A First Time ‘Crimmer’ Gets Ready for his 5K Race
Written by Bob Minasian, first time Crim runner
Physical activity has always been a part of my life. By the time I was four I was playing baseball and remained active in sports including football, wrestling and jogging outdoors. More recently, I discovered that I really enjoyed the benefits of running. For me, it’s not just a way to manage my weight. It’s a freeing exercise that happens to keep me healthy. So, when I heard about the HAP Crim Festival of Races, I was interested.
Inspired by Bobby Crim
After some research, I decided the Crim would be perfect for my first 5K run. I read that Bobby Crim started a 10-mile race in 1977 to support the Special Olympics. This effort grew into the Crim Foundation – an organization dedicated to keeping the community healthy and well. I think that’s incredible. This cause is near and dear to me, and it made me want to participate in the Crim and do my part. Plus, it would be a great opportunity to train more intensely toward a goal. And there’s a personal connection. My daughter, Noelle, works for HAP, the title sponsor of the Crim.
Why I Run
I’m 60. And I’ve had some health scares related to weight gain and high blood pressure. Physical activity is a way for me to get my health back on track. I do have a weekly exercise routine, but I also know that exercise can be almost anything that keeps me moving. It doesn’t just have to be running around a track or hopping on an elliptical at the gym.
Keeping fitness fresh
I try to switch up my workouts and get in some activity throughout the day while I’m working. Some of the strategies that work for me:
- I combat sitting most of the day by using a stand-up desk for a couple of hours each day.
- I try to take five-minute mental breaks each hour, during which I do calisthenics such as push-ups, squats, lunges and leg lifts.
- I get out every once in a while. Running outdoors is one of my favorite activities. Not only does it get me out of the office, but it also gives me a chance to experience nature’s beauty and take in some fresh air.
- I vary my running routine and rotate my workouts to avoid boredom. I usually jog a steady pace for three to four miles a day, then do sprints on other days (at my age, not so speedy). Weight lifting and calisthenics are also part of my routine. And all of this helps improve my stamina.
Getting Ready for the Race
I believe my training will prepare me well for my first Crim 5K. I’ve heard about how tough the Bradley Hills can be, but I currently do hill training, so I will be physically and mentally ready to handle it. The strategy is to keep a steady pace and use the downhills for relaxation and aerobic recharge.
I’m looking forward to the camaraderie with the other runners and volunteers. I’m also making it a family affair by running with my son-in-law.
I think that’s what really appeals to me. The Crim is a family affair with activities for people of all ages. Whichever activity motivates you, it’s fun to be a part of something to keep you on your toes.
HAP members, there’s still time to sign up for the Crim’s 5K, 8K and 10 mile courses. Don’t forget you have a discount to register! Log in to your hap.org account and select “Member Events” in the “My Health and Wellness” tab to get the discount code. We'll see you on the bricks on Aug. 25.