5 Reasons You Should Enter a 5K Even If You Can’t Run + Giveaway

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Why does my non-runner self keep signing up for 5Ks?  I mean, I’ve got to look like a darn fool out there walking and panting with all those folks running and breathing normally.  But I digress.  This post will not center around the fact that I’m out of shape with asthma.  What it will center around, though, is why I signed up for Color Me Rad even though I can’t run. I know you may be thinking, “Why would you do that?  I just read your first paragraph and it just doesn’t seem like a good idea.”  And to those of you that are saying that, I say, touche’.  I’m sure it’s probably a terrible idea, but that’s never stopped me before I’m doing it anyway.  See, I love running.  I love something that I’ve never done before.  I mean, I’m sure I ran as a child or at least jogged, but I’ve never run competitively or with an end goal in mind.  I just love the thought of running.  Does that make sense?  Probably not, so after my first non-running 5K last year, I found some other reasons to enter since running was something that I loved, but didn’t necessarily do very well.

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I could see the finish line!

5 Reasons You Should Enter a 5K Even If You Can’t Run

  1. It’s fun.  No matter the type of race it is–where powdered color is thrown in your face, where you have to run through fire or where you run in the dark with glow sticks–5Ks are normally full of fun, even for us walkers.
  2. It’s great exercise.  Competition aside, 5ks are a good excuse to elevate your heart rate and get sweaty, for those of us that deplore physical activity (i.e. exercise).  Insert Chris Traeger’s voice: You will literally be having too much fun to realize how much you’re working out.
  3. It’s a confidence booster.  Competing in a 5k, whether you’re running it or walking it, is such a great way to build and boost your confidence.  Even if you finish dead last, you finished and that’s something to be proud of.
  4. Umm, new gear?! Enough said.
  5. It’s a great stress reliever.  I remember being so stressed out before my first 5K race last year.  “Oh my goodness, what if I’m last?  What if I can’t finish the race?  What if…”  I was a mess.  Thankfully, all of those worries melted away when I got to the race, connected with my group and started…moving.  The wind was blowing in my face, there was water along the way and encouragement not only from my friends, but from complete strangers.  And it wasn’t even pity encouragement, but genuine, motivating encouragement, which I was then able to use to internally motivate myself.
  6. Bonus:  I know I said 5 reasons, but I’m offering a bonus because I kind of like you all and really want you to do my next 5k with me.

 I’m offering one lucky reader two (2) free entries into the Omaha/Council Bluffs Color Me Rad 5k on April 26, 2014 at the Mid-America Center.

Details How to enter: Leave a comment telling me whether you would run or walk a 5K AND which color you would most like to be covered with at the end of the race.  See, super simple.  The giveaway will close on February 15, 2014 at 11:59pm CST.  I will randomly select the winner and then notify them.  The winner will then have 48 hours to claim their prize.  Oh and you have to be 19 and live in the U.S.  Sorry, Canadian friends.    

Also if you don’t win, don’t fret, Loser.  You can still use the code “Kneehigh5” to get $5 off your registration and a free pair of Color Me Rad socks.  Boom!  You’re in there.

Disclosure: I received free entry for myself and another person, along with the two entries to give away.  These goodies did not impact my opinion in any way.  Also, thanks  Color Me Rad, for partnering with Mommy Works a Lot!

And the winner is….

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  1. Nevia Washington
    February 14, 2014 / 4:27 pm

    Why? Hmmmmm I recently went to a home going service for a patient and the poem The Dash was read. From his life and that poem I realized I need to start living and doing more to enjoy life. Like you I’ve always wanted to be a runner but never put forth an effort. Running a 5k is a short term goal for me. Why not start now. My color would likely be pink/yellow. My favorite.

    • Vaneese
      February 15, 2014 / 1:23 am

      Wow. Thanks for sharing, Nevia. When I worked at a nursing home, those homegoing services ALWAYS got me to thinking in a different way about my life. Like, when it’s over, it’s over. What is it that I want to live on? And how do I want it to be while I’m still here? Ugh, the questions!!! Thanks for stopping by, Nevia and good luck!

  2. Tara
    February 14, 2014 / 7:21 pm

    I would probably run and walk the 5k. I’m not a runner, but I would definitely push myself to do so, but slow down when needed. Also, I would prefer to be colored in green, it’s my favorite!

    • Vaneese
      February 15, 2014 / 1:26 am

      Tara!! Yes, run/walk is probably the best, even though I’m definitely closest to the walking end of that spectrum! And green??! I would have taken you for a pink girl!! Good luck!!

      • Tara
        February 15, 2014 / 4:47 am

        Thanks! I’m pretty sure my 4 year old daughter would have loved it if I would have said rainbow colors are the best!

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