LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - With East Texans busy schedules there are many reason to skip the gym and no exercising, however Lufkin resident Aby Goff tries to defy those excuses.
"There are so many benefits, I said when I started running, I was running when my son was 2," explains Goff. "It got me into shape and also gave me time to myself, emotionally, mentally. It gave me a better balance to my life, with work and kids."
Aside for these health benefits, Aby loves the other reward she gets from lacing up and hitting the track.
"I love to get the medals. Not only as a keepsake; it makes me feel appreciative that I can still run at my age," said Geoff. "The rewards give me confidence and I love to show it off and I love collecting them."
Before preparing for a race, you might want to avoid jumping right in, according to Dr. Bryan Davis.
"People that are just beginning to exercise, I think starting some kind of structured program, where they begin exercising at a very easy pace to begin with," said Dr. Davis.
The Nacogdoches family doctor suggested the structured program, The Couch-to-5K Running Plan. A running app that you can download on your smartphone.
"I think that's a great method for getting involved in exercise, cause it is a kind of a cookbook approach to working out to where it's spelled out exactly for the person exactly... what they are gonna do on day one," said Dr. Davis.
These guided programs starts participants at a less vigorous level of exercise, which can decrease the likelihood of overuse injuries.
When running, runners must always fuel up with two essential ingredients.
"I would recommend some form of a simple carbohydrate, such as a banana, a piece of toast with peanut butter and maybe some sliced almonds," said Dr. Davis.
Along with these simple carbohydrates, water is the other essential fuel a runner must take before and after their run.
"Making sure you have consumed some water, hopefully within 1-2 hours prior to exercising," Dr. Davis said.
One additional ingredient Abby depends on, is running for or with some, like her son, Peyton.
"It's fun we have little conversations. It goes by quicker," said Goff.
If you are looking to participate in a race here in the Pineywoods, Race For Success benefiting the Junior Achievement of Angelina County will be on Saturday, October 24th at 8 a.m. and will take place at Slack Elementary.
To register, go to www.raceforsuccesslufkin.com.
KTRE Summer intern Jaquara Anderson contributed to this story.