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There’s plenty of time to train

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By Mark Brockman

Ready! OK!  That’s what my wife always said when she was a cheerleader when her team was about to start a cheer.  So, I’ll say it  – Ready! OK! Why? Because I’m cheering for you to get up and get going for the Oldham County Grand Slam. The Grand Slam is Oldham County’s own four race series of 5K events. You can run, or you can walk. Bring your whole family and enjoy each of the four events knowing that you’re doing something great for your family’s health. Your entry fees will help some very worthy organizations; in addition, you get some awesome t-shirts so you can brag about completing the Grand Slam. You say, you’re not ready to go 5K (3.1 miles) in May? I say, you can do it!  The four events are the Roman Road 5K at Crestwood Baptist Church on May 30; the Oldham County Festival 5K presented by the O.C. YMCA in La Grange on July 17; the Fastline FunRaising 5K in Buckner on Aug. 8 and the Apple Patch Scenic Road 5K in Brownsboro on Sept. 12. For information go to www.OCGrandSlam.com. The key here is not to overdo it. Maybe a few years ago you were running in races, or you were in the kind of shape that you wouldn’t have thought twice about taking on a three mile challenge. Don’t let the prospects of walking the whole distance or maybe combining a run/walk strategy to cross the finish line keep you from entering. You want the experience of training for each event to be fun and positive. Bite off a little at a time, The progress you’ll see is what will motivate you to keep training.   Go ahead and register for the Grand Slam and pay your fee. That will put the carrot out in front of you that you need to stay at it. Then, get up, and start going. I see too many people try to go like they did when they were a kid right off the bat. Not a good idea. Take it in small chunks and do it at your own speed.  When you cross the finish line at each event, you’ll feel like a winner. You will have won the battle with yourself. You’ll be able to say, “Hey self, look what we just did!” And your self will have an amazing smile on your face. Ready! OK! You can do it!   The views expressed in this column are those of the writer.