Are you still working on putting together your New Year’s resolutions list? Is getting fit in the New Year on that list? How about travel, enjoying life, or have you ditched the list already and plan to pick and choose your resolutions as you go along! If “get fit” was on your list, you will find an abundance of ways to push your fitness limits (inside and outside of the gym) whether you are a seasoned athlete or a fitness beginner. Training for and running in a 5k, half, or full marathon will certainly test you. On the other hand, you can get even crazier with a mud run! There is no better motivation than signing up for a race.
5K Races, Marathons and ½ marathons
Here at Fox Hill, we love 5k races for many reasons. First, a 5k race (around 3.1 miles) is a realistic goal for everyone. You can begin training about seven weeks before a race and devote about 3 days per week for training. Some of the training health benefits include raising your heart rate, lowering your blood pressure and relieving stress all while toning your glutes and abs! Of course, you want to ease into getting in shape. Start slowly, alternate between walking and running for equal intervals of distance. During the training weeks, gradually decrease your walking time each week and eventually you will be able to run up to 30 minutes consecutively.
Deciding which training schedule to set for yourself will keep you motivated and focused instead of making excuses not to visit the gym. To keep you going – post your training schedule at work, on your refrigerator, or on your phone calendar. We recommend the Active online site for training schedules and steps for 5k beginners to marathon running get their Couch to 5K training Guide
Because a 5K is a relatively shorter race, runners find that they can really tap into their adrenaline. Even if you train at a very slow pace (and hey, there is nothing wrong with that) chances are that the thrill and excitement of race day will pump you up and keep you going.
Lastly, by helping yourself you can help others, too. Since 5k’s are such a realistic goal, many charities and non-profit organizations have adopted them as fundraisers and community events. A few of the races we are looking forward to are listed below:
February 23 – 9am-12pm – Waynesboro
A battle awaits you at Coyner Springs Park as homage is paid to the City’s namesake, General “Mad” Anthony Wayne, with the 8th Annual Mad Anthony Mud Run! All finishers will be awarded a custom-made Mud Run Medal as a reward for battlefield victory.
April 13 – 9 am – Brownsburg
A point-to-point race in slightly hilly terrain through farmland, crossing Hays Creek on various occasions and arriving at Wade’s Mill. Awards and activities will take place at the Finish. Shuttle buses will return runners to the start of the race. The top three male and female finishers will receive prizes. The top three in all age groups will receive medals. Proceeds benefit the community projects and events the Brownsburg Community Association supports.
– September 21 – Buena Vista
(5k Night time “Glow Run and Walk” and half-marathon) All proceeds support end-of-life patient and family care so that everyone who needs hospice services has access to care, regardless of the ability to pay.
(Marathon, Half Marathon, 5K)
Saturday, October 19, 2019, McKethan Park Lexington, VA The seven-mile Chessie Trail parallels the scenic Maury River and connects Lexington, Virginia, with Buena Vista. You’ll run through an ever-changing landscape along the wild Maury River, through farmland and leafy canopies at their peak of fall color, past ruins of massive stone locks and dams.
To get your feet really moving, you are going to need a great pair of running shoes! We recommend a visit to the Lex Running Shop, located in the heart of downtown Lexington. They offer quality running shoes, apparel, accessories, and nutrition for fitness enthusiasts of all abilities. Their trained staff will take the time to lead you through the proper shoe fitting process. Alternatively, if you are in the Staunton area, make a visit to the Sole Focus Running Store. They are a “run, walk, be active shop”. They too offer personalized shoe fitting services.
One of our favorite acronyms is DNF > DNS. Simply put, it means that it is better to attempt and fail than to not try at all. A DNF (Did Not Finish) Is Greater Than a DNS (Did Not Start). We have on occasion come out of the starting gate full of race day adrenaline, only to lose our steam towards the finish line. We never quit, we just walked rather than ran over the finish line! DNF > DNS!
If you are a YMCA member, you will be able to get in pre or post workout at the Rockbridge Area YMCA. You can make use of their full circuit room, free weight equipment, plus treadmills and elliptical machines.
Have we motivated you? We would love to see many of you enjoying our local races! Pick a race, book a suite, and of course, we would love to see you show off your race medal at breakfast the next day!!!!