Friday, February 04, 2011
Running a 5k Race
Whole Foods Fun Run
Another plus to running 5k races is that most of the time you are contributing to a good cause. For instance, I recently ran in the Whole Foods Family Fun Run. The funds raised go to supporting Running School. This is a program that benefits schools and helps them get kids fit. The program promotes good nutrition, fitness and self-esteem.
After running with close to 1000 other participants I felt grateful to be a part of something bigger. I was a part of making a difference.
66-Year-Old Runner Inspires
But what stood out the most as I participated in the Whole Foods Family Fun Run was a runner named Herve Pastre. He finished in fifth place out of 562 runners. Pastre is 66 years old and ran the 5k in 18:35. An astonishing time for someone his age or any age group.
When I realized what he had done I was inspired to keep running. When I was in college I ran close to his time. I thought to myself, "If he can run that fast at 66 years of age maybe I can get my time down there." I am 37 years old. Whether or not I run that fast is not the point. The key is that I know that I can lower my time and get back in to shape if I stay dedicated to training.
So as you venture out and take on a challenge find someone who inspires you. Then dare to do it. The results may astonish you. I hope that they astonish me in a few months.