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The GOTR Atlanta 5K: 3 Months and Counting (Giveaway Post)

February 1, 2010

Today marks two critical points in the year:

  1. The day that many of us begin to lose steam on our New Year’s fitness resolutions. It’s true – statistics show that the majority of us fall off our New Years goals by Feb. 1! Haven’t you noticed that the gym is just a little emptier these days?
  2. The offical 3-month mark to the Girls on the Run of Atlanta 5K on Saturday, May 1, 2010, at 8 a.m. near West Stride in Buckhead!!!

Here is our challenge to you: commit TODAY to running the GOTR 5K! Even if you’ve never run 3 miles before, there is PLENTY of time to ramp up. You have nothing to lose and everything to gain – solidify those New Year’s goals and support one of Atlanta’s most life-changing programs for girls.

And, for the next week, GOTR Atlanta will give you even more to gain by offering a GOTR cap or New Balance bag to two people who register for the race AND comment on this post. (Drawing will take place on Monday, Feb. 8.)

Registration for the 5K opens today, Feb. 1, on

Ready to commit but not sure how to follow through? Luckily there are a myriad of 5K training plans out there from which to choose, whether you’re running your first mile, your first race, or going for a new Personal Record. Here are a few beginner training plans that we specifically recommend:

The Couch to 5K Running Plan breaks each individual 20-30 minute workout (yes, that’s it, and only 3 times per week – you can do this!) into chunks – such as 5 minutes of brisk walking alternated with 1 min of jogging, etc. I often find that segmenting a workout makes the time go much faster!

Hal Higdon’s Training for your First 5K is a very basic 2-month training plan that is easy to follow and even easier to stick to! It does assume the ability to start off with a 1.5-mile run, but if you need to start slower he also offers a Walking Plan.

Jeff Galloway’s 5K Training Plan offers a famous and intriguing training style – the run/walk. Galloway’s method is used by runners of all ages and abilities. In fact, GOTR Atlanta’s executive director, Sue Payne,  swears by the method – she has run 2 marathons, one using the Galloway method and one not using it – and got a faster time when she did the run/walk!

These are only 3 of the numerous training options available to you. In a nutshell, as of today, you have no excuse not to sign up for the GOTR 5K!

Look for our next countdown to the GOTR 5K on March 1!

5 Comments leave one →
  1. Susan permalink
    February 1, 2010 4:38 pm

    This will be my third GOTR 5K! It is my favorite run in Atlanta because of the young girls who never cease to amaze me.

  2. Stephanie G permalink
    February 2, 2010 10:57 am

    Being a Running Buddy to these girls is such an awesome and inspiring experience. This is a perfect first time run for beginners so signup and join the fun.

  3. February 2, 2010 11:38 am

    I had such a blast running the last GOTR 5K . I recognized some of my own childhood fears in the girls. Encouraging those around me to run 3 miles was both heart-warming and grounding. Such a wonderful way to run a race!

  4. Jen F. permalink
    February 4, 2010 10:52 am

    Volunteering as a Running Buddy in the 5K is a life changing experience. It is so inspiring to see these girls cross the finish line…the determination it took to get them there…to see the pride they had in themselves and the pride their families had for them.
    Everything we are capable of stems from the ability to believe in yourself. Being involved in an organization that gives this gift has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life.


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