Co-Chair Patrick W. Moore
To Be Back In Action
Ghent Business Associations 6th Annual Heart
Of Ghent 10K Fun Run
And Walk To Be Held Saturday, September 23
By Patrick W. Moore
Heart of Ghent Co-Chair
Wow! Another year has passed and here we are again
talking about the Heart of Ghent 10K Fun Run and
This will be the 6th year that I have been Co-
chair of the race with my fellow GBA member, Jim
O'Brien, and I can't tell you how fast the time
flies. Well actually, I think I can!
Last year at this same time, while training for
the race, I was having back problems and went to
see a local neuro surgeon to see if he could help.
Well, the short story is, he couldn't. But in having
the MRI completed and radiologist reading, they
discovered what is commonly known as a triple AAA.
Try saying this real fast-- "abdominal, aortic
aneurism" several times in a row. It's difficult.
Imagine hearing it and it applies to you.
After having multiple measuring scans completed
over the course of several weeks, it was determined
that the growth of the aneurism required surgery
and on September 10th, two weeks prior to the race,
I entered Sentara Heart Hospital to have the issue
corrected. I had no symptoms, or pains that I associated
with anything other than normal wear and tear on
this aging body. Because of my health team which
includes me, my wife Liz, Mark Skees, Gordy Stokes
and Dave Waters, along with my insurance carrier
and the Sentara organization, I am here and well
I couldn't compete in the race last year and thought,
for a fleeting moment I might never do anything
of the kind again. Back to how time flies. Here
we are a year later and I intend to place in my
age group on September 23, 2017. I will be walking!
Hopefully I will be joined by about a thousand or
more other competitors with their own personal goals
of time, accomplishment or both.
Since inception, the race has been advertised as
an opportunity for a person to improve both lifestyle
and physical ability. Whether you walk, jog, run
or wheel through a race, hopefully the choice is
yours and you have the ability to do it! Exercise
of this type is proven to improve one's health for
so many issues. Those of us that have experienced
a medical challenge appreciate the healing nature
of exercise both physically and mentally. The rewards
are extensive and measurable.
Some of our sponsors (Running Etc, Fit 36, MettleEvents)
have gotten together a team of experts for training,
not only for this foot race, but for life. They
meet at Running Etc on Tuesdays for formal presentation
and follow up with Q & A, direct one on one
instruction to develop a training schedule, and
proper style and use of equipment (shoes).
If you've never run before or you've had a long
break from running, it can feel intimidating to
get out there and hit the pavement. But if you get
familiar with some basic information about running
and follow a beginner's schedule, youll be
well on your way to starting a new running habit.
Come meet our fitness professionals who can answer
all your questions from start to finish.
Running Etc. - RUNNING IS OUR PASSION. ITS
WHAT WE DO BEST and we are very good at what we
do. We strive to carry the most technically innovative
running shoes, apparel, and accessories available
in today's marketplace. Running Etc. is the store
to visit for all your running needs.
If you are looking for guidance to find the perfect
running shoe to make your feet happy, we offer video/treadmill
gait analysis and a comprehensive selection of footwear
models, sizes and widths. We have more running apparel
than anyone in the region could want or need.
Mark Carrier, Fitness Together- 1 Client. 1 Trainer.
1 Goal.® and Fit 360 ELEVATE YOUR FITNESS. CHANGE
THE GAME. Change the game and step up your fitness
at FIT36®. If youre ready to work harder
and smarter in just 36 minutes, we have the workout
youve been craving. Interval training that
changes and challenges, all under the professional
guidance of our certified trainers.
Mat Littleton, Head Men's Cross Country Coach, Head
Men's Track & Field Coach, Virginia Wesleyan
College -- Why pay hundreds of dollars for someone
to print off a generic training program for you
from a book or magazine when we can customize based
specically on your goals and experience? Dont
settle for being classifed as a beginner,
intermediate or advanced.
Come learn how to design your own unique training
program and leave the clinic with a completed, customized
training program just for you from two college coaches.
You will also learn about proper running nutrition,
as well as how to fit in cross training, strength
training and core work into your program.
The day will feature a fit, festive, charitable
family oriented run/walk through the historic and
scenic Ghent neighborhood. With its unique blend
of fine restaurants, boutiques, cafes, shopping,
professional services, and quiet residential neighborhoods,
Norfolk's Historic Ghent is an ideal location for
this great event returning for its 6th year. This
event is a "don't miss" race on the regional
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