Thursday, January 23, 2014

Charleston Marathon 5k highlights and your next 5k

Well, it took us three years but we did it. We ran the 5k (3.1 miles) portion of the Charleston Marathon this past weekend and we finally managed to run an entire 5k as a family without stopping to walk (our unified time was right around 30 minutes). Starting in the first grade three years ago, this event began for us with the 1 mile run/walk and has slowly, slowly turned into an activity the whole family can enjoy together. We were not alone. One man started the run with four young boys and we picked up one of his stragglers who was happy to join our crew at a more amiable pace. Another father bolted past us with a stroller, his baby girl, and twin speakers blasting techno beats that the baby seemed well accustomed to. As the famous Nike slogan goes, whatever works for you and your family "just do it!"  These events are always ultra happy and inspire a sense of community as well as pride in your individual accomplishment. My boys are always awed by the 70plus crowd who run with ease and they, in turn, are inspired to see little up and comers starting to make their own mark in the field of running.

Looking for some great upcoming runs to jog/run/walk/or push a stroller to? Here's a list of some local 5ks that we support and recommend. PMK tips: 1) Look at your calendar and pick runs attached to charities that you wish to support so you can pick one or two that won't break your budget. Running as a family can get costly when you add up the entrance fees, good running shoes, and the obligatory brunch following the event! 2) Check the registration dates as they stagger the payment hikes. 3) Look at the course map prior to the race so you are prepared for bridges and hills. 4) Locate the race packet pick up spot beforehand so you don't miss your pick up and locate the race start and plan time for parking prior to the race.

5ks you just might fall in love with:
  1. This Saturday, January 25th at 8:30am!  2014 Charlie Post Classic 15k/5k - This 5k winds it's way through Sullivan's Island and makes for a beautiful course. (*online registration closes tonight at midnight but you can still register in person at Fleet Feet Sports in Mt. Pleasant) click here for all the details courtesy Charleston Running Club.
  2. The MUSC Heart and Vascular Center Go Red Run Heart 5k Run and Walk- Saturday February 1st, 2014 -9am - Located at the Charleston Harbor Resort at Patriots Point. According to the American Heart Association " Heart disease and stroke are the #1 cause of death in South Carolina." A healthy lifestyle can help to wage a war to combat that statistic. This run is in support of Go Red for Women which "promotes awareness of heart disease as the #1 cause of death among women." (sources: MUSC and American Heart Association) click here for details
  3. Sunday March 2, 2014 5k run at Oakland Plantation 12:30-4:00pm - This trail run and oyster roast benefits East Cooper Land Trust and offers a fun family event complete with jump castle, face painting and other activities for kids. click here for more details and registration.
  4. Catch the Leprechaun on Thursday March 13th, 2014 at 6:30pm- Benefiting Pattison's Academy, this 5k starts at the Mt. Pleasant Memorial Waterfront Park and works it's way over to Patriots Point and back. This run is lots of fun and finishes with a band and dinner and drinks. visit this site for more info. 

Pick a goal or two and local causes to support as you work your way toward longer runs. *As with any exercise, consult your family doctor and/or pediatrician to make a plan for your level of fitness. This Hal Higdon 5k plan can help you train safely.

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