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Hey there! I’m Kate and I blog about my imperfectly healthy life over at KateMovingForward. On my site you’ll find recipes, healthy living tips, motivation, my own weight loss journey and my little family’s adventures in West Michigan. My readers love my practical and “real” approach to healthy living and I think you will too!
One of my biggest pet peeves is when people say “I ran a race, but it was just a 5K .”
Just a 5K? I mean come on! It’s 3.1 miles! Most Americans CAN’T walk, let alone run a full 5K….so doing that is a huge accomplishment.
I definitely have a soft spot for the 5K distance. I started running back in high school by training for a 5K. 5Ks are quick to train for and short enough that even if your run is horrible at least it is over quickly! Whether you are an experienced runner or a certified couch potato running a 5K can be a fun challenge that helps you lose weight, get toned, feel accomplished, and increase your happiness. Here are my favorite reasons to run a 5K!
1. Running a 5K will help you lose weight and get healthier. Most couch to 5K programs are built on 20-30 minutes of exercise a day 4-5 days a week. That is a great amount of exercise to promote weight loss and other health benefits like better sleep, lower cholesterol, increased lifespan, and regulation of blood sugar levels.
2. Running a 5K will help you feel accomplished. There is nothing like the feeling of setting a goal and attaining it. So if your goal is to cross the finish line in one piece or to run a sub 24:00 race you get the amazing high of doing exactly what you set out to do. And let me tell you that feeling is addicting! From there you can build more success through different or longer races and events.
3. Running a 5K is fun, truly! There are so many awesome 5K events out there: local races for charity, color runs, foam runs, night runs, zoo runs, zombie runs, runs in the city, scenic trail runs, big party runs, even beer and doughnut runs! You’ll be having so much fun you won’t even notice that you are sweating! Also, getting a group of people to do a fun run together makes it so much more enjoyable…especially if you can train together beforehand too.
4. Running a 5K for charity is rewarding. Running for a local charity is an awesome reason to run a 5K! Many local runs benefit small community charities and even larger events you can run for a charity like Leukemia & Lymphoma Society or World Vision. One local run I completed earlier this year benefitted local Michigan blood banks. You can fill good knowing a portion of your race fee went to a help a great cause.
5. Running makes you happier. The post-run high is a real thing fueled by your body’s endocrine system! Generally it takes about 5 minutes of average-intensity exercise to improve your mood. So if you’re having a bad day and you lace up your running shoes, you are just minutes away from feeling so much better. Having a goal like a 5K keeps you committed to running (and your own happiness) even when you would rather hang back and munch on Doritos.Plus, losing weight, giving back, and doing fun things will all contribute to your overall happiness and wellness. What’s not to love?
Thanks Kate for sharing — I love 5ks — but they are HARD! 🙂