- Ease: Most of us are busy and training time is precious. Training for a full marathon is like taking on a 2nd job. You can easily work up to a 5K, from the couch, and train for it adequately on just three days a week.
- Convenience: With a 5K you arrive at the race, warm up 10 - 20 minutes, race for 40 minutes at the most, cool down replenish with food and drink and head home in your new T-shirt.
- Exhilaration: You really feel like you are racing. Even after running 1/2 marathons and full marathons, I still get the runner's high doing a 5K.
- Improvement: It is an excellent fitness booster. When I am training for a longer race, 5K's are a great way to gauge my progress.
- Change: The short and sweet 5K is a great way to mix things up.
- Motivation: Signing up for a 5K gives you a reason to get up off the couch and run.
Wednesday, February 9, 2011
Run a 5K
My first race was the 2007 Komen 5K in Evansville, Indiana. 5K's are by far the most popular races, they are a great first race or warm-up for a longer race. Active.com has six reasons to run a 5K: