The Ready to Run group represents five generations:
Lori's daughter, Kelsey, a University of Tennessee student who has her black belt in karate and is into many sports with the exception of running.
Karol Harper is marketing director at Volunteer Ministry Center. She was an athlete in high school and college and now wants to work on endurance.
Kim Hansard, popular co-host on the "Marc, Kim and Frank Show" on Star 102.1 has always wanted to run, and has decided now is the time to do it.
Mary Beth Ramey is in charge of Development at VMC. She is excited about trying something new for a cause close to her heart.
Our trainer, Levi Dodd, is a former soccer player, soccer coach, runner and author of the book "Second Wind: The Running Coach You Never had but Always Needed."
Dodd, who has endured six knee surgeries, was told by doctors he would never run again. He set out to prove them wrong, and in doing so, found a way to help a wide variety of people learn to run.
It's all about interval training, Dodd said to a group of about 35 people who gather each week at World's Fair Park for 5K training with him.
"We're going to run 90 seconds, walk 90 seconds, then we're gonad run three minutes, walk three minutes," Dodd told the group.
Eventually, the group, which includes the Ready to Run women, will work up to 90 steps per foot per minute for the proper cadence to keep them going, according to Dodd.
The group learns to breathe correctly. "You don't want to breathe in the nose and out the mouth. It's in the mouth and out the mouth," Dodd cautioned.
He tells the group interval training helps build endurance, which everyone will need as they work to attain their goal of running the 5K.
Everyone is given a training guide and will work out individually twice a week, plus with a group and Dodd once a week.
I will provide updates on training each Thursday on 6 News at 5:30 through September 26.
VMC's 14th Annual 5K Race and Fun Walk starts at 9:00 September 24 at the World's Fair Park Festival Lawn.
Pledges will help VMC provide programs that prevent and end homelessness. Just think! A homeless person can be assisted into a new apartment and be helped to find a job. More than 374 people have already been helped in this way.
Over the long-term, according to VMC, 94% maintain their housing.
Pre-registration for the race is $20, and day-of-race registration at 7:00 a.m. is $25.
Awards will be given in every major category. There is also a kid's fun run at 9:15 am. Children age nine and under are invited to run through an inflatable obstacle course to win prizes.
Dogs on leashes and babies in strollers are welcome.