5K races. Why I love them!

It seems like 5Ks are popping up all over the place!  This makes me incredibly happy because I love 5Ks.  They are long enough (3.1 miles) to feel like you got in a good run, but short enough you can really push your speed.  They are also the perfect distance to set an obtainable goal to finish.  You can make your goal to walk, run, jog, or a combo of any of the 3!  There are tons of 5K training guides out there.  Just make sure you give your body time to adjust as you train.  Pushing yourself to do more than your body is ready for can lead to injury and will keep you from meeting your 5K goals!  (So don’t freaking do it!!)

I am running in the Color Run in June and the Glow Run in July!  I have the pleasure of being a Glowbassador (hence the glowing picture!) for the Glow Run this year as well!  The Color Run is sold out (I believe) but the Glow Run still has spots!  I encourage you to check it out.  If you have never done one before, this will be an unforgettable first 5K or if you are an old pro, I can almost guarantee you have not done one at night that is lit with glowing lights!  I had to walk/run my first 5K in April of 2011 and ran my first half marathon almost 1 year to the day of my first 5K…So if you think you can’t do it…Knock it off.  Get up. Get going. And get ready to cross your first (but certainly not last) finish line!

My First 5k

This is me before running my very first 5K in April 2011.  It was the Cherry Blossom 5k in Washington DC.  I got to run through all of the awesome monuments and through the beautiful Cherry Blossom trees!  Talk about a bar setter…I’ve run farther races, with faster finishing times…But this one will always be special to me.  The surroundings couldn’t have been better and it was the first time I felt like a runner!  I was trying to act tough and not nervous…Really I wanted to puke and use that as an excuse as to why I couldn’t run it!  I had to walk a bit, but finished in 36:56.