Wellness Champions: From couch to 5K? Cross country team offers tips on how to get started

A journey of a thousand miles – or even 3.15 miles – begins with the first step.

Be a champion! GRCC is helping students and employees focus on all areas of health and wellness as we emerge together from the pandemic.

Wellness is a full integration of physical, mental and spiritual health. That includes physical health, but so much more. During the next year we’re also looking at emotional, intellectual, social, spiritual, environmental and occupational health, and how we all can work to help ourselves and each other.

There are many resources at GRCC to help all of these types of wellness. Each week, we’ll introduce you to people and places here on campus ready to support you on your wellness journey.

 “One of the biggest hurdles that I have faced personally is to put too much emphasis on the number of miles I need to run,” said Audrey Meyering, a two-time All-American for GRCC. “It doesn’t matter how many miles you are putting in as long as you are just being consistent and are getting outside and exercising.”

“My advice for someone going from couch to 5k would be to take it one day at a time. Each day has highs and lows and you aren’t going to instantly be able to run a 5k from day 1. Create small tasks and goals from the start of your training until the date of your race. The training is tough but by race day you’ll be glad you did it.”

Allison Hoop, 3rd year-COVID-19 Sophomore, from Jackson, MI

“Uh, don’t start out trying to go too fast, it’s okay to go slower than you think you should be going. Don’t give up even if it seems terrible, just get yourself out the door or on the treadmill. That’s all I have right now, I might think of some more the more I think about it but that’s all I’ve got”

Rose Meyer, Freshman (Grandville HS)

“- don’t be alarmed if you don’t see instant results

– patience and consistency is key

– do it with someone to keep you  on task

– running with a buddy always makes a run better and goes by faster!”

Elizabeth (Liz) Meyering

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