Tradewinds Student's 2nd Training Run

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At the end of our 2nd week of training, spirits are extremely high with everyone on our Boilermaker team.

This past week, the team took advantage of the beautiful weather and got outside for our second training run of the season. The sun was shining, our path was free of any snow or ice, and the temperature had climbed up around 50 degrees by the time of our run—a true heat wave for us in Central New York. Certainly, short-sleeve and running shorts weather is not yet upon us, but I hope that we are getting close to those types of conditions.

Our second run was an upgrade from our first, as we bumped our distance up to one half of a mile. Overall, the plan is to introduce greater distances gradually, with each increase of an extra quarter of a mile. As we progress, we will also be running multiple times per week instead of just once. For now though, our focus is getting these students to feel confident in themselves without being overwhelmed by too much running. My goal is to get them to learn to enjoy the feeling of running and so far, it seems to be working.

One of the most encouraging aspects of this project in its early stages has been the amount of excitement from students in the school who do not necessarily intend on running the Boilermaker 5K race. Aside from the 6 Boilermaker students, we have a number of students who are eager to participate in our training runs with us. Naturally, these students are welcome to run with us, and I have a feeling that some of them might just make it all the way to the Boilermaker.

Another extremely exciting aspect of this project has been the amount of staff members who have decided to join in training. Many of these staff are avid themselves, but others have never ran before! Those who are beginner runners have had many concerns about training but through encouragement, they have taken the leap! So far, the results have been nothing but positive, and I can’t wait to see what is in store for these Boilermaker first-timers.

Year in and year out, the Boilermaker unites our community. Whether you are a runner, volunteer, spectator, employee, entertainer, or involved in any other way, you become a part of something larger than life during the second weekend in July. Here at Tradewinds Education Center, we strive to give our students the opportunity to be a part of their community every day. In a couple of short weeks, I have already seen the sense of joy and accomplishment in our staff and students. Every day, these students walk in the door and ask “Mr. Ben are we running today?” My hope is that this kind of excitement sustains itself for the next few months, and that we can provide these students with an incredible experience on race day.

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