Friday, April 25, 2014

why you need to run a 5k

so, i somehow convinced my husband to sign up to run a 5k with me! this is actually something on my 30 by 30 list that i thought i would tackle another year, but there's no time like the present!

if you knew me or my husband in real life, you would probably ask why we are running a 5k because we both don't run or even like running. but i think the fact that we don't like running is one of the best reasons to do it. it will be a lot of fun to train together and i think it's one of those things everyone needs to do at least once!

i know a few pretty awesome bloggers that are runners (The Lady Okie, Not Before My Tea, Sunshine to the Square Inch, and Wonderfully Complex to name a few!) i love reading their posts about running and although i have never particularly liked it, i love reading how passionate they are about it! and i end up dreaming that maybe someday i can love it, too! or maybe not. either way, i've gotta try to find out!

the race is towards the end of June, so we have about 9 weeks to train! 9 weeks is just how long the couch to 5k training program is for, so we'll be using this to help us train! running a race in South Carolina in June sounds miserable, but it's a candlelight run held at night so that is pretty neat!

since this is our first race we really aren't sure what to expect and our main goal is just to finish! we are definitely not going to be the fastest runners and we will probably never run a marathon or anything, but this is something we want to do just to have the experience! i wanted to share some of the reasons of why we decided to run a 5k. some may resonate with you and some may not, but that's okay!



o1 | consistent exercising is easier with a goal. planning to reach a goal is kinda my thing, so having a 5k to train for will be the push i need to get back into exercising regularly.

o2 | we want a healthy lifestyle. we have been working towards healthy eating habits but a healthy lifestyle also includes regular exercise. i think it will be a bonding experience for me and my husband to train for this together! especially because we are both starting at the same place. the same place being that we don't run.

o3 | the registration fee goes to a good cause. our registration fee goes to Shriner's Hospital for Children and we are excited about helping out such a good cause! most races are raising money for something, so find one that you'd love to support and run with the knowledge that you are helping those in need!

o4 | learning to pace. i want to learn to pace myself in all areas of my life. along with learning how to pace myself with running, training for a 5k will help me learn much that i can apply to other areas of my life!

o5 | why not? instead of asking myself why i should run a 5k, i started asking myself why i shouldn't. for some things in life, if there isn't a good reason of why i can't do it, then that is a good enough reason for me of why i should!


have you ever run a 5k? 
how has it helped you in other areas of your life?

38 comments:

  1. You've made me think about doing one some day! My best friend just told me she wants to run a 5k and I told her she was crazy. But why not?! :)

    ReplyDelete
  2. The factor that the registration fee usually goes towards supporting a good cause or charity is a good thing...but I can't stand running so I don't think I'd ever run a race. Getting in shape is worthwhile, but I way prefer biking. My husband and I work out together--I bike and he runs! :P

    ReplyDelete
  3. I'm running my first 5 k of the season tomorrow. I started running last February (at age 36) and I used the C25K plan. It worked for me--it helps to build endurance. I never thought I would be a runner, but I definitely miss it when I don't do it.

    ReplyDelete
  4. I think everyone should run a race once in their life... the experience of it is fantastic.

    ReplyDelete
  5. So exciting girl! It took hours, but the disque finally came hope after I don't know how many times of refreshing ;) Excited for your first 5K! You will love and do great. The farthest I've done is a half marathon, but I too hate running - crazy that I do it every day ;)

    ReplyDelete
  6. i've said that people who run are crazy SO many times! but ya know what - nothing wrong with a little crazy! :)

    ReplyDelete
  7. that is neat! :) i can't bike up a hill to save my life so i stay away from biking! it's so cool how they are so many different ways to exercise that you can find what you like & go with it!! :)

    ReplyDelete
  8. ah cool!!! good luck!!! thanks for sharing, Shelley! this C25K plan looks very reasonable & it will help me pace instead of trying to do too much and getting discouraged! :) i hope to feel that way about running some day!!!

    ReplyDelete
  9. thanks, Beka! :) you are one of the ones that has encouraged me to do it - just reading about your running journey!! ha i won't say never to a marathon then - never know what the future may bring!! :)


    you're right though!! there are SO many things i can apply to my life just in running metaphors! that's why i'm excited to take the leap and do this - it will teach me better discipline, intentionality, pacing, etc. :)

    ReplyDelete
  10. you have inspired me so much with your running! :) i can't wait to experience my first race & hope it's the first of many! :)

    ReplyDelete
  11. thank you so much sweet friend!! i saw your email! i wonder if anyone else has trouble with the disqus!!!


    it is funny! i don't know why i'm so adamant about doing something that i don't really like! although, i WANT to like it - so that says something! and i know that it is hard and i think that's what intrigues me too! :)

    ReplyDelete
  12. I did a 5K a few years ago, and it's so doable! A challenge, but one that CAN be accomplished, which I love!
    You will do great, and you will feel awesome!

    ReplyDelete
  13. Well, I think you've convinced me! I hatttte to run mostly because I'm horrible at it. It would be a great challenge, though.

    ReplyDelete
  14. so neat! thanks so much for your encouraging words, Amy! :)

    ReplyDelete
  15. awesome! let me know if you sign up for one! :) i'm horrible at it too but this couch to 5k program helps you build endurance and starts off slow so i think that will help me so much!

    ReplyDelete
  16. this is awesome! congrats, lady! it will be fabulous. A few years ago, the thought of running made me roll my eyes and also feel sick. I started the couch to 5k and then kind of did my own plan - just ran and walked when i wanted to. I have done several 5ks, other races and 3 half marathons. I never thought I would enjoy running this much. The best thing is the feeling of accomplishment. It's definitely made me a stronger person in all areas, and I don't hate my body as much as I used to because it wasn't 'skinny' enough or didn't look like the magazines. Now I know what it can do, I'm proud of it. anywho, long ramble! congrats again :)

    ReplyDelete
  17. congratulations!! and good luck!!

    http://hey-darlin.blogspot.com/

    ReplyDelete
  18. thanks, Kristen!!! i think i've rolled my eyes at the thought of running my entire life. but even though my first few runs have been hard, i do like it! it's fun to keep pushing myself and see exactly what my body can do! :) that is awesome that you've run so many races & that really does encourage me so much! :)

    ReplyDelete
  19. that is SO great to hear, Jennifer! :) that gives me hope that even though right now i kinda wonder if i can do it - it will still be such a good experience & challenge! good luck on your 10k! that is awesome!! :)

    ReplyDelete
  20. Haha, I'm in this exact boat Robyn! We signed up for a 5K that's happening in the fall (the registration fee is going towards a children's hospital). And I am one of those people that does not enjoy running, so we'll see how this goes. Best of luck to you!

    ReplyDelete
  21. oh awesome!!! :) crazy how similar our stories are! :) we started our first week of training this weekend & my legs are so sore! but it feels SO good & i know they are getting stronger! best of luck to you, too!!!

    ReplyDelete
  22. Veronica Lee BurnsApril 28, 2014 at 1:18 PM

    Running a 5K is one of the best feelings! Good luck! Yall got this!
    Veronica, Passion Pink and Pearls

    ReplyDelete
  23. I just signed up for my first 5k :)

    ReplyDelete
  24. ahh thanks so much Veronica! i am so excited even though right now i can barely run half a mile! :)

    ReplyDelete
  25. oh neat!!! well good luck to you! when is your 5k?!

    ReplyDelete
  26. It's not until November so I have plenty of time to get ready.

    ReplyDelete
  27. My hubs and I were talking just the other day how we need to be healthier! We may give running a try! Thanks for those tips, we'll use them and Good Luck on your race! You're gonna rock!

    ReplyDelete
  28. This is on my 101 in 1001 list! I used to be such a big runner but since I got married that has kinda fallen off the radar! I am about to head out for a run this morning!

    ReplyDelete
  29. oh neat, Christin! :) running is one of the easiest ways to be active with another person i think! plus it will be fun for you & your husband to do it together! and thank you!! :)

    ReplyDelete
  30. cool!!! :) i think it will be such a good experience! my exercise in general has fallen off the radar since i got married - why does married life have to be so busy?! but i'm glad that my husband is doing it with me so that we can still spend time together but also consistently exercise!

    ReplyDelete
  31. Woo hoo! There's nothing like crossing that finish line! Let me know how you like the C25K!

    ReplyDelete
  32. i can't wait to see what it feels like! :) thanks Jenny! so far i am loving the C25K! each day has definitely been doable so far & i love the alerts the app gives you so you know when to walk and when to run!

    ReplyDelete
  33. Love these points! I have done 5k's before, but just signed up for my first 10k and feel all of the jitters and doubt if I can really do it and I think that all of your points apply to my experience too. Good reminders! We can do it! ;) Go get em, girl. Following you over on bloglovin now! Sarah @ thejellyjars.com :)

    ReplyDelete
  34. thanks, Sarah! oh cool! well i'm glad this could apply for you as well! :) you will definitely rock the 10k!! :)

    ReplyDelete
  35. All such awesome reasons! I'm excited for you guys. Even if you don't end up liking it, at least you tried!

    ReplyDelete
  36. thanks Amanda!!! we've run 3 times so far, and even though we are starting out slow i do like it so far! it's cool to see how i can push my body & feel how my legs are growing stronger!

    ReplyDelete