If you have recently made a healthy lifestyle change, you’re likely excited about the progress you’ve been making. You are likely eating more vegetables and drinking more water. You may be following a consistent walking program, and even adding strength training exercises. You have overcome challenges to meet these goals and now, it’s time to keep going. If you want to progress your exercise program to the next level but are unsure of what to do, I suggest trying a 5K. Before you stop reading – yes, you CAN complete a 5k.
Here are some reasons why you should (and will) conquer a 5K.
They don’t discriminate.
The beauty of the 5K is that people of all ages and abilities can take part—kids, grandparents, dads pushing strollers, recreational athletes returning to activity after surgery, first time exercisers and beyond. Don’t let the fear of coming in last deter you—it’s still better than all the people who never try.
It allows you to go at your own pace.
Even though you usually hear “5K run,” this does not mean you have to run the entire distance, or even at all. You can walk, jog, run or do a combination of all three. Remember, you have to walk before you can run.
It’s easy to stay on track.
Whether you want to train solo or with a group, there are many ways to get the job done. You can follow a basic 5K training plan or download a training app, such as Couch to 5K. Need extra motivation? Join a program or running group to gain accountability from others. Red River Runners in Grand Forks offers group runs, including one for beginners.
It will improve your cardiovascular fitness.
Registering for a 5K will motivate you to follow a consistent training plan, which in turn will improve your cardiovascular fitness.
It will boost your self esteem.
Registering for a 5K. Training for a 5K. Completing a 5K. All of these are huge accomplishments that will build off one another and increase confidence. Sense of accomplishment is key to keeping you motivated.
It will reward you with fun swag.
Picking up your “swag bag,” often filled with a t-shirt and other running-related giveaways, is one of the most exciting steps of a 5K. And, think of how cool you will look sporting your new swag around town.
It will challenge you.
Remember these sayings: “magic happens outside your comfort zone” and “you are capable of more than you realize.” We need to stay challenged to meet our goals and training to complete a 5K may give you the extra push you need.
When you register for a 5K or similar event, you’ll instantly see a soar in motivation as you now have a clear reason to keep working hard. Let others know your goal of completing a 5K, and surround yourself with others that will motivate you and encourage you to stay on track.
It will allow you to be social and active.
Recruit friends, family members or co-workers to join you and schedule training sessions together. Challenge each other. Motivate each other. And when you cross that finish line together….CELEBRATE!
It will be fun.
Find a 5K event that will get you excited. Choose a race that supports a cause that is meaningful to you. The Wild Hog race events support an active lifestyle in the Grand Forks region. Choose a race that is the right fit for YOU!
Are you still unsure if you should sign up for your first 5K? Need another reason? How about…Because YOU CAN! The next thing you know, you will be the person at the gym rockin’ a 5K shirt. And who knows, you may inspire others to register for their first 5K.