Get in shape with EXCEL Distance Running course

Huntington, Ind.— Calling all adults who have the desire to get in shape and stay in shape! Dr. Paul Smith, professor of exercise science and physical education at Huntington College, will teach Training the Long Distance Runner, a fall Gateway course in the EXCEL Program for Adults at Huntington College.

Training the Long Distance Runner will allow the beginning distance runner to focus on all aspects of distance running. Training methods, nutrition, running technique and environmental considerations will be addressed in the course that runs on Mondays from September 16-October 7, from 6-10 p.m.

“This class will communicate what running can do for anyone,” said Smith. “The intent is to learn about running, how to make and reach your own goals, and how and when to be intense in your running.”

The course will explore the aspects of competitive running and running for weight control. Smith will teach the individual how to advance the running workout properly and the importance of knowing that an individual or athlete will not just come out and start running right away. He will explore the proper ways to progress into running and will administer one test to assess cardiovascular endurance through either a one-mile walk or a one and a half mile run.

“This is a class for people who want to become and stay healthy and would like to consider running as one of the means to do so,” said Kathleen O’Donnell, director of the EXCEL Program for Adults. “Under the dynamic leadership of Dr. Paul Smith, you’ll be well-equipped to get going, stay engaged and avoid injuries.”

Dr. Smith earned his B.S. in Biology from Wheaton College in 1976, his M.S. in Physical Education from Indiana University in 1979, and his and Ph.D. in Exercise Physiology from Indiana University in 1987. He taught for five years at other colleges before coming to Huntington College in 1987, and coached track and cross country at Wheaton College, Campbell University and Valparaiso University. Smith has published several articles in the area of exercise physiology and has presented papers on sports medicine at national conferences. He competed as a distance runner for 25 years and continues to enjoy running recreationally, with over 30 years of experience. Besides exercise physiology and running, baseball card collecting is one of his passions.

Registration deadline for Training the Distance Runner is September 11. For more information on the EXCEL Program, visit or contact by phone at (260) 359-4162 or by e-mail at

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