Running for relaxation, self-esteem

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Class helps people prepare for 5K race

One won’t see much in the ways of stopwatches, sprinting or heavy breathing in the Student Wellness and Recreation Center’s newest running course.

The Finish Line class is all about taking it slow and steady.

The goal of the class, which is strictly for beginners, is to finish a 5K run by the end of its eight week duration, said instructors Jamie Kelly, speech language pathology major, and Tracey Colecchi, a school counseling graduate student.

The workout will gradually build upon itself according to each participant’s own personal fitness level, Colecchi said. The typical member of this class will begin by walking for one minute and running for one minute.

“It’s not about winning the race, it’s about finishing the race,” she said.

According to “The Runner’s Guide,” an online resource for runners, some of the benefits of running may include weight loss, improved cardiovascular health, improved bone health, improved mood and better coordination.

Colecchi said she found a deeper connection with running.

After taking care of her kids and dedicating time to her marriage, Colecchi forgot about herself. Running gave her the self-esteem to realize her potential, she said.

“Now it’s about being me and seeing what I can do – the difference I can make,” Colecchi said. “This is why I want to give back to this program, because running has done so much for me.”

Colecchi said it is never too late to begin the class.

The class meets Monday and Thursday from 8 to 8:40 a.m. and Monday and Wednesday from 7 to 7:40 p.m.

Contact student wellness and recreation reporter Laura Rushnok at [email protected].