Spring opens up a marathon of fitness opportuities

By Lauren Wiltshire | 2/17/13 7:16pm

It’s hard to believe spring is already around the corner. While this means sunshine, warmer temperatures and no icy roads (thank goodness) it also means we can get outside and exercise.

I have seen a great increase over the past two years of really awesome and interactive marathons, or races. They are generally affordable and you can almost always find one close to you. I ran my first 10k on Thanksgiving, for $35—super cheap and I felt super accomplished after I completed. The initial costs usually include a medal and T-shirt, too. I did some research and recapped what exactly I found on upcoming events.

Take a look at opportunities near you, and get motivated to try one out:

- If you are interested in testing the waters for a triathlon, Grand Valley State University’s Triathlon club is hosting an event, April 7 on GVSU’s Allendale Campus, called Tri-a-tri and it only costs $20.

- On April 13, Grand Rapids will be hosting an all-girl race. The race will offer ranges from 5k to half marathon. It encouraged girls to accomplish a set goal and motivate each other. The registration fee is $75 and all proceeds will benefit charities.

- The ever-so-famous Color Run will be taking place in Grand Rapids this August—August 3, to be exact. If you don’t know what the color run is, here are some details. It is a 5k held all across America. Runners come dressed in all white and while running they get paint splattered and thrown at them by other runners and run through something like a paint shower. It makes the race seem short and encourages everyone to be more active. Registration is $40.

- Another very similar race that will be held in Grand Rapids is “Color Me Rad.” It will be held on our one and only Allendale Campus and only costs $30 to register before March. Held on April 20, the best thing about this race is that proceeds benefit Helen Devos Children’s Hospital! How could you not help those cute babies?

- If you don’t feel ready or capable of running one of these races, check out the “Couch to 5k” program. I have seen several posts of the régime on Pinterest and it also comes up when you Google. This program will get you in shape and is meant for people training from scratch.

The point of this post is to keep you active and looking forward to new experiences! These races put a twist on your normal run. It keeps the race short and encourages groups of friends to run together- which is even better because you can hold each other accountable for training! While we may not all be natural runners, the important thing is to get moving. I know in this yucky weather sleeping, watching movies, and reading sounds great, but just by registering and getting out of bed, you will have a burst of energy

—don’t ever sell yourself short, because you all can do anything you put your mind to!

“Every accomplishment starts with the decision to try.” –Author unknown

Want to share your own tips, tricks or ideas about staying healthy in college? Email lwiltshire@lanthorn.com and let us know what you think.

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