“I said, ‘you know what? I’m going to run a marathon.’”
After two herniated disks from a wrestling injury, the personal trainer found himself using long-distance running as a way to cope with his injury while still staying active. The founder of Punkrope, a combination of fitness activities involving jump roping, he will be helping people train for the “Get to the Point 5K” in Greenpoint, which will take place on Oct. 14.
“Eight sessions are dedicated to preparing for the race and the ninth session is the race itself,” he said. His 9-week program, “Run Like a Beast 5k Training Program,” starts on Sunday, Aug. 18, and finishes with the actual race.
“Everyone will have their own schedule because we’re all at different levels,” Haft said, who stressed that as the program progressed, running times would get faster and longer.
Haft said safety was a big factor in determining whether people could participate in the training. “When people think of running, they think of 5K as a short distance,” he said. “It’s actually not a short distance.”
Haft stressed that anyone with orthopedic issues involving their knees, ankles or hips may have difficulty with the program. For others involved, any problems are usually due to a lack of motivation.
“Half-way in sometimes people might say they can’t do it,” Haft said. “If it’s because their brain won’t let them, then my job is here to help.”
Haft emphasized the importance of group participation in running to motivate others. “That’s the advantage of being in a group - to have your friends pulling you along,” he said.
Emma Martinez recently signed up for the training program after taking a class with Haft. A new runner, Martinez admitted “I need to have someone push me, and he always makes it a lot of fun.”
Haft said he is expecting to have 10 to 12 people sign up for the program with an admission of $100.
“I’m confident that everyone who starts will finish,” Haft said.
To find out more about registration, check online at http://punkrope.myshopify.com/products/5k