My name is Lindsay and I am the blogger behind “Live. Love. Nutrition.” (www.doubleLnutrition.com), a healthy lifestyle blog where I share recipes, talk about my running, and post weekly plans to get me through busy weeks. I’m currently pursuing a career in dietetics and I am a Maddogg Athletics certified spinning instructor.
Today I’m here to talk to you about why running a 5k race is a great idea!
When I was younger, I was not a fan of running. I played several different sports (soccer, softball, basketball) where running was always the punishment for doing something wrong. Therefore, I learned to hate it. Besides for playing sports, I was a pretty lazy kid. Before I knew it, my last high school season of basketball was ending and I was heading off to college. I joined my town gym for the remainder of the year in hopes to lose some weight before heading off to school to avoid that fear of gaining the “freshman 15”. I saw results quickly, but none that satisfied me. Yes, I lost weight and gained some muscle; however, I was still not happy with my body. I got the idea to start running to increase my activity level. At first, it was HARD. I stopped after only running half a mile and didn’t want to start again …but I did.
As weeks went on, I was able to run longer and longer each session. I started to see a change in my body and how I looked at myself. I was more confident and felt better. Before I knew it, I was looking into races around my school. I signed up for the school’s 5k on a whim and began researching what I needed to do for the race. I kept running religiously every week, 3 days a week. I could feel myself getting stronger and faster. I went on to complete my first 5k and LOVED the feeling of accomplishment at the finish line. I just did something I never thought I could do. Immediately after the race, I headed home to search for more races to enter. Runnersworld.com quickly earned a spot on my Internet bookmark page.
This led me to setting goals for running a half marathon and a full marathon, more things I never thought I would do. Before I knew it, that lazy child in me had left and was replaced with my new love for running. I completed my first half marathon and marathon in 2012 and have been running races ever since. However, that first 5k will always be one of my best memories.
The 5k race is where I fell in love with running.
Here’s my 4 reasons why you should run in a 5k race:
- Feeling a sense of accomplishment when you cross that finish line
- Setting a goal for yourself and completing it will boost your self-confidence
- Already a runner of longer distances? 5ks are great “tune-up” races to build speed and strength
- Most of all, it’s FUN! Grab your friends and families and make it a team event. Everything is always better with those who support you
If you’re still debating about if you want to commit to running a 5k or not, just do it! You never know, you may surprise yourself and discover a new love like I did!
Feel free to contact me through the blog with any questions!
Happy running and stay healthy! J
Thank you to Lindsay from “Live. Love. Nutrition” for contributing such a great blog on the advantages of running in a 5K.