New Year's Resolution: Run a 5K
The DC area is full of runners and running events.
Running is an inexpensive and flexible way to keep a New Year's resolution to get more active or lose a few pounds. The DC area is lucky to have great outdoor running options and plenty of events to train toward if you need a deadline to help you meet your goal.
The Mayo Clinic offers a free online training schedule developed by Olympian Jeff Galloway to get you 5K run ready in just seven weeks, even if you are a beginner. A 5K run is 3.1 miles.
"Don't be daunted by the distance. A 5K run is a great distance for a beginner. And you can prepare for a 5K run in just two months," according to the Mayo Clinic website.
With the training schedule in-hand, you can pick a local race seven or eight weeks in the future and start working toward your goal.
Here's a list of several local 5K races that might be interesting to you:
- Feb. 23 Have a Heart for Hoffman-Boston Elementary School 5K (Arlington, Va.)
- March 2 EmpoweRun 5K (Washington, DC)
- March 2 Bright Beginnings 5K (Washington, DC)
- March 24 Chris4Life Scope it Out 5K Run/Walk for Colon Cancer Awareness (Washington, DC)
- March 24 W&OD Trail 5K (Falls Church, Va.)
- April 5 Crystal City 5K Fridays (Arlington, Va.)
- May 12 2013 National Police Week 5K (Washington, DC)
Or if you want to train for a longer race:
- March 9 The Georgetown 10 Miler (Washington, DC)
- March 9 Four Courts Four Miler (Arlington, Va.)
- March 10 St. Patrick's Day 8K (Washington, DC)
And if you need a little companionship to make sure you put in the miles, local running and fitness shops often have group running options each week.