“The human foot is a masterpiece of engineering and a work of art”
– Leonardo da Vinci
Week 15: Gotta love the unity of the Cayman Community
We are now in crunch time with our preparations for this year’s Intertrust Cayman Marathon. The big event is just over a week away and for most of you this week will be another taper week with a focus on remaining healthy until December 4th. However, this isn’t the case for me as I gear up for my 100 mile run around the island this Saturday. The run will kick off at 6:30am on Saturday from Camana Bay (outside Books & Books) as part of the Cayman Islands Diabetes Association 5k fun and the remaining 97 miles will take us through most of the island, including the Dyke roads and the Mastic Trail (weather permitting). Please feel free to join us at any point along the way. An extreme run a week before a race is exactly what you shouldn’t do as part of your race preparation. This is one of those cases where you should do as I say and not as I do. I can tell you now that my performance the following week in the Intertrust Cayman Marathon will definitely suffer from this endeavour. I just hope my body will forgive me in time to fulfil my ambitious plans....
With the preparations for our run almost done I am happy to state the organizing of our event has reinforced one of my favourite aspects of the living on this island, which is the unity of the Cayman community. In the past when I’ve had visitors come to the island and their numbers exceeded the beds I had available in my abode my generous friends have come through and graciously assisted with our shortage and this event was no different with Lisa from the Villas of the Galleon generously donating accommodations for Gerry and Lisa. When our original plans for a support van for our run fell through Danny O’Hara from Prestige Motors/Economy Car Rental stepped forward and donated a vehicle for the entirety of the run. Adam Cockerill and IT Outsource made it possible for our project to communicate through social media with our amazing website. As part of our fundraising efforts the extremely kind Paul Njoka donated a flight for a raffle and Shelly Cox and Morgan Malewicz have all donated time and effort to our cause as well as my loving girl friend Lauren who has done more than I could ever ask. The list of friends who have supported me throughout could easily fill this entire article. In fact my attempt to inspire the community may have fallen on deaf ears if not for the Caymanian Compass providing me this forum each Thursday in their health section.
Here at A Crazy Idea we truly believe the importance of a balanced and healthy diet as well as regular exercise. Below we have created simple exercise regimes you can follow, either to get you up and active, or running schedules you can follow to get you fit in order to partake at any level in the Intertrust Cayman Islands Marathon on December 4, 2011.
Our exercise schedules come in three forms: Beginner walker, Beginner runner and Novice runner and will be updated each week.
Week 15: November 24 to November 30, 2011
Your health is of the utmost importance and not to be neglected. Even though moderate physical activity, such as brisk walking, is safe for most people, health experts suggest that you talk to your doctor before you start any exercise program.