Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Why 5K runs should appeal to you?

All of those who are reading my blog for the past few months, or know me personally must have discerned that I was never the “runner kind.” At least, I certainly never expected to be a runner. As a matter of fact, never even in my wildest dreams I imagined that I would ever be passionate about running. Reason is simple – lack of awareness and my pathetic level of endurance. Moreover this is not something I was ever taught to aspire and most importantly nobody in my family or friend circle ever talked about a marathon, let alone running it. Clearly, this is perceived in our society as something for westerners and unquestionably not for Indians. For the reason stated in my previous blogs, I somehow got connected and what I learned about this sport was an eye opener and compulsive. And friends, what could be a better addiction than running with plethora of positive side effects.

Anyways, after months of long running, I comprehended that lack of awareness and mindset is truly the biggest hurdle for most of us. Then and there itself I along with couple of friends decided to write down our thoughts to encourage others to enter the world of running. Our effort did make some difference and quite a few laced up their shoes to jump in the arena. However, there are still many to be enthused. I did a bit of research on what could be “something” that might offer Indians an easy start or a good platform to jump onboard. I found the answer in 5k runs. 

Why 5k? Here are few simple reasons –   
  1. Easy to run – Everybody is busy today, so common excuse is that there is no time for training. Make up your mind; you don’t need any training to walk 5k. Yes, you heard me correct. Register for a 5k walk/run, absolutely no need to run if you don’t want to, just walk little over three miles to win the laurels.
  2. No need to change daily routine – 5k is very convenient. No need to make extra preparations if
    you don’t want it. The goal should be to run 5k once and that experience will drive your future running endeavor. At least that’s what my kids told me after their first 5k run.
  3. Excitement - Short races are fun because you can maintain high speed, if you want to challenge yourself.
  4. Confidence booster – Racing the occasional 5k is not only an excellent fitness booster but it also elevates your self-confidence. It definitely improves your efficiency and gives you a sense of accomplishment in a very different way.
  5. Change is good – I have seen several people going for a stroll with their spouse, friends or kids. Just for a change mix it up with interval running or jogging. Follow your own routine and in no time you will be ready to run 5k. Trust me, it is that simple.
  6. Couch 25k – I know most of us think running is for masochists. I too used to think that way until I read an article on “Couch to 5K program for new runners”. The simple mantra is to start jogging or running and it’s something you can actually do with minimal effort. 
  7. Cheerleaders - Races are great motivators. I have talked with scores of runners who tell me that having a regular schedule of 5K races gets them out the door on days when they would have stayed in bed in the morning or watch TV after work.
  8. Easy to find a partner – Your spouse or kid can be your running mate because it is easy to convince them that walking over three miles is not that tough. Even very sedentary people usually walk 3-4 miles each day without even realizing that.
  9. Age is not a hindrance – Almost every day when somebody talks to me about running, their biggest
    concern is the age. I have a back problem, I am little overweight, my joint hurts or I never ran in my life are few common trepidations. Friends, 5k run will work like a charm for people with these apprehensions because once you are out there, it feels great, and you will be glad you are  doing it, but sometimes it’s just hard to get your body moving. One of the best ways to overcome that inertia is to follow a sensible and easy routine that truly fits your fitness level. When you have that, you discover that running can actually be pleasant, not a drudgery.

What are you waiting for  - Sign up for a 5K race to join the Fit Indian Run gang!!

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