Are you ready to lace up your running shoes and hit the track? Join Olympic Gold Medalist LaShinda Demus and a team of accomplished local coaches and athletes for a free “Sofa to Screenland 5K” training program. The community-focused activity aims to support beginning and seasoned runners as they prepare for the Screenland 5K.
No registration is required for the complimentary one-hour workout, Sun., Dec. 3, 3:00 pm, at Culver City High School track (off Harter Ave). Additional free sessions are scheduled for Dec. 17, Jan. 7, 14, 28, and Feb. 11, 25.
“Wear comfortable training clothes, good running shoes, and stay hydrated,” said Demus, a two-time Olympian and world champion hurdler.
“The program will work backward from race day on March 10. Everyone will have achievable goals to hit for each timeline or workout,” said Demus, who co-coaches the Culver City High School track team.
Sessions will cover stretching, warm-ups, goal setting, light running, jogging, and warm downs, said session coach David Winslow, a legacy Screenland 5K runner who has completed 38 marathons, and recently won his age group in the Santa Rosa and Fresno marathons.
Personal trainer Craig Schoenbaum plans to divide Culver High track lanes into individual ability levels to assist both walkers and runners in enhancing their strength, flexibility, and endurance.
“For every workout we do, I’ll explain the benefits, and discuss why we have rest breaks. This helps walkers and runners buy-in through the whole training process. We’ll do similar workouts at progressively higher levels.” said Demus.
“Progression will be gradual for some, which is perfectly acceptable,” said Schoenbaum.
The coaches stress the importance of continued workouts between sessions and even after the race.
“We want these sessions to lead to success for everyone,” said Winslow, encouraging a community spirit in fitness. Schoenbaum, Winslow and other session coaches have participated in the Culver City Sister City marathon exchange program with Kaizuka City, Japan.
Training sessions are presented by Midwest Roofing. Enter code Train20 for 20% off race entry at www.Screenland5K.com for a limited time only.