Just 45 minutes and it will be over. That’s what I tell myself when I run a 5k to get me through it. Now it doesn’t take me that long to do a 5k, but the way I figure it, if I walk the entire time it will take me 45 minutes but if I run it will only take about 35 minutes. Its really just something to help me power through and finish. I started doing “fun runs” two years ago with a friend. I never thought I would be the type of person who runs for fun much less pay to do it. My very first run was the Graffiti Run, and it was a blast. It was a hot July day at Toyota Park and as we ran we were doused in colorful powder. By the time we finished we looked like rainbow trolls. After that I have done the Hot Chocolate run downtown Chicago twice, last year and this year. This is one of my favorites because you get a great sweatshirt and free chocolate.
This year I plan on attending a lot more runs and not just runs for fun but also for a cause. For years I have volunteered for the Y Me breast cancer walk on Mother’s Day with my brother, sister and aunt to pay homage to my mother who died of breast cancer when I was 6. I always wanted to run the race someday, I was upset to find out the organization shut down in 2013. So I will be running in the Susan G Komen Race for the Cure next year May 8, 2016. For me 5k is a perfect distance not too long or short. Long enough for a good sweat but not too long to be discouraging. One day I would try for a half marathon , just because it has the words marathon, I will never run 26.2 miles, that’s just ridiculous. After running the Hot Chocolate Run last year I said the next year I would do the 15k (9.3 miles) but I don’t think I will be ready by November.
Running is one of the best workouts we can do because it not only burns hundreds of calories but it tones the whole body. Running boost the mood and have also been contributed with promoting a longer lifespan. Running is funny because its easy and hard at the same time, all you need is a good pair of shoes and the will, that’s the hard part.
With the hundreds of runs hosted throughout the chicago area it will give the chance to go somewhere new, give yourself a running tour of a different neighbor hood. Here a notable few but you can check out a full guide for upcoming races here;
- Bucktown 5k – Sunday, September 13th
- Oak Brook Half Marathon – Monday, September 7th
- NorthShore Turkey Trot, Highland Park – Thursday, November 26th
- Brookfield Zoo Run Run Sunday, September 20th
- Hot Chocolate Sunday, November 8th