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The Lake Frances Triple P (Paddle, Peddle, Pace) Kayak Triathlon is only four months away! This new event will take place in Valier on June 13, and is sponsored by the Valier Area Development Corporation (VADC).

The VADC applied for and received a $5,000 grant from the Montana Office of Tourism & Business Development to help fund and promote this new event. 

The “Triple P” event includes kayaking (1.5 miles), biking (12 miles), and running (3 miles) legs.

Organizers are planning an evening kick-off and race packet pick-up with bike and kayak gear check on Friday evening, June 12. The triathlon will start at 6 a.m. (late registration) and conclude at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 13. 

A fundraising barbecue lunch sponsored by a local school organization will be available on Saturday for spectators and participants.

The VADC is planning for 100-150 competitors and their families to turn out for the Triple P Kayak Triathlon. Organizers expect 30 to 50 percent non-resident attendance from Alberta, Idaho, Washington and Wyoming. 

Carol Green is an avid runner and active member of the VADC and has plenty of tips to share with those who would like to get in shape to participate in the Triple P Kayak Triathlon.

Green, who became a runner at age 47, developed a guide for older runners interested in taking up the sport. It can be found on Amazon and is titled: Run at Any Age: A Beginner’s Guide for Adults.

Green is happy to share excerpts from her guide to help others get in shape for the Triple P!

Here is her first tip to help motivate you to get training:

“It’s Okay to Run.”

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So, you think you want to be a runner? Perhaps you are not sure. Perhaps you don’t know if you should be a runner. What if you are slow? What if you have poor running form? What if others, friends and strangers, think you are silly for trying? What if you have to take a walking break and somebody sees you? 

Well, all runners know this little secret. You are going to have to get over yourself! Before you get offended, please read on …

I was once a non-runner.

I became a runner at the tender age of 47. Runners run. That’s all there is to it. Non-runners who wish they were runners tend to come up with all kinds of excuses why they can’t, shouldn’t, or won’t run. I know. Before I began running I used every excuse not to run.

“I’m too old to start.” 

Yep, I said that.

“I don’t like to run.”  

I said that one a lot!

“It hurts to run.” 

Yes, it does.

And then there is this one: 

“I don’t want anybody to see me trying to run.” 

Well, for those of you who are hanging onto this excuse, I have some news for you. NOBODY is looking at a runner and thinking this …

“Boy, that runner sure does look stupid.”

Nor this …

“That runner shouldn’t be running. She’s too big, old, fat, short, weak …” Insert your own negative adjective if you like. Nobody is thinking any of those things.

In fact, those non-runners driving by in their cars with their car snacks by their side are most surely thinking something like this:

“I wish I were a runner. I wish I was strong enough, brave enough, in shape enough … to run.”

I know. I was once one of those non-runners. They are having thoughts more like this …

“Wow, I really should stop eating chips. I wonder how long she has been running? How far can she run? I should really get more exercise. Maybe someday I’ll run, too.”

The runners who happen to be in a car or stuck at their desk job while you are running are thinking …

“Look! There is a runner! Maybe we could be running buddies!”

“I’m jealous. I wish I was running right now.”

“Wow. I hope I can still run when I’m as old as that guy!”

“I am so proud of that runner out there getting in shape and taking care of her heart and lungs! Way to go, Runner!”

The hesitation to be caught running is natural. When I began running my running buddy and I would search for the most hidden routes we could find to avoid being seen. We didn’t want anyone to criticize our form or see how miserable we looked with red faces and sweat glistening all over, but I got over that. I have learned that if I admire other runners when I am not running, then surely others are not judging me while I am on the run. 

It doesn’t matter if you have great running form or a cute outfit. The car riders cannot tell how fast or slow you are moving and they don’t care. They only know that you are out there putting one foot in front of the other. They respect your efforts, especially if they are also a runner.

Try this:

Repeat in your mind the following words, “I am a runner. I am improving my health. I am strong. I can run.” 

Crush the negative thoughts and hesitancy by replacing them with positive affirmations and then get over yourself and just run!

(Watch for more tips in future issues.)

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For more information on this event or the VADC, visit: https://www.facebook.com/ValierAreaDevelopmentCorp/.

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