Why You Should Run A 5K and More Races
Believe it or not, it eventually becomes a fun thing that you will look forward to doing.
At the beginning of the year, I was a bit overweight and definitely out of shape. So, I set out to change it as 2018 was set out to be the year where I transformed myself. Nothing dramatic like how some people lose 100 pounds or become a millionaire with this one neat trick! Though my transformation has been significant to myself and it is a humble enough change that it shouldn’t scare too many people away.
One of my goals this year was to try some new endeavors like running a 5K. Well, I have run two in sponsored events and have even begun running them on my own for practice, and dare I say, fun. The first time it is not fun, but there is a thrill to doing something so fulfilling. Even if you find yourself walking through most of it. It is important to set your first PB or personal best so that you have a metric to try and beat. I made it a little over 2 miles in my first race before I began to walk, but I finished in about 31 minutes. The second time I raced, I finished just a little faster but managed to run the entire race without walking.
How can you do this if you are not a runner? Well everyone can be a runner if they have the motivation and the discipline. The first step is the easiest: look online and find a race to sign up for. Now you have a goal in mind that will help provide you the motivation to get in shape for this race. When you go to grab the bag of potato chips, keep this race in mind and opt for an apple or banana instead. When you want seconds at dinner, but know you aren’t truly hungry, remember your goal to finish this race. Once you experience the thrill of your first race and all the positive energy, running can become a bit contagious. Rather than boring yourself to death on the treadmill, opt for a jog around your neighborhood or a nearby trail. This can serve as an enjoyable opportunity for seeing your town at a different speed and enjoying the natural elements. After you knock out a couple of these races, you’ll find yourself wanting to push your limits even further. 5Ks are just the beginning.
Now I have a Spartan Race this October that I am working towards which I believe I am ready for now. At the beginning of the year, it seemed an impossible task, but once you find a goal worth working towards, it is truly awesome what you can accomplish. Once you do something that you thought impossible, nothing will feel off limits. This website is another example of something I once thought impossible, yet I am quite proud of it as it has gained a decent following. Because of the positive reception it is gaining, I am inspired to write a book and I now know that I will be able to finish it by the end of the year. It may not be ready to publish by then, but I’ll have it written out before the year is over.
Signing up for 5K races or similar events provide you the motivation you need to live a healthier life. This is by far the best reason to start taking part in these events. When you drive by that fast food restaurant or crave a few beers, that race will serve as a reminder to be disciplined and skip out on these unhealthy habits. Or at least help you cut back on them. I am down about 15 pounds since the year started and the 5K really inspired me to lose the weight. I struggled on my first race and knew that if I could lose some weight, running could be much easier and now it has even become enjoyable.
Now this should come as no surprise but the people you will meet at these events are the healthiest, most positive and energetic people you will find in the same place. Meeting like-minded people is a challenge in modern society, but these competitive races are the perfect place to make new friends. Social media for all its issues helps bring these people together with groups as well. Side note: once you complete your first 5K, you can brag about online to all of your friends on social media for some bonus internet points!
Childhood obesity is on the rise and I don’t have to sell anyone on this point. Just go look at the crowds at your local Wal-Mart. On second thought, don’t torture yourself and just take my word on it. Do society a favor and help set a positive example for your kids, by being an active parent who finds the time to exercise. You’ll find that your kids will want to emulate you in whatever you do, so be mindful of how you spend your time. Competing in a 5K is a perfect example of showing your kids how important it is to live a healthy lifestyle and how it can be enjoyable.
More than once in my life I have said that I don’t have it in me to run a marathon. A couple weeks ago I ran 6 miles which is the farthest I have ever run, and I know I can do better. Everyone can be a runner and everyone should run at least one 5K in their lives. It all starts with a small step and maybe that just means running down to the mailbox and back. Whatever your level, get your running shoes on and work on beating your past self.
At the beginning of the year I thought running a 5K was impossible. By the end of this year, I will be searching for a marathon that I can run in 2019. Impossible is just a mindset. Live an awesome life!