I believe there are two types of people in this world – those who think running a 5k is a piece of cake, and those who have zero interest OR are really intimidated by running in front of others, let alone for 3.1 miles.
Growing up, I was in the latter group. It was only when I made the St. John’s University cheerleading squad that I had to begin running more than a lap; we started each practice by running a mile together. Oh, and if a girl fell from a stunt, you immediately had to go run two miles. I still cringe looking back on it.
The fear of being the last to finish stuck with me through college and beyond, but in 2010, I decided to overcome it. I found the Couch to 5k program online, and it was surprisingly easy! In April 2010, I completed my first 5k race in Astoria, Queens, and it was such a good feeling.
This fall, Kaplow’s Wellness Squad wanted to bring that feeling of training, accomplishment, and fun to the agency. A team of six committed to train for nine weeks and run the Staten Island Run or Dye 5k together on Saturday, 9/28. Some of us were more dedicated than others, but the main point was that we all finished, we had a great time and we got covered in powder dye!
If you’d like to train for a 5k, here are a few of our recommendations:
- Try the Couch to 5k training program – we circulated weekly email reminders to keep us on track
- Enlist the help of upbeat tunes! On our playlists – Icona Pop’s “I Love It,” Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines,” Avicii’s “Wake Me Up” and Beyonce’s “Run The World (Girls)”
- Set goals and challenge friends using apps like Proof!
- Consider a Fun Run or Novelty Run if you’re a running newbie. No pressure, no timers and lots of silly distractions along the route!