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5 For 5: The Surprising Power Of The 5K

5 For 5: The Surprising Power Of The 5K

By Geoff Robison | In Fitness | on May 8, 2018

5 For 5: The Surprising Power Of The 5K 

Since the road-running revolution of the late 1970s, the 5K (3.1 mile) race has become a major backbone of almost every active community in America. More than just free t-shirts and tote-bags, these relatively short races offer a chance to get outside and most importantly, get active!

On Sunday, April 22nd, local NOVA residents can experience a 5K – for a charitable cause. Sponsored by the training experts at Custom Kinetics, the 14th Annual VES 5K will be held at Vienna Elementary in Vienna, VA. The best part: all proceeds from the race go directly toward student programs at VES.

Need more convincing? Here’s 5 quick “pros” of a 5K.


  1. The “Gateway Distance”

When running novices ask, “what race should I run first?” the answer is almost always “a 5K.”

At just 3.1 miles, a 5k can be a terrific way to get a better understanding of your unique running style and preferences – without the training or time commitment of a larger race like a 10k or half marathon. Simply put: 5Ks are user-friendly enough for just about anyone.


  1. Competition

If you’ve never run in an actual race before, you’re in for a treat with a 5k.

Most 5k races like the are inherently fun and light-hearted – but that doesn’t mean you aren’t encouraged to impress yourself! The VES 5k is the best of both worlds – an open course, a good cause, and a friendly atmosphere. There’s hardly a better environment to shoot for a new personal best.


  1. Confidence Boost

There’s a reason why the saying “crossing the finish line” is used so frequently – it’s a good thing.

No matter how hard you train or prepare for a 5K, not much can prepare you for the gratification of finishing the race. The simple satisfaction of setting a goal and achieving it cannot be overlooked.


  1. The Perfect Race?

There’s more to a 5K than just a mental pick-me-up. According to the sports science experts at FiveThirtyEight, 5Ks have a tangible physical benefit, too.

Running researchers found that an even a modest 5K training routine is enough to see the tangible benefits of running like decreased BMI, increased cardiovascular function, and better respiratory health – without the increased risk of injury brought on by “marathon-style” mileage.


  1. Recover. Recover

One of the best parts of a 5k? The recovery period.

Unlike marathons, half-marathons, or even a 10K, the time it takes after a 5K for your muscles to feel “normal” again is relatively short. Even if you are inexperienced runner, you likely won’t be clinging to the couch for the days following the race. Instead of lasting soreness, you can simply enjoy the memory of the race.


See For Yourself

Think a 5K might be right for you?

Run, have fun, and support a worthy cause. Contact Custom Kinetics to find out when they are participating in local 5K races!



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