Welcome to #TrainingTuesday

In preparation for the 12th Annual Reebok Canton Road Race we (Amy Podeszek and Kate Kozak of the Triad Advertising Companies) will be documenting our journey. Follow and run along as we try different training, diet, and stretching techniques to prepare ourselves. But first, here’s a little background on our running experience. 

What does running mean to you?

Amy: Running? As in running to the kitchen to grab a snack on a commercial break? These days that’s the only kind of running I’m doing… However, I am looking forward to getting back out there.

Kate: I really like to exercise in a number of different ways, and everything I do means something different. To me, running is how I keep myself from getting too antsy! I run when it’s nice outside, when I’ve been on the couch too long, or when I want to explore a new area.


What is your experience with running?

A: My brother would convince me to do a race, and I would run in an effort to get in shape. I use the word run in a very loose sense though, because if I got too hot, or too tired, I would slow down. If I ran past something pretty, I would have no problem stopping to Instagram it. (This is the part where my brother and any serious runner would cringe and yell at me). I did manage to make it through a few runs. Notable races include, The Bourbon Chase 200 mile relay, Mighty Mosquito 99 mile relay, and the Boilermaker 15K. Since then I have hung up my running shoes, and my workouts consist of pinning ideas on Pinterest and not actually doing them.

K: Technically, I’ve been running since 8th grade running club. I did two seasons of high school spring track, but I was terrible—I tried every event from the 100m to the 2 mile. I kept at it with my friends’ encouragement, but had to “retire” junior year due to shin splints. I went to college in Washington, D.C., and started running again because it was a great way to see the monuments and national parks. At this point, I’ll go for a run every once in awhile when I’m feeling cooped up.


Why are you training for the Canton Road Race?

A: It’s been awhile since my last race. It’s time to lace up the sneakers and get back in shape, while supporting the Canton community. Plus, I told my boss I would run this and blog about it.

K: I’ve never actually done a road race, and it’s always been on my bucket list. And preparing for a race is a great way to bond with other people—I miss the camaraderie of sports from high school and college. My boyfriend agreed to train with me, and it’s been a really great way for us to spend time together and share a common goal.


So, why should I listen to you? 

A: You shouldn’t. I am in no way trained or certified to give you any advice. However, if you’re looking for some motivation and new ideas, I will share with you what I have found works and doesn’t work for me in an effort to inspire others to run. If I can do it, anyone can!

K:  This is my first time training for a road race, and it’s been almost five years since I’ve really been “in shape.” I encourage you to follow along with me if you’re a road race newbie or if you’re looking for someone who makes you look good!


Stay tuned next week for an update on our first week of training!

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