If you’re thinking of signing up for the AlignLife of Springfield Run for Prevention 5K on September 29, but haven’t run a 5K before, it can be an exciting goal. A 5K (or 3.1 miles) is a good place to start for first-timers. It’s the perfect way to get in shape and have some fun.
Almost anyone can run a 5K, and if you don’t want to run it you can walk our 5K in Washington Park. This is our fourth annual Run for Prevention and I want to point out that our runners are extremely supportive of one another. We have such a mixed group of more experienced runners to complete novices. We attract all ages too from children being pushed in strollers by their parents to pensioners. So, if it’s your first time participating in our 5K you won’t feel alone.
If you need further convincing, here are a few more reasons to take part.
You have plenty of time. The Run for Prevention is just under 12 weeks out so if you get started with training now and stick to a schedule you'll be adequately prepared.
Exercise, combined with maintaining a healthy weight, is one of the best ways to naturally reduce blood pressure if it’s above normal. If you have high cholesterol, running can also help keep it in check. Running is great for the immune system and, like other weight-bearing exercises, running increases bone density, which can help prevent (or delay) osteoporosis.
Support a great cause
When you participate in the AlignLife of Springfield Run for Prevention you are supporting a charity. Health Missions, the recipient of our event, is a nonprofit, which was established in 2005 to spread the word about and improve exposure to, and education about, natural health options, such as chiropractic care and lifestyle choices to everyone, including underserved and international communities.
Like I said above, we have a really great crowd every year, which is reflective of our running community here in Springfield. You never know whom you might meet if you join a running club or start out on your own and meet other runners on your routes.
Get free stuff!
Many charity/nonprofit 5Ks provide free t-shirts to participants. At the AlignLife of Springfield Run for Prevention, we also give free bottles of water, before, after and during the ‘race’ and we provide a healthy snack of oranges and bananas.
Catch the bug
You never know, you might find that you love running once you get into it and decide to make it part of your weekly (or daily) routine.
Improve your technique
Picking a goal like running a 5K can really help your efficiency and technique.
Think of how great you will feel when you cross that finish line! Not to mention, with the support of other runners and the energy on the day, you’ll likely run a personal record. The excitement of the day might just mean you’ll sign up for next year’s 5K then and there.