KNOXVILLE (WATE) - It's week four of training for the Ready to Run group attempting their first 5K. Until now the group hung in there, but this week didn't go so well.
It's the 10th training session in four weeks with Levi Dodd. We did a Sunday run that went very well. We completed 25 minutes without stopping.
Another run was supposed to be 28 minutes, but most of us barely made 16 before we got shin splints and calf aches.
"This comes from having a long hard run and not stretching your calves enough afterwards," Dodd told me.
The group's frustration reminds us this is nothing compared to the reason we're running the 5K. We're doing Volunteer Ministry Center's 5K Race and Fun Walk to help the homeless get off the streets.
After more than a year without a home of his own, Matt Brindel now lives in a studio apartment at Minvilla Manor.
The manor was once the old Fifth Avenue motel and a haven for illicit business, but it became part of the 10-year plan to end chronic homelessness, was refurbished and now offers 33 one bedroom apartments and 24 efficiency apartments.
The supportive housing at the manor is operated by Volunteer Ministry Center.
Matt has two words for VMC. "Thank you." He worked hard to stop walking the streets.
Our group is working hard to run them and hoping for your support. Here's my donation page.