Run Forest Run!

Well now that the semester is over with at school and I no longer have to have 2 posts a week, I still wanted to keep this blog running because I enjoy writing about health and fitness even if some people might already know about a certain topic I am writing about.

You can probably tell this post is about running which you are correct. I used to hate running and now I have grown to love it and I am not sure why. I guess it helps get my mind off of things and relieves a lot of stress. I now run about 10-20 miles a week now and I have been preparing myself for MANY 5k races this summer which next weekend will be my third 5K race.

If you are interested in running any races be sure to check out this site that shows all the upcoming races in Iowa

Upcoming ones I will be Participating in:
1. The Wild 5K (May 24)
2. Race for the Cure 5k (June 14)
3. Moonlight Chase 4 Miles (July 12)
4. BIX 7 *Maybe* 7 Miles (July 26)
Those are just a few…. I’d like to do more.

So how do you get into running ? Easy. Anyone can be a runner you just have to take it one step at a time.

All you need are some good running shoes, comfy workout clothes and a place to run whether its outside or inside on a treadmill.

  • If you are new to running, start out by walking. If your body isn’t used to running all the time, take it slow and start off by walking. If you feel you want to run, first walk a few minutes so your legs get stretched out then start to jog after those few minutes.
  • Keep a Running Log: For the past few years every workout I do, I log how long I workout and what I did and how far I have gone.  You don’t need to buy an expensive workout planner, all you need is a notebook and a pen. Track down how far you went (its good to have a pedometer or some sort of fitness app that tracks your steps and/or distance)- Product I use: FitBit to track my distance/steps.
    A great website I also use to track my workouts is: Running-Log.comDefinitely a great site that you can keep track of your workouts. Keeps me motivated too to see how well I am doing.
  • Good Music to run to: Its always good to have music going while you run especially up-beat music. The faster the song the better. A pumped up song makes you want to run compared to a slow song. Keep the volume down lower though especially when running outside so you can hear things around you.
  • Wear Comfy Running Shoes: You want to make sure you invest in a good pair of running shoes to help keep you from an injury. You want to make sure you have comfy running shoes if you are going to be running all the time. Go somewhere and get your feet fitted properly for the right shoe. Here is a great article to read by Runners World that shows how to pick the right shoe for you!
  • Stay Hydrated: Make sure you drink plenty of water before and after your run. Drink at least 16 ounces of water before your run an hour before

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“RUN often. RUN long. But never outrun your joy of running.” – Julie Isphording

Run all over Iowa

A new year means a whole new year of races that will take place all over Iowa. Whether its a one mile race or a marathon, Iowa has a variety of different races that anyone can be a part of that will be spread out throughout the year.

Color Run

I myself have decided to start running more races this year and I am glad to have found out how many races there are among Iowa that I can register and run for, which many are for a good cause so why not participate in a race and have the money you register with go to a good cause? Its not a competition for me, I just enjoy the race and am happy to be a part of it. Plus its exercise which is even better.

So where are all of these races located at? The Cornbelt Running Club has a huge list of all the races that will be taking place all over the state of Iowa throughout the 2014 year. Be sure to check it out to see if any are in your area.


Click here for Nearby Races.

Some of the ones I am really looking forward to in my area which is in the Quad Cities as well as one in Iowa City are:

1. St. Patrick’s Day 5K Race– March 15 @ 10:00 a.m.
Located in Davenport Iowa
Registration Cost $40.00

2. Black and Gold Fun Run (Color Your Campus) 5K Race– April 12 @ 10:00 a.m.
Located in Iowa City, Iowa (Hubbard Park)
Registration Cost $40 per person or Team Registration $35.00
What makes this run fun? You are to wear ALL WHITE and by the end of the race you will be covered in Black & Gold by getting covered in colorful cornstarch.
Charity? A portion of the proceeds from this event will benefit University of Iowa Children’s Hospital through the University of Iowa Foundation

3. Race for the Cure- Susan B Komen 5k Race– June 14 @ 8:00 a.m.
Located in Moline, Illinois
Registration Cost $30.00
Benefits of this race: The Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure® Series is the world’s largest and most successful fundraising and education event for breast cancer ever created. Your participation in this event helps us provide significant funds and bring awareness about breast cancer to our local community. Whether you walk, run, volunteer or donate, your support is helping us save lives and provide priceless support to those in need.

4. The Color Run 5k Race– July 12
Located in Des Moines, Iowa
Registration Cost: TBA
This race is just like the Color your Campus run but getting covered in a variety of different colors!

Those are just a few of the races that I will like to be a part of and there are MANY different runs that are available and I too most likely will also be participating in besides these 4. Besides the Color Run there is also a run that is called “Color Me Rad” that also will be in the Quad Cities but not until fall 2014. Be sure to check out those websites as well that I will list for you to check out to see if they will be in your area.

It’s a new year. Try something new. Get out and run and help out your city.

Color Me Rad 5k Race
Run or Dye 5k Race
Color Vibe 5k Race
Glow Run 5k Race

List of all the Races Among Iowa