Summer is here and that means that 5k fun runs are popping up all across America. If you have never run a 5k, 3.1 miles, then I double dog dare you to do one this summer. If running isn’t your thing, then at least walk it or cheer on some of the runners!
We always do the same couple of fun runs each year. The first one is the only one that I am ever competitive in because there aren’t many runners in my age group! In fact, a time of about 24 minutes flat was good enough to get first for my category. Woohoo! I cannot become complacent however because in this particular 5K the older you get the more competitive it becomes!
While fun runs definitely have a competitive aspect to them, there is often a more uplifting camaraderie vibe that permeates the atmosphere. For instance, this year the route was lined with onlookers holding motivational posters that weren’t for specific individuals but rather for all of the participants. Sayings such as, “Worst Parade Ever” and “Run faster, I just farted” helped make it a truly ‘fun’ run.
There are always a slew of races during the 4th of July weekend, so if you don’t have any plans yet, consider getting up ‘early’ in the morning and having fun!