First 5K race a group endeavor
The running group that formed at Creative Fitness for Women in Londonderry is ready for the start of last month's 5K for Future Farmers of America at J & F Farms in Derry. (APRIL GUILMET/Union Leader Correspondent)
Vetri, who ran her first 5K race in Derry this spring after participating in an intensive, eight-week group training program, said she'd always considered running as a great form of exercise but didn't necessarily consider herself a runner.
While Vetri said she'd once run a 5-kilometer road race during her younger days, becoming a runner once again is easier said than done.
Working closely with personal trainer Jennifer Aube of Creative Fitness for Women, the women in the group each had different reasons for participating in the program, which culminated with the May 18 running of the "5K for FFA" cross-country race, an event to benefit the New Hampshire chapter of Future Farmers of America at J & F Farms in Derry.
"The main goal was for everyone to finish," Aube said of the race that capped the program. "Most of these women are pretty new to running, and a few of them were first-timers.
"Things are a bit different now," she laughed.
"I don't run well at all, but I'd always wanted to try," the Derry resident said, adjusting a digital pedometer strapped to her upper arm. "These past few weeks, I've really surprised myself."
"I hate coming here, and I hate running," she laughed. "But I feel so good afterwards. I want to learn to love it."
"Just give it time," Aube advised her.
"For a lot of people, it would be tough to do this all on their own," Aube said.
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