A couple of weekends ago, a few Zapponians represented in the Corporate Challenge 5K race, taking home first place in the Group A division. A handful others are also running 5Ks and 10Ks as part of their personal Fitness Challenge. With all this enthusiasm for fitness and running going around at Zappos HQ, we thought it would be cool to talk to one of our Corporate Challenge 5K runners, Jay, to find out a little about how he started getting into running and how he prepped for Corporate Challenge.
H: What made you decide to run a 5K?
J: For fun! My wife (Rowena) and I have been training for awhile for this and thought it’d be nice to run it together for fun. We had a little change of plans when I found out I made it on the scoring team (first 5 in any age bracket scores points) and had to run a competitive time. I actually had to run hard to try and score a point for us. Plus, Rowena never got to run since they (the officials) didn’t let anyone else on the course, only the competitors.
H: How long have you been a runner?
J: On and off since high school…so about 17 years. I’ve never been a long distance runner. This body’s not very aerodynamic and not built for long distances, but I like to run regularly for cardio purposes.
H: What was your time in the Corporate Challenge 5K?
J: A paltry 00:26:54. Again, I'm not built for the long haul! But I am aiming for under 24 mins next time.
H: What was your main motivation during training?
J: Getting my daily cardio and doing something athletically challenging with my wife.
H: What were some of your favorite running gear to use during training?
J: I like the Nike Pro Core Long Compression Shorts and my Zappos Corporate Challenge t-shirt of course! I also liked the K-Swiss Tubes Run 100.
H: How did you prepare the day before the race?
J: I ran a brisk mile and a half, went to sleep early, and had a light breakfast (cereal bar) I also drank Gatorade throughout the day to stay hydrated.
H: Are you planning on running more 5Ks?
J: Sure! A lot of people here in the office are doing various 5Ks and 10Ks, so it’ll be easy to stay motivated.
H: Any advice to people who are considering running their first 5K?
J: Train right, train regularly, eat right and always stretch before each run. And don’t get caught up in the competitiveness of it all, run your own race and have fun!
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