New to running? Make a 5k your first goal

Every year, temperatures rise and streets fill up as people venture outside for their workout.  I’ve always been jealous of the fit runners effortlessly passing my window with long, even strides.  I’ve never been much of an athlete.

A few months ago, my friends managed to talk me into registering for The Color Me Rad run, a 5K that blasts you with paint during the race.  Sounds fun, right?  The only problem was that I had never run more than a mile before.

A 5K is the perfect start for a new runner.  It gives you a goal: you cannot give up until you’ve completed the race.  It forces you to incorporate running into your weekly routine and, by the time the race comes, it feels natural.

My first race has come and gone, but the running has stayed.  All the sudden three miles doesn’t seem so long; it’s just a warm-up.  Though I’m still not in great shape, I’ve come miles (pun intended) from where I started.  I guess it’s time to start training for that 10K!

You don’t need athletic genes or expensive equipment to run.  Just get a pair of running shoes and register for one of the upcoming races listed below.

New to running?  Check out this video on how to train for a 5K:

Upcoming Races in Michigan

July 13 The Color Run -Lansing

August 1 4th Annual Metro Way 5K

August 3 The Color Run – Grand Rapids

August 17 Grand Rapids African American Rhythm Run

August 25 Cristo Rey Community Center 5K

September 7 Run For Your Heart

September 15  Lake Michigan Credit Union Bridge Run

Click here for a complete list of Michigan races.

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