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The Next Challenge…It’s Time to Lace Up Your Shoes

Just look at all of those beautiful red faces! These are some of the dedicated, motivated runners who joined us on the first challenge.

It’s time for the next Red Faced Runners Challenge. Whether you joined us on the last challenge, or you’re someone who hasn’t run a step since junior high gym class, we want you to join us on this next challenge. This has grown to be an amazing group of people who support each other through every walk or run, celebrating our accomplishments or commiserating with each other on the difficult days.

And now we want to bring even more people into the group.

If you’re convinced that you could never run a 5k, or you’re certain that you couldn’t run one second faster or longer, then I beg you to hop over and read Cindy’s (our coach and fellow red-faced runner) motivating and informative post that she wrote for my blog at the kick-off to the first challenge.

Let’s get down to the nitty-gritty of the second challenge. It’s a two-parter!

The 5k:
Do you find yourself telling the same story every year when the holidays roll around? You eat too many sweets, you stop exercising and everyone but you is on your priority list. Not this year, my friends!

This year, we want each of you to take a few minutes several times each week to take care of YOU! Embrace the cooler air, pull on some of those cute fall and winter running clothes available at your local running store, and start training for the next 5k.

Local running calendars are filled with turkey trots and fall harvest runs. On the weekend of November 17th, we will all join together once more to run a 5k race in our towns and cities (or around your own neighborhoods).

If you haven’t ever trained for a 5k, be sure to check out Cindy’s printable 5k Training Plan (it’s a walk/run program).

Here are a couple of sites that are helpful for finding local runs:
Running in the U.S.A.
Running Room (U.S. and Canada)
Running Races in Canada

Share the love:
Of course, this is optional, but could be more fun than you think!

As Cindy said the other day, this is the season to “share the love, sweat and (happy) tears…bring a friend into running”. You might be surprised by how many people are inspired by your new running lifestyle. And I’ll bet you anything that one or two of them would jump at the chance to join you, but may not have the courage to do it without some encouragement.

It doesn’t mean that you have to physically run together (though that’s pretty great, too). Maybe you decide to send each other daily text messages to keep each other motivated, or you may want to meet for one of your weekly workouts. However you decide to work it, staying accountable to each other can help both of you reach your goals.

What do you say?
So what do you say? Let’s beat those holiday exercise blues together. Let’s spread the red-faced love.

We’re excited to take on this challenge with all of you!

Remember to keep us updated on your progress on the Twitter hashtag #RFR5k and/or on the Red Faced Runners Facebook page.

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kelley {mountain mama cooks} - September 17, 2012 - 8:30 am

I’m so in on the next one. Can’t wait to join you gals!!!

Amy @ The Nifty Foodie - September 17, 2012 - 8:39 am

I’m SO in! :-) I’m signed up for another two 5K races (one next month and one in the winter), so I’m stoked this challenge is happening again!

Katrina @ In Katrina's Kitchen - September 17, 2012 - 8:42 am

Let’s DO this thing!!!

Amy - September 17, 2012 - 8:47 am

Looking forward to seeing what races are in my area. AND the cooler weather too! ;)

Sarah - September 17, 2012 - 9:05 am

Very excited for another challenge and I plan on getting my mom more involved. She was recently bitten by the run bug and can never find time – Now I’m her motivation to get going!

Kristi - September 17, 2012 - 10:09 am

I’m in too! Wasn’t able to participate in the first challenge, but will be doing this one! Can’t wait to see how much I can overcome in 9 weeks!!

Karyn - September 17, 2012 - 10:36 am

I’m just getting into running… So far, so good. I’m marking this goal to shoot for! It seems so unreachable at this point, but I’m gonna push and push!

Cindy @ Once Upon a Loaf - September 17, 2012 - 10:47 am

Absolutely! I’m going to be running for max fun this November while I recover from the New York City Marathon, then start training for the Boston Marathon April 2013. Anyone want a running partner? ;) Here we go again!

Sarah - September 17, 2012 - 10:51 am

I am in! I am running my first 5k on October 14th!

Southern Gal - September 17, 2012 - 11:21 am

No races in my area then, but I’ll run my neighborhood with a friend. I’ll also be happy for cooler weather. My first 5K in August was HOT and in the afternoon. I’m a morning runner so I’m hoping my next race will be much easier. ;)

Kim - September 17, 2012 - 12:14 pm

I’m in! Will defiently need you all after I complete my first half Oct 7!

Lindsay - September 17, 2012 - 12:35 pm

Woohoo! I’m already planning on doing a Turkey Trot 5k on Thanksgiving, but why not throw in another one the weekend before?! It’ll be a good break for my legs from the long runs I’m doing to train for my half in December. :) So excited for the new challenge & hopefully lots of new people join in!

Sylvia - September 17, 2012 - 12:55 pm

PERFECT timing! I started C25K two weeks ago (messed around last week..getting back to it) and this is just what I need to keep it moving. I’m so excited to join in.

Carolyn - September 17, 2012 - 4:12 pm

Love it. I am scheming who I can “bring” to running. Husband was already a runner, but he’s gotten better and stronger with my encouragement. Does he count?

Christina - September 17, 2012 - 11:25 pm

So awesome. I’m challenging myself to a 10k that weekend with 2 friends. anyone else uping it to a 10k?

Sarah @ Will Run for Pasta - September 17, 2012 - 11:28 pm

I’m in, I’m in!! Still looking for a race in my area but I’m doing it!

Charlotte - September 18, 2012 - 9:32 am

I’m in – I’m training to run 5K on Dec 1st (Santa Shuffle).

beth greene - September 20, 2012 - 5:34 am

I’m so in! And I can’t wait!

Christine - September 24, 2012 - 6:13 pm

I’m running in a 5k the weekend of November 10th. It’s the Old Village Harbor 5K. I’ll also be participating in 2 more in October. One being Race for the Cure. Thanks again for everyone’s encouragement and helpful information posted on this site. I’m getting so addicted to running, I practically read October’s addition of Runner’s World in two days!

Sue - October 1, 2012 - 4:01 pm

I am running my first 5K Saturday! I am very excited!

Amy - October 26, 2012 - 9:16 am

How handy. Your next challenge is the weekend of the half marathon I’m already registered for. :) I’m in!
Route 66 Half Marathon, Tulsa, OK 11/18/12

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