by Sarah G. Mason
Running can be a refreshing way to recharge and live strong. It can also be terribly boring. It’s no wonder that many resolutions to tie up those sneakers and cover some miles often fall flat; running for the sake of running takes extreme motivation, a superstar playlist and a significant amount of willpower. By the time you’ve listened to “Suit & Tie” for the fourth time on loop, you’re already sick of it, and it’s only been 12 minutes.
Running with purpose, however, changes the game. Signing up for a 5k is like signing up for instant motivation; it gives you a goal. Suddenly, you’re morning jog isn’t filled with thoughts of what’s for breakfast and how much your feet hurt. Instead, you’re imagining yourself in the race, pushing through to the finish. When a 5k is looming in your future, you can’t call it quits after nine minutes. You have another 21 to go.
For some, running is a quiet, personal time. However, if you’re looking for a little company, signing up for a 5k is an amazing way to meet new people and to connect with old friends. Recruit your girls to join you and then schedule your jogs together. You’ll find the time flies when you’re gossiping about last night’s episode of Game of Thrones (OK, maybe that’s just me), sharing funny memories and spending time together. As far as making new friends, it’s hard not to! You have at least one thing in common with everyone at the event; it’s the perfect recipe for great new friendships.
If for no other reason, run a 5k for the cause. The proceeds of your entry fee are likely benefiting a charitable organization, so not only can you feel proud of your personal accomplishment, but you can feel great that you’re giving back, too. Whether it’s a cause you care deeply about or one you’re just learning of, the feeling of camaraderie you’ll get while running by others for a single purpose is hard to beat.
It doesn’t matter if you’re a seasoned runner or if you’ve never owned a pair of tennis shoes in your life. Get up, get pumped and run a 5k.