Freihofer’s Training Challenge
For 10 weeks starting March 18, give your motivation a boost, improve your performance and make some new friends by joining one of three teams scheduled around a 6am, 1p or 6:30p training timeslot.
As a team member, you’ll join your team leader in a fun training program (complete with certified coach/trainer) based around the Couch to 5k Training Program. Through that popular fitness program, you’ll be trained to first walk, then jog and finally run the event’s 3.1 miles (intermediate program participants will have a more advanced workout). Toward that end, you’ll (1) spend one day a week training with your team leader at The Crossings of Colonie (see training times below), (2) another working out at a time that works best for you, and then (3) gather with your fellow participants for a group session led by our certified coach/trainer at 8 a.m. Saturday mornings at Colonie Mohawk River Park.
How to Register
You can sign up for the Training Challenge when you register online for the Freihofer's Run 5k. Online registration through the 5k registration is the only method of registering for this program. The cost of the program is $25. If you are already registered for the 5K but want to join the program, e-mail email@example.com.
Don't forget to join us on our Freihofer's Training Challenge Facebook page!
If you have any questions, please call the Freihofer's Run for Women office at (518) 273-5552.
Maps & Locations
Crossings of Colonie Park Map. Click to enlarge/print
Colonie Mohawk River Park. Click to enlarge/print
Google Maps directions
Training Session Times and Team Leaders
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6:00 a.m. Session |
Join us bright and early for a great session that will set the tone for the rest of your day! Jennnifer Gish leads the way!
Team Leader: Jennifer Gish
Training group meets at The Crossings of Colonie Mondays 6-7 a.m.
Jennifer Gish is in her third year of the Freihofer's Run for Women Training Challenge, and she's found it to be one of the most rewarding things she's done in her career
For two years, she's crossed the finish line in June with hundreds of new runners -- who were just like her only a couple years ago when she safety-pinned on a running bib for the first time. And she's watched women be transformed and empowered by proving to themselves they could keep their running shoes churning for 3.1 miles. Even Jennifer still gets a flash of pride when her 4-year-old twins are riding along in the car, see someone running, and say, "They're running just like Mommy!"
Join her early group Mondays for a workout that will change body and mind. What started as an adventure for many women, including Jennifer, has become a lifestyle. You just have to be brave enough to try.
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1 p.m. Session |
For those who are able to workout during lunch, this is a great way to break up your day. We have a great group of people led by the talented Kelly Lynch!
Training group meets at The Crossings of Colonie Mondays 1-2 p.m.
I just turned 40. I know they say 40 is the new 30, but I’m not buying it.
A few years ago, as that number loomed ahead of me, I started to think of things I wanted to accomplish. Despite years of gymnastics training, I had never been able to run. I had tried to become a runner and failed many, many times.
At 37, I stumbled across a couch to 5K program and gave it a shot. I figured I could run for one minute, right? Then one minute became two, then three.... and finally, I ran a 5K.
I shocked myself. The feeling I had as I came down Madison Avenue and crossed the finish line of the Freihofer’s Run for Women, and looked up to see my husband and kids cheering for me ranks up there as one of those moments I will never forget.
It's a feeling I want others to experience as well. There is something about this event that makes all the hard work worthwhile. Thousands of women with the same goal: to finish the race the best they can. From the start up Madison in the giant pack of women, to the turn into Washington Park with a band playing on the corner, to the signs and cheers from friends and family along the route, to that moment when you step across the finish line... from the very first elite runner to the very last walker, the support is unbelievable.
I have two kids — 6 and 8, and a job that has me up at 3:30 a.m. every morning. But I am determined to make running a part of my life. And believe me, if this sleep-deprived, carb eating, red wine drinking, mom of two can do it? You can do it, too. Please join me, bring a friend (or two), have some fun, and show that you don't have to be a "runner" to take part in the Freihofer's Run for Women.
6:30 p.m. Session
Training group meets at The Crossings of Colonie Mondays 6:30p-7:30p. The 6:30p workout will be led this year by our experienced coaches and trainers. Join us for a fun evening workout that'll have you in great spirits just as the sun is going down!
Meet Your Coaches
| Kristen Hislop |
Kristen Hislop is a USAT certified triathlon coach, AFAA certified personal trainer and Mad Dogg Athletics and Spinning certified instructor. She started swimming and sailing competitively at age 8. She continued to swim throughout college. She sailed on Long Island Sound through high school bringing home hardware from many regattas, honing phenomenal mental skills, then coaching in the summer during college. In high school she picked up track, running for 2 years in college and continuing with road races post college. In Colorado in 1991 she added biking and started triathlons.
After many years of racing successfully and working in the business world, she moved into coaching. She coaches individuals wishing to achieve new goals in running and triathlons. As a coach for the TEAM in Training triathlon team for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society she has worked with many athletes over the past four seasons. She also coaches at the Southern Saratoga YMCA and is the team leader of the Albany LUNA Chix Triathlon Team.
You can follow Kristen's running blog here.
| Patrick Lynskey |
Patrick Lynskey is an avid, "competitive" age group runner and veteran of 2 ultra-marathons including The Comrades Marathon in South Africa, nine Marathons including the Boston Marathon, several half marathons and more 5k, 10k and 15ks than he can count. Patrick has been an assistant Cross Country coach at the college level and is an NASM (National Academy of Sports Medicine) certified personal trainer.
Patrick believes in functional training, with an emphasis on core strength and flexibility as a basis for good running form and injury prevention. Getting to the start line in good shape and healthy is the first step in getting to the finish line.
Patrick really enjoys helping runners, athletes and non-athletes of all levels become better. He looks forward to helping Kristen Hislop in this new Freihofer's Run for Women program.
Meet Your Injury-Prevention Specialist
| Dr. Tim Maggs, DC |
Dr. Tim Maggs, DC (Doctor of Chiropractic) is a specialist in Sports Biomechanics and has been a Sports Chiropractor for 35 years. He is a national lecturer on fitness and conditioning, worked in the New York Giants (professional football) strength department, was the founder and director of the Team Stick Kenyan Running Program, gives 25 seminars a year to doctors on the importance of structural biomechanics, and has completed 16 marathons.
Dr. Maggs developed the: Structural Management® Program, Structural Fingerprint® Exam, and the Maggs Muscle Management™ Program.
As The Running Dr., Dr. Maggs has contributed to: New England Runner, Florida Running & Triathlon, Chiropractic Economics, Chiropractic Products, Pace Setter and American Chiropractor magazines; and a frequent contributor to many other running publications.
Dr. Maggs or Dr. Bob Irwin will be on site during the Saturday sessions to consult with our Training Challenge participants about biomechanics, good "pain" vs. bad pain while training, the importance of stretching and any other questions you might have regarding injury issues.
Dr. Maggs will tell all runners his 3 step recommendation if eliminating injuries is your goal:
> Get fitted for custom orthotics
> Get a Structural Fingerprint® Exam (full biomechanical exam)
> Get The Stick and apply it daily, before and after you run
Contact Dr. Maggs with any questions at runningDR@aol.com
Learn about our free Seminars.
Meet Your Nutritionist
| Christine Cooley, MS FNP-C |
Chris Cooley is a certified family and gastroenterology nurse practitioner with over 15 years committed to health and wellness promotion providing medical management for patients experiencing acute and chronic illnesses. Treatment has included a range of topics from weight management, nutrition, IBS, colitis, Crohn's disease, celiac sprue, heartburn, ulcers as well as primary care. She integrates traditional medicine with alternative treatments with great appreciation for herbal therapies as well as a simplified diet to achieve balance of mind, body and spirit. She is a professional speaker promoting preventative therapies as well as use of safe products.
Chris has been a recreational runner since high school cross country/indoor & outdoor track at Catholic Central HS. She has recently been in PT for a hamstring strain with hopes of recovery to participate in the 10 week training program and improved time at the 5K race! She is excited to be available to the training team Saturday morning before and after the run to answer any health related questions.
Injury Prevention & Nutrition Seminars with Dr. Tim Maggs & Chris Cooley
Join us for one of four free injury preventions talks on current best practice for injury prevention in starting an exercise program. Talks will show you best ways to avoid and care for all types of running injuries. Remember when it comes to a running injury your body doesn’t care what you think it only cares what you do about it. This program is part of the Freihofer’s Training Challenge Program.
Date Time Place
3/21/13 6pm-7pm The Record’s Media Lab
4/4/13 6pm-7pm Albany Marriott, 189 Wolf Rd, Albany
4/11/13 6pm-7pm Fleet Feet Sports, 155 Wolf Rd, Albany
4/25/13 6pm-7pm Albany Marriott, 189 Wolf Rd, Albany
Nutrition for Runners
Join Chris Cooley Thursday, April 18, for a Nutrition Seminar for Runners! Exercise takes a lot out of you, so it's important to pay attention to how you're fueling your body to get the most out of your effort and avoid injuries.
Join us at the Albany Marriott, 189 Wolf Rd from 6 to 7 p.m. for a nutritional seminar that will help new and seasoned runners learn how to best take care of themselves.
Chris Cooley, a certified family nurse practitioner, will lead the seminar. Cooley has specialized in gastroenterology and hepatology for the past 16 years with a focus on digestive health, nutrition and exercise, weight reduction, detoxification and optimal health and wellness.
Thursday's seminar will focus on the basics for optimal energy and dietary intake for before and after working out, and improved nutritional choices based on the latest research to improve health and prevent illness and disease.
For more information e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 518-273-5552.
Q. What's the difference between the Full Training Challenge and Virtual Training Challenge?
A. The Full Freihofer's Training Challenge is a paid program that involves coaching and group training workouts. You can sign up when you register for the Freihofer's Run 5K or by e-mailing email@example.com. The Virtual Training Challenge is the e-mail aspect where participants receive e-mails that include the day's workouts. The Virtual Program is free to anyone. All Full Freihofer's Training Challenge participants automatically get signed up for these e-mails. All other can sign up here.
Q. I'm not receiving the e-mails. What do I do?
A. If you signed up and haven't seen any e-mails, please check your Spam folder and make sure that "firstname.lastname@example.org" has been added to your Address Book or sign up for the Virtual Program with another e-mail address. Otherwise, please e-mail "email@example.com” with details and we will try to help.
Q. Where do Full Freihofer's Training Challenge participants meet?
A. Group workouts are held at the Crossings of Colonie Mondays (6a, 1p and 6:30p) and at Colonie Mohawk River Park Saturdays at 8 a.m. Here is the map for Colonie Mohawk River Park. The address for Colonie Mohawk River Park is 71 Schermerhorn Road Cohoes, NY 12047. Click here for directions. Google Maps driving directions here.