My friend, Kaitlin, recently told me about a unique 5k challenge! Kaitlin’s friend Meg, founder of Spark Behavior, is running a 5k virtual training program with a culminating run to “spark challengers around the nation to walk, run, skip or crawl their way to their first or fastest 5K.”
This Change It 5k is a creative approach to the increasingly popular virtual run, as this challenge will also have a 5 week virtual training plan for athletes to track their workouts and motivate/inspire other participants! As someone who has blogged for many years, I can speak firsthand about how important the virtual running community has been to me. I have learned so much from other runners around the globe and we have supported each other in our challenges and successes. In many ways, it’s like another family! Imagine the camaradarie participants will feel as they, perhaps, embark on their first 5k; a lifestyle change; sparking a new behavior; all while working towards a common goal.
Workouts will be tracked through active.com’s FREE trainer. Once your profile has been set up, you can begin to connect with Coach Meg and the other challengers. You will receive weekly training programs, tips, and feedback. For many of us, who already have a means for tracking our runs (i.e. dailymile), this may seem like yet another thing to do, but by taking a few extra minutes to input your workout on active.com you might be able to motivate and encourage that one runner…or many (new and veteran)!
On the weekend of April 21st and 22nd, you will participate in your own virtual 5k. This can be a 5k that you personally register for, and race. Or, you can simply go for a 5k run from your front door! On Sunday afternoon, a “post-race party” will be held on Spark’s facebook page, so we can celebrate our accomplishment.
Even if you are training to run a different race (like me), this is a great motivation to stay on track and encourage someone else.
The first day of virtual training begins Sunday, March 18th. To get all the details and instructions, email Coach Meg: firstname.lastname@example.org
Also, join their facebook page for articles and posts about each challengers progress.
Do this with a friend, a group, or go solo. But, do this to spark positive behavior!