5K: Why You Should Run
You may have heard about an epic event coming up, our 4th annual The Key2Freedom 5K on December 9th. To me, a 5K sounds a whole lot like an event at which I have to run in front of people. That description scares me because when I run, my face gets awfully red and splotchy, my ponytail makes its slow descent, and everyone around me thinks I have asthma. That being said, I have participated in one of our previous 5K’s, and I volunteered at the other two. I know how intimidating a 5K can be, but I am going to give you 3 big reasons why you should do it.
1. The Number. When you run in our 5K, you receive a paper with a unique number on it that you pin to your sporty Key2Freedom race shirt. There’s a certain pride that comes with putting that number on; that is your number. You are in the running. Once that number is on, you are practically in the olympics. They wear numbers, you wear numbers; what’s the difference, really? Then, after you win, you get to keep and frame the number for bragging rights.
2. Workout Motivation. We all know that the sun sets up camp in Central Texas during the summer, so it can be a challenge to get outside and run. Of course, if we really wanted to exercise without going outside, there are plenty of ways. We could find an indoor track, treadmill, elliptical, etc. Our actual hurdle is our lack of motivation. When you register for our 5K, though, you have daily motivation to workout. You can walk into that gym like you own the place, because you are getting ready for a 5K. That’s hardcore. You are hardcore. You are going to win, so you need to push yourself for those extra five minutes in your workouts to be ready for your victory lap after the 5K.
3. Pride. It is an amazing feeling to know that you have just completed something that you didn’t think you could ever do. When I ran the 5K a few years back, there were people who thought that I would pass out, including me. I did not, though; I pushed through, and I finished the race fully conscious. To me, that was a shocking success. I am still proud of myself for that. I worked really hard to get in shape for that 5K, and I am so glad I did. You get to set your own goals; don’t let anyone downplay your victory. You can make this 5K a personal success story; you can accomplish something great, while at the same time supporting a worthy cause.
Some of you may not be influenced by my powerful reasons and may still be opposed to running in the 5K. I admire your persistence. If that is the case, or you have any other reason for choosing not to participate, we would love to have you as a volunteer. If you are interested in volunteering, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I survived the 5K. You can too.
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