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Hope you all had fun at your first set of time trials last Sunday! Here's to more running awesomeness tomorrow evening...
 
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We hope everyone enjoyed our first set of time trials! We saw lots of motivated runners out there and appreciated all the cheering by participants and parents, too! Our main goal for conducting time trials is to help promote our participants' confidence and self esteem…as long as we ensure that they focus not on beating others, but on giving their very best effort. Make sure to remind them of the great job they did during their time trial and ask them how they felt during their run. We’ve had some participants give detailed feedback and some are just plain glad they’re done! Don't worry if you missed last Sunday's time trials - we will have our 2nd set of time trials on August 18th.

 
Our 2nd Annual "YIM Kids Fun Run & Party" will be held on our last session date: August 25th at 9:30am! More details on this super fun event will be in our next newsletter! Just a heads up - we'll need a whole lot of volunteers to carry this off; so we will be sending out a link in our next newsletter and on our Facebook page to our YIM Kids Fun Run & Party Volunteer Sign Up.
 
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PLYOMETRICS! This is just a fancy name for what amounts to jumping rope, single leg/double leg hopping, skipping, side skipping, jumping jacks, high knees, and butt kicks. These are all examples of little ways you can improve your running! That’s why we like to include these activities during YIM and they’re a natural part of most movements. Plyometrics are exercises that link strength and speed of movement to help build your running power and speed. They may also help decrease the risk of sports-related injuries by strengthening the little muscles in your legs and feet. Want to do some more plyometrics at home with your kids? Check out this video: http://www.livestrong.com/video/3397-do-plyometrics-kids/

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Smoothies are a nice, cool treat after a run. Go ahead and make some with your parents after YIM! Here are some recipes (below) to get you started.
For more great recipes, visit: http://www.cdc.gov/bam/nutrition/cool-treats.html

Strawberry Banana Cooler

In a blender, combine all ingredients and blend until smooth. Makes about 4 servings.
Ingredients:
2 cups unsweetened orange juice
1/2 cup whole frozen strawberries
1 banana, sliced
4 ice cubes

Orange Banana Crush

In a blender, combine all ingredients and blend until smooth. Makes about 3 servings.
Ingredients:
1 orange, peeled, cut into chunks
1 medium banana, peeled, cut into chunks
1 can (6 ounces) unsweetened pineapple juice
1 cup crushed ice
1 tablespoon honey

Pineapple Fizz

In a blender, combine all ingredients and blend until smooth.
Ingredients:
1 1/2 cups pineapple juice
2 large scoops pineapple sherbet
1/2 cup sparkling water

Orange Julius

In a blender, combine all ingredients and blend for about a minute or until ice cubes are crushed.
Ingredients:
1/4 cup sugar
6 ounces orange juice—frozen concentrated
1 cup low-fat milk
1 cup water
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
10 ice cubes

Banana Nut Smoothie

Combine all ingredients, except nutmeg, in blender. Cover and run on high until smooth and well blended. Sprinkle with nutmeg. Makes 4 (1 cup) servings.
Ingredients:
2 ripe bananas
2 cups pineapple juice
2 tablespoons creamy peanut butter
2 teaspoons plain yogurt
1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
6 ice cubes
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Vanilla Fruit Smoothie

Blend everything until smooth. Makes 1 serving.
Ingredients:
1 cup frozen strawberries, bananas, or peaches
1/2 cup low-fat vanilla yogurt
1 tablespoon frozen apple juice concentrate

 

 
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