Get dirty for a good cause
The Dirty Girl Mud Run is coming to Oklahoma City on April 6.
Participants will make their way through an untimed obstacle course. Since they don't have to make their way through every obstacle — they can choose which ones to tackle — the run promises to be great fun for women of all ages and athletic levels.
Women will face obstacles such as the “Utopian Tubes” tunnel crawl and the “PMS (Pretty Muddy Stuff)” mud pit. It should be silly, fun and above all dirty. Participants are encouraged to form teams and adopt “crazy team uniforms,” according to a news release.
“A Dirty Girl Mud Run comes with excitement, laughter and camaraderie,” the release notes, “as well of lots of music, food and drinks. From start to finish, it's an unforgettable event and an incredible teambuilding experience.”
A portion of the proceeds benefit the National Breast Cancer Foundation. Last year, about $250,000 was given to the cancer foundation. This year, organizers hope to contribute $500,000.
Cancer survivors run for free.
Women and girls over age 14 are invited to participate. Register online today for $75 per person; registration is $85 from tomorrow through March 19 and $100 from March 20 to April 5. Go to www.godirtygirl.com.
The first wave of runners will head out at 8 a.m. The final wave will tackle the course at 4 p.m.
The location has not yet been announced. Continue to check online for more details.
Finding the right trainer
So you've finally decided to hire a personal trainer. Good for you.
You're beginning a relationship that should help you improve your health and fitness.
But choosing a trainer isn't easy.
You want to find the one best suited to your needs, one firm enough to keep you on target and empathic enough to help you overcome your mental and physical obstacles.
Life Fitness, a leading manufacturer of gym-quality exercise equipment, offers these tips for picking the right trainer.
• Do your research. You shouldn't choose a trainer simply because she's the first one you see when you walk into the gym. Seek referrals and make sure your potential trainers are certified by an NCAA-accredited organization. Meet with them. See if you have chemistry. Discuss motivational style, training techniques and price.
• Make it a two-way street. Communication is important. Discuss your goals, strengths and weaknesses. Be open about your lifestyle and schedule so your trainer can develop a plan you can actually use.
• Schedule a review. After the first month, evaluate your progress. Are you happy with how things are going? Are you comfortable? Do you find your trainer's advise helpful? Are you dreading each session? Do feel as if you can't ask questions? Analyze how things are going and talk about them with your trainer. Maybe you're a great match; maybe it's time to try someone new.
• Look in the mirror. Odds are, your trainer is in peak shape. But how about you? Do you look as if you're achieving your goals? If you aren't, is it your trainer's fault, or is it yours? Are internal issues keeping you from achieving success? Take a good look at yourself before abandoning your trainer.
Free event on heart health
The Oklahoma County OSU Cooperative Extension service is holding a free “Heart-Smart Living” workshop from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. on Feb. 28.
The event features instruction on maintaining a healthy heart, diet-modification, exercise requirements and symptom awareness and prevention.
Held in honor of American Heart Month, the workshop is sponsored by Oklahoma home and community education groups in Oklahoma County.
“Getting the right information about important subjects like heart disease and stroke awareness can be vital to a person's good health,” said LaDonna Dunlop, a registered dietian and director of the county extension service, in a news release.
“The more we know about heart disease and stroke, the more we can do to prevent it.”
Dunlop and Shaun Steen, a fitness physiologist with the Mercy Fitness Center, will teach the workshop.
Steen will include a hands-on session to help people “discover how easily a fitness regime can be adapted to any fitness level,” the release notes.
The workshop will be at the extension service, 930 N Portland. For more information, call 713-1125 or go to http://oces.okstate.edu/oklahoma.
COMPILED BY KEN RAYMOND, staff writer