Running events have been one of the most popular public fitness related activities in history. I would say that swimming is probably right in there as well. Yet, of all those thousands of participants, over time immemorial you haven’t been one of them. Oh, perhaps you started a training program and intended to sign up for a 10k, but after a few weeks slogging along the road at 6:30 in the morning it just wasn’t that fun. It could be that you are an old hand at Bloomsday and it’s just not holding it’s appeal anymore. Been there, done that.
If only there were a way to look forward to an event with excitement, pure fun, ridiculousness, or even a little danger? That’s currently one of the fastest growing movements in the business of exercise. Theme events. From charity runs with doughnuts(best rest area ever) to insane adventure runs, these events put less emphasis on time and effort and more on fun and accomplishment.
Here are a few events to throw that much needed wrinkle into your straight and steady workout programs:
Training can get stale, whether it is running 5 days a week, or strength training regularly. Switching it up often can be helpful, but sometimes we just need something to look forward to. Most training blogs or articles (including ours) tend to focus on sets, reps, loading techniques, technical form tweaks, and other serious fitness topics. That’s all good, however, as insane or as silly as these events might be, I think they all come from a similar premise which I tend to agree with. Physical fitness should be an enjoyable part of life and these events can certainly be part of that lifestyle.
Me and my iPhone - This week has been Crystal Method Pandora station. Got some good runs in, including one with the nephew which was fun, I won’t say who got home first. Kettlebells and more kettlebells!