Here at the Menlo House, August is all about self-empowerment. Some co-workers and I decided to take that mission to heart and signed up for a 10k called the Lantern Run. Organized out of Redondo Beach, the Lantern Run is an affordable, easy way to break into the long distance game. For the past few months we’ve been training 2-3 times a week, and while the journey was harder than we expected at times, we all finished strong.
“This was my first time doing any kind of run, but I am so glad I did it,” says Michelle from Member Experience. “ I was able to get healthier and hang out with some friends at the same time. The Lantern Run was really laid back, too. You weren’t pressured to finish under any certain time, and that was great.”
“This was my second 10k, but it still took a lot of work to get back into running shape,” says Toby from Member Experience. “It’s always tough starting out, but you just keep going at it and everything gets easier. I don’t like running by itself, but running with friends and having a goal in mind helped a lot. I think anyone can do this if they try and put in the effort.”
There are tons of races (5ks, 10ks, half marathons and more) that happen all over the country throughout the year. If you’re interested in trying one out, pick a shorter race and choose a date then start training. Even running for 30 minutes a day can relieve stress, help fight disease, and increase your lifespan, so it’s a great way to feel better. If you’re anything like I was, even thinking about running a 10k is terrifying, but don’t let your fear hold you back – you can do it! Try hitting a few laps a week and you’ll see the benefits in no time.