Hi everyone! I’m Kalee from SoreyFitness and like Alyssa, I’m in my 20′s and have a passion for health and fitness.
I like to workout on my own and look about like Phoebe from Friends when I run. So the idea of participating in my first 5k terrified me. I knew people, serious runner people, would be there, and people may not embrace my crazy leg stride.
I really wanted the experience though. In order to calm my nerves, I signed up for a “fun run”. A “fun run” is an un-timed run, and they sometimes have a off-the-wall, fun themes like zombies, tomatoes, or color splatters.
I went with The Color Run because I had seen everyone’s cute photos. The run was also at the end of March when it isn’t too hot in Tennessee.
I honestly did not know what to expect at all. I had a great time winging it, but here are five things I learned to help you have an even better first 5k!
1. If you are hesitant about trying a 5k, start with a fun run. The Color Run had a walk side and a run side on the route. While I found I can run a 5k when I’m practicing at about 28 minutes, I decided to walk. My mom and I had just gotten back from a trip, and both of our allergies were terrible. No one mocked or even looked at us with disdain for walking.
2. LIKE whatever runs interest you on Facebook. They list the sign up dates for each city, and some of them sell out really quickly or go up in price after a week or two. Plus, some events offer giveaways and post pictures from each city.
3. If you want to run a 5k, there are beginners guides to help you build your endurance up. 4. Arrive at least 40 minutes early (earlier for a popular race). I had heard of 5k’s selling out, and it never made sense to me. It’s a road. People can run or walk on it. Then the day of the race, I realized exactly how many people “sold out” looks like. The traffic was terrible, parking took time, and then you may still have to sign in for some races.
5. Make sure you include a banana in your breakfast! It will help with cramping. Also, I skipped dairy because it is tough on your stomach.
6. If you do any of the messy 5k’s like The Color Run, read the FAQ to see about stains and also pack something to cover up your dirty clothes on your ride home.7. Go and have a good time! It’s about like the first day of school, everyone is so focused on themselves no one will notice if you are the quickest, slowest, or just run like Phoebe. Pick a race that matches your personality, and have a blast!
Thank you Alyssa for allowing me to do a guest post! It was so much fun, and I hope my tips will encourage someone to go out and try a 5K.