My company is so incredible!
Seeing friends, coworkers, and their families cross the finish line, whether they ran the course in 24 minutes or walked the course in an hour, was truly amazing. For many who participated in our Couch to 5K program, this was their first 5K run. Others have run half or full marathons. Some have been running for 10 years- others, 10 weeks. Some looked at the event as a chance to be social with their friends and family while getting some exercise; others wanted to run the course as fast as humanly possible.
No matter which group you’re in, 3.1 miles is 3.1 miles and an awesome accomplishment.
For background, the company I work for develops computer software and solutions for churches, schools, and organizations. We’re techies and stereotypical nerds who like nerd things like computers, video games, card games, and dry geek humor. While working in software development can be mentally straining, it’s not exactly a physically active job, but through the past few weeks, so many have learned that they CAN run or walk 3 miles, do pull ups at CrossFit, and accomplish goals- both fitness related and not.
I’m so blessed to work somewhere that truly cares about its employees, especially when many companies stress their employees to the point of making them develop unhealthy habits rather than helping them and their families become (or stay) healthy.
It doesn’t stop with the company- we support each other. We share our victories, high fiving friends who push through and run that extra five minutes, but we also share our struggles, like having a floor-wide prayer for a friend’s son who had a heart transplant last December.
Even though the run/walk is over, we’ll all continue to support each other- getting together to work out, encouraging each other toward goals, and working toward an even bigger turnout for next year’s 5K!
Q1.) Does your job do anything health related or active?
Q2.) Since we’re a geeky group of runners, what’s one thing you do or participate in that doesn’t seem to “fit” with what others stereotypically think of you?
Special thanks to the ACS wellness committee who coordinated the 5K, as well as the staff from Fitness Forum Gym and Pee Dee CrossFit for their awesome motivation over the past 10 weeks. Also, thanks to Phillip Guyton of True Light Photography for all photos used in this blog.