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o-rah and Semper Fidelis from Semper Fitness. It's a New Year and a new millennium. I'm sure many of you have made those New Years resolutions and have pledged that you will get yourselves in shape. Well, here at Semper Fitness, we want to help you achieve that goal. In order to assist you in your quest for that physical satisfaction you crave, the series following this article will take you step by step in the process of getting started. We will start with the art of motivating yourself and discuss many aspects of the process, to include times to workout, foods to eat, and the best ways to balance your anaerobic and aerobic workouts. However, before we begin the series, I would like to start the new millennium by helping out a few of our readers that requested my help. Several readers e-mailed us and asked us to help them with running. Being the type of individual that disliked running in the beginning, I can understand their plight. So let's begin.
In the beginning, I couldn't stand running. Before recruit training, I had never run a day of long distance in my life. I was a true and bonifide sprinter. Obviously, when I went to Parris Island that first mile and a half was a rude awakening to me. Pretty soon, like many recruits, I was put through the rigors of running and left "the island" running a 21:38. Not the best in the world, however, not too shabby either. After recruit training and my initial school, my run time lapsed to around 23 minutes. I absolutely hated running. My physical fitness test (PFT) score started dropping. Being the type of Marine that hated people thinking I was weaker (like most of us), I decided to start doing some research on this running thing. I figured there had to be a better way to do this. What I found out during those next few years of research changed my life and allowed me to run a personal best of 18:20 on the run for my PFT. I found that I was doing everything wrong and I do mean everything. So I am going to share with you the results and techniques I learned. I still am not the fondest person of running, however, I am a better runner and that makes all the difference in the new "no kip, crunch" Marine Corps.
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Further, when you run keep your back straight and try running heel to toe. Some sources say breath through your nose, while others say take in as much oxygen as you can any way you can. I agree with the latter. If breathing through your mouth helps you get more oxygen into your lungs, by all means do so.
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These tips may not make your love running, however, they will make you a better runner and hopefully, that will make you like running a little more. That's the scoop this week from Semper Fitness. Join us the next couple of issues, where we'll tell you how to get started on your quest for physical fitness. Have a great year. Stay pumped, stay motivated and OO-RAH!