Hey there! I am Kayla, a portrait photographer here in Fort Morgan, CO. I am a momma to two young and busy boys who love to get out and explore. I married my high school sweetheart in 2008 and we have made our journey from the southwest corner of beautiful Colorado all the way here at the end of 2016. Along the way we have lived in some beautiful and amazing places and have made life long friends. I have a passion for all things creative and I am usually deep in thought about my next project! I love to sew, scrapbook, and knit, but you wont find me refinishing furniture anytime soon because I have found that is not the craft for me! If you see me on the street say “hey!” because I love a good conversation!
Morgan County Blog #1 May 2, 2017
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5k Success in 8 Simple Steps
It’s almost summer. The shorts get shorter as the days get longer, and outdoor activities – activities that are more fun if you’re fit– abound. In addition, a number of Northeastern Colorado nonprofits host 5k (or longer) races throughout the summer and fall. By signing up for and running one or more of these races, you can rock those short shorts, enjoy a plethora of summer activities, and support some great causes, all at the same time. Even if you haven’t run since high school gym class, don’t fret: you can complete – and enjoy— these races by following just a few simple steps.
- Register early. If you pay for a race, you’re much more likely to stick with the training. Most local races are fairly affordable ($20-$30, generally), but no one likes to waste money. A financial commitment serves as motivation to lace up and get moving.
- Find a training plan. The balance between not training enough and training too much (i.e. getting injured) can be a tricky one. Luckily for you, the Internet is chock-full of free training plans. Couch to 5k is one of the best for beginners. Runners with more experience might want to check out the free plans on Runners World or Hal Higdon’s website. These are generic plans, of course, but they will help you reach the starting line prepared and uninjured.
- Schedule your training. Now that you have a plan, make time to follow it. Decide what time works for you — early mornings? lunch? after work? – and block out that time for your workouts. Schedule them just like you would any other appointment – and don’t cancel them unless you absolutely must.
- Gear up. One great thing about running is that it’s relatively inexpensive. You don’t need a ton of fancy gear or a gym membership to run. You should, however, invest in a good pair of shoes. It’s best if you can go to a specialty running store (like Bell’s Running in Greeley or Runner’s Roost in Denver/Fort Collins) to have an expert help you find shoes for your stride, experience, and mechanics. Good shoes are worth their weight in gold when it comes to injury prevention. If you’re a woman, you’ll also want to invest in a couple of good sports bras. Without a good bra, running can be pure misery. Other than those two essentials, all you need is some comfortable, breathable workout gear, which you likely already have – like those yoga pants that have never been to yoga or the basketball shorts that have never seen the court.
- Train. Obviously, once you’ve done the preparation, you’ve got to put in the mileage! Follow your plan, and stick with it through the hard days – you’ll get stronger, and running will get easier and more enjoyable as you train.
- Be confident. I assure you, no one at that race is judging you. The running community’s greatest asset is its supportiveness. Whether you run a 15-minute mile or a 5-minute mile, everyone understands that you’re pushing to the best of your ability – and everyone supports you. So support yourself, too. You’ve done the training. You’re ready for this. Embrace it (and add to the camaraderie by cheering on your fellow athletes).
- Race! Push yourself. See what your body can do.
- Revel in your accomplishment. You did it! Regardless of your time, finishing a 5k is something to be proud of, so celebrate! Drink that free post-race beer, take a cheesy selfie and post it on your Facebook, or simply bask in the glow of your achievement.
At the end of the race, when you think back to where you were when you started this process and compare that to where you are after the race, you’ll have much to be proud of. Maybe you won’t be wearing short shorts, but you will be fitter, stronger, and more confident than you were at the beginning. And you’ll be supporting a great local cause by running one of these local races. So is there really a reason not to sign up?
Check out the website for Discover Northeast Colorado to keep up with events in the area.
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