CFA Society Hartford Corporate 5K

August 2, 2019
CFA Society Hartford Corporate 5K - Soma Technology, Inc.

CFA Society Hartford Corporate 5K

Soma Technology, inc.

This year Soma Technology, Inc. had 19 participants in the CFA Society Hartford Corporate 5K. This year the Hartford Corporate 5k started in Bushnell Park in Hartford, CT. During the race, you pass by the state capitol and a number of historic buildings along the route. Soma Technology, Inc. finished in the top 10 companies this year! Awesome job!

The Connection

The CFA Society Hartford Corporate 5K is a race to benefit The Connection. The Connection is a local organization that helps people build safe, caring communities and inspires people to reach their full potential as productive and valued citizens. The Connection has been one of Connecticut’s leading private, nonprofit human service and community for more than 40 years. The agency was formed by social advocates Kätchen Coley and Nancy Flanner in 1972. The Connection has been a leader in creating effective, community-based treatment programs in Connecticut.

CFA Society Hartford Corporate 5k

The annual CFA Society Hartford Corporate 5K’s main focus is to benefit The Connection. You are allowed to walk/run the race with your corporate team, and teams can be unlimited in size. There were a total of 553 runners in this race. This year, for the 2019 corporate 5k, Soma Technology had 19 participants! Our participants were:

  • Adam Gatzuras
  • Ashish Dhammam
  • Ben Carrasco
  • Brian Nalley
  • Clayton Wilson
  • Felecia Lawson
  • Gurubaran Selvaraji
  • Harnish Shah
  • Isha Sodhi
  • June Ware
  • Majed Zaitoun
  • Maria Cazco
  • Peter Leonidas
  • Pramod Narkhede
  • Pratik Dhuru
  • Schleshin Molly-David
  • Vibhanshu Patil
  • Victor Fernandes (First Place)
  • Yara Morrison

Here are a couple of pictures from the Corporate 5k!

Ben Carrasco - Soma Technology, Inc. - Corporate 5K

Ashish Dhammam and Schleshin David - Soma Technology, Inc. - Corporate 5K

Pratik Dhuru and Isha Dhuru - Soma Technology, Inc. - CFA Society Hartford Corporate 5K

Preparing for a 5K

Have you ever run or walked a 5K before? A 5k Race is 3.1 miles. Have you ever wanted to? Well here are some tips to start training!

Buddy System

Training for a 5K or any other length race is a lot more fun with a buddy. If you have someone else to work out with, you are more likely to continue training if you have someone else’s support. If you don’t have a friend who is willing to train with you, that’s okay too! If you still would like someone to train with, you can search online for local running clubs in your area. A training partner can help you succeed and push you towards goals that you otherwise might not know you can achieve by yourself.

Get Some Nice Shoes

There are a lot of health benefits associated with running. Some benefits include lowering blood pressure and body weight and increases in lung capacity. While running doesn’t require a ton of expensive equipment, running shoes are very important in the sport. The right running shoes provide midsole foot cushioning, and arch support and help with preventing injuries.

Midsole foot cushioning is one of the most important benefits associated with running shoes. The Midsole is the part of your foot between the ball and the heel of the foot. A shoe with a good midsole reduces the stress placed on the heel, ankles, and toes during a run.

Arch support is a must for people with flat feet, especially if they participate in a regular exercise routine. Even people with high arches benefit from the right kind of support. It’s recommended that you meet with a physical therapist or exercise physiologist if you have flat feet so they can give you some recommendations on the best running shoes with the support that you need.

The American College of Sports Medicine suggests that midsole cushioning and arch support help prevent injuries such as tendonitis, stress fractures, and joint pain.

Start Slow

When first starting out it’s important that you start slowly. Remember the saying that you “first have to crawl before you can walk”? Well, you should remember “First you have to walk before you can run.” When you begin your training you can start off walking, and then do a combination of running and walking, before you start to fully run. Over time you will be able to work up to running for your full workout. Come race day, if you still can’t run the whole thing, that’s okay! The most important thing is that you make it across that finish line!

Stick to a Schedule

Without a structured schedule, it’s hard to get an idea of goals and how you have to accomplish them. No matter what your training schedule is, it’s important to be consistent. Consistency helps keep your schedule and your goal on track. But make sure when setting your schedule, it’s effective, and allows time to rest in between workouts. Resting your muscles in between workouts is important to help them heal and get stronger. During a workout, your muscle tissues break down, energy stores get depleted, and you lose fluids. Allowing your body to rest will allow your muscles to increase in size, and strength, and repair themselves. You can start out a couple of times a week, move to 3 times a week, etc.

Day of the Event

On the day of the event, give yourself enough time to park, register, use the bathroom, and finish eating at least 30 minutes before the race starts. Before the race it’s good to eat some carbohydrates, but not too much fat or protein. You could try half of a whole-wheat bagel, oatmeal, or a banana. Your diet leading up to the 5k shouldn’t change that much and there’s no reason to load up on carbs the night before.

You might also want to think about carrying a water bottle to hydrate during the race, or after you cross the finish line. If you don’t want to run with a water bottle the whole time, no problem, there is usually water at the finish line.

Remember during your run, have fun, and soak up the energy from the other runners and walkers.

Final Thoughts

Have you ever participated in a 5k? What did you do to train for it? What advice would you give people doing it for the first time? Let us know in the comment section below!

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