Make sure you have gotten fitted for good running shoes that work for your foot and body type. Try to stay away from high heels, clogs and flops if you can. Most of the time injuries are not precipitated by our running shoes, but are usually caused by the lack of support in the shoes we wear all day. Be good to your feet.

Operation Boot Camp, voted "Best Boot Camp" by Jezebel Magazine, is a unique 30 day fitness program that improves people's lives by: increasing their fitness, building their confidence and fostering healthy eating habits; all while having fun. The largest program of its kind, this boot camp program has helped thousands of Atlantans get in the best shape of their life. Operation Boot Camp has sessions at over 25 locations throughout metro Atlanta and welcomes all fitness levels.
For a list of upcoming road races in the metro-Atlanta area visit the Atlanta Track Club calendar at http://www.atlantatrackclub.org/. Whether you are a born runner or someone who has never ran before, road race finishes can be achieved by anyone who is willing to put in the effort.

About Operation Boot Camp
Since 2000, Operation Boot Camp has been helping thousands get in the shape and adopt a healthy lifestyle. Voted "Best Boot Camp in Atlanta" by Atlanta Sports & Fitness Magazine and Jezebel Magazine this intense 30-day program delivers quick "boot camp" results for people of all fitness levels. The instructor team is focused on helping build positive attitudes break through mental barriers and create new healthy habits. For more information visit http://www.operationbootcamp.com

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