Saturday, September 12, 2009
You Ready To Run A 5K?
No, I'm actually not kidding. Yes, little ole YOU could easily run a 5K.
For those of you who are wondering, a 5K is 3.1 miles. And running one is not nearly as difficult as you might imagine. You can trust me on this, I'm one of YOU. A normal person.
Or at least I used to be.
Now, I am a runner. I suppose that makes me a bit loco in some people's minds. At this point in my life, I've run two full marathons and completed five 1/2 marathons. Last September I ran a 181 mile relay race from Cumberland, MD to Washington, D.C. I get up early on weekends to run with a gaggle of girlfriends. I truly prefer it over a night out on the town. Hmmm... I guess I am a bit crazy, come to think of it.
But to run a 5K you don't need to be anything like me or commit to a life-altering training plan. You just need to start. And you start with... A WALK.
I know, I know... you are probably thinking that you can't do it. "I could never even run a mile, let alone a 5K!" I can't tell you how many people have said that to me.
Give me a break. Just start simply. Start with a walk.
There is an old saying that goes something like this: "How do you eat an elephant?" A. One bite at a time.
Same thing goes for running a 5K. One STEP at a time. One BLOCK at a time. One MILE at a time.
So if you would like to one day conquer this thing called the 5K, then join me here and I will take you through the process.
Your first assignment: Set a goal then move your butt! Figure out when you would like to complete your first 5K. Be realistic. If you have never run before please don't try to run a 5K by next week. Shoot for something more realistic like "spring."
Then - get moving! Start by walking. Set a walking goal - around the block, 1 mile, 2 miles... a realistic goal. The key here is to take some action. Try to get out there at least 3x a week. Um, yeah... three times a week. Minimum.
Who the heck am I anyway? My name is Jennifer and I am the creator of Hip As I Wanna Be, a blog about one working mom (ME!) and her quest to successfully juggle life, marriage and the mania of male offspring while struggling to get her mojo back. (Whew! Quite a mouthful, huh?) If you must know, you can find out more about me here.