How To Run A 10K If You’re Broke And Bad At Sports
I am currently lying in bed, wondering whether I will ever use my legs again, and eating Spanish cheese poofs shaped like “futebolas” (i.e. soccer balls). This is because, (cue music) ‘it’s the eye of the tiger’/’we are the champions’/’na-na-naaaaa’, Rocky Balboa moment. In other, less confusing and non-song lyric words, I ran a 10k!
You may ask yourself why I get to write an article about this, while you, perhaps living in SF/NY, have to exert the same amount of energy every day, just running after a bus with a sociopathic driver who definitely saw you, but drove off anyway.
The first reason why is because the 10k itself was FREE! Secondly, it’s because I am a broke unathletic indoor kid with myopia (i.e. a Standard Nerd) and this will serve a How To guide if you happen to be a standard nerd, too.
As you probably know, even if you are hilariously uncoordinated and just have one of those faces that people love to throw balls at (tee hee), you can hide it by doing all sorts of badass sport things by yourself. Running, for example, helps you feel better, look good, and you probably don’t have a real excuse for not doing it (I myself smoke and am really, really, lazy).
I have always liked to run, but had never done any sort of official race because I’m broke (shocking, I know). The idea that you had to pay more than 30$ in order to run along more or less the same roads you could run along by yourself was (and is) ridiculous.
Did I already mention that El Corte Ingles run, however, is FREE?
If you ever decide to run a 10k (which you should), here’s some advice you didn’t ask for. Firstly – try not to bring too much. See if they offer water on the run (probably yes), hydrate beforehand, and don’t bring your own bottle. Don’t worry about any sort of public transport pass, you will want to walk home (it’s a great way to cool down). Mostly, don’t bring your bulky camera and don’t risk getting trodden on just to be able to get some good pictures for your article. It’s not worth it, Rae.
Some more unwanted tips are:
Being broke can get tough, and if you need to disconnect a bit, running is a great way to feel better. Running a 10k was actually a barrel of fun, and now everyone thinks I’m badass (until they read this, of course). If you want to run for FREE in the Bay Area, your only option may still be to do so solo (or to become friends with this lady – she looks fun). However, there are some 5Ks and 10Ks that are at least not too ungodly expensive! Behold, a list of upcoming Bay Area 5K and 10K races for 30$ and under:
Super MOM Virtual Run – 5k/10k/Half Marathon (San Francisco) – May 9th
Mother’s Day Marina Green – May 10th
Geek Day 5K – May 23rd
Father’s Day SUPERDAD 5K –June 6th
Dance Like Nobody’s Watching Fun Run, San Jose – June 14th
Father’s Day Rainbow Falls 5K – June 21st
San Francisco FrontRunners 36th Annual Pride Run 2015 – June 27th
Great Highway 5k – June 28th
Hercules 5k – July 4th
Independence Day 5K & 10K – July 4th
Crissy Field 5k –July 12th
Support Our Girls 5K & 10K – October 1st
Hug A Runner 5K, Concord – November 7th
Ugly Sweater 5K & 10K – December 5th