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New Year's Resolution: Run a 5K

The DC area is full of runners and running events.

New Year's Resolution: Run a 5K New Year's Resolution: Run a 5K

Running is an inexpensive and flexible way to keep a New Year's resolution to get more active or lose a few pounds. The DC area is lucky to have great outdoor running options and plenty of events to train toward if you need a deadline to help you meet your goal.

The Mayor Clinic offers a free online training schedule developed by Olympian Jeff Galloway to get you 5K run ready in just seven weeks, even if you are a beginner. A 5K run is 3.1 miles.

"Don't be daunted by the distance. A 5K run is a great distance for a beginner, and you can prepare for a 5K run in just two months," according to the Mayo Clinic website.

With the training schedule in-hand, you can pick a local race seven or eight weeks in the future and start working toward your goal.

Here's a list of several local 5K races that might be interesting to you:

Or if you want to train for a longer race:

And if you need a little companionship to make sure you put in the miles, local running and fitness shops often have group running options each week. PACERS in Fairfax City offers long runs every Saturday.

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