Wednesday, January 25, 2012

5K a month in 2012

One of my new year's resolution fitness goals is to participate in at least one 5K a month.  This started a month early in December of 2011 when my brother and I participated in the "4th Annual Life Without Pain 5K" benefiting Quest to Cure, a sickle cell anemia foundation.  It was one of the smaller runs I've participated in, but fun nonetheless.  It was a nice course through Paseo Park in Glendale, AZ.  It was the first 5K that I did since I've been sick, over a year!.  It was great to be outdoor and active again!

My brother and me getting ready for the race
Later on in the month (yep, I did two in December!) I participated in the "Iron Girl 5K" in Scottsdale, AZ.   The course kicked my butt!  It was so hilly!  I definitely earned my medal that day.  My legs were killing me the next day, but it was worth it.  

Really good post race food - breakfast burritos!  Yum!

This month (January)  I've also ran two 5K's.  The first one was the "8th Annual Run To Remember" benefiting the Arizona Concerns of Police Survivors Organization.  It was held in Buckeye in the gorgeous community of Verrado.  There was quite a turnout for this one! It was nice to see so many people getting together for such a worthy cause.

My second 5K was the "4th Annual Family Fitness 5K" benefiting a middle and elementary school in Chandler.  There was a woman handing out flyers for this 5K at the Iron Girl race.  She was so nice that I signed up!  Great course, flat around a neighborhood and a park in Chandler.  And all finishers received a medal!  

I love getting medals :-)

Look at me go! I'm the girl in the blue top.

I'm trying to schedule races for the rest of the year, but haven't gotten very far.  In February I will be participating in the "Arizona Half Marathon and 5K" in Scottsdale.  In March there is the "Kiss Me I'm Irish 4K, 8K, and 17K" in Glendale.  And April brings my favorite run, "Pat's Run" in Tempe.

Starting in May  I will be looking for 5K's further north in Sedona, Flagstaff, Prescott to get throughout the Arizona summer.  Then it will be back to the valley in the Fall!

Do any of you participate in 5K runs/walks?  Which ones are your favorites?  Anyone want to join me in any this year? 


  1. Impressive! I still have never done a formal, sponsored 5K. No medals for me. I'll change that this year. Thanks for the inspiration.

  2. Way to go Tya! I had thought about that type of goal a few years ago but it never materialized because I realized I didn't have a LOVE of running. But I will totally join you for a couple this year! So fun!

  3. Thank you for the great comments! ((HUGS)) :-)

  4. Awesome goal! And here I thought one 5K a year was good! HA!! I'm inspired!

  5. Tya, have you seen this one (although it looks like you're already doing one in Feb)? I'm thinking about it.