My last-minute training for the BCBSND 5K
I have been thinking about starting to run again for some time now. There is often a big difference between thinking about doing something and actually doing it (when I was a kid I thought about becoming a pro athlete, but that never quite materialized). After months of procrastinating, I finally got off the couch last weekend and started running again.
The reason? My employer is sponsoring the Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota 5K on Friday night in Fargo and I thought it would be a great opportunity to get back in stride. Sure, I could have started training weeks or months ago, but where's the challenge in that? For the last five days I have been running around a park in my neighborhood in the morning before work (training was going great until I realized after the first few runs that I was only running about half the distance of the 5K).
Think it's too late to begin training for the Friday night Fargo Marathon 5K? Think again. Many people train before running in an event. But according to this Valley News Live report, training isn't necessarily a requirement (as long as you pace yourself). The great thing about Friday night's 5K is it's only 3.1 miles, you can walk, jog or run and the main component will be fun. You can still register for the 5K by visiting a health and fitness expo at the Fargodome between noon and 9 p.m. on Thursday or between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Friday. Runners and walkers will line up at 6 p.m. Friday outside the Fargodome and the race will start at 6:30 p.m.
I ran cross country in high school (the one sport I wasn't too skinny to be good at). While in the military, I also did some running (it's a lot easier to run fast when you're in basic training and there's a drill sergeant running next to you yelling). But I began to run less often amid the many distractions in college. A regular routine was replaced by running only when I needed to pass the annual National Guard 2-mile run. When I visit the gym, I often run for several minutes on the treadmill. But running on a treadmill is no substitute for being outside, feeling the ground under your feet and the excitement of running (or walking) in front of a supportive crowd.
If I can do it, anyone can. It's not like you have to run barefoot or blindfolded like these Fargo Marathon runners will be doing on Saturday. If you don't want to run, you can walk or jog. Will you join me at the 5K on Friday? It will be fun, it's for a good cause and it's an excuse to get off the couch and get some exercise.