Running For a Cause: 5Ks

An exercise routine doesn’t always have to be a mundane task completed on the same days at the same time each week. We’ve gone over the variability of bodyweight exercises, but another great way to switch up a routine is to run a 5K. You don’t have to be an expert runner to sign up for a 5K because running isn’t a requirement. Participates can walk, run, skip or even crawl to the finish line if they so desire.

The importance of a 5K is more than just getting out and being healthy, but about running (or walking) for a cause. The money raised for each event is donated to various foundations that both brings awareness to the cause and contributes to finding a cure. Most 5Ks are themed and past events include The Color Run, The R.O.C. Race (Ridiculous Obstacle Challenge) and The 5K Foam Fest.

The term 5K is short for five kilometers, which is the length of the run. In American terms, the length stretches to about three miles. Three miles isn’t that long of a run or walk. If you plan to run the event, think about each mile as 10 minute segments. In theory, you could run the event in 30 minutes give or take a little if you take any breaks. Remember that walking isn’t frowned upon at the event because what matters most is the cause of your walk or run.

In January 2016, I ran the Color in Motion 5K for the Epilepsy Foundation of Florida. Personally, I wanted to train for the event so that I could attempt to run the entire course. I stopped twice for short breaks but was able to finish the 5K in about 45 minutes, all while being pelted with colored powder. What an accomplishment! 5Ks are a creative alternative to any workout routine that also gives people the opportunity to give back to the community.

Although the events are not free, the cost isn’t too high and includes the purchase of a t-shirt for the event. Also, the money goes towards a great cause and that’s more than enough reason to workout for a small price.

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