Train For your First 5k With These Tips
From charity runs to Color Runs, 5k (5 kilometers or 3.1 miles) runs are popping up everywhere. With 8.3 million finishers, the 5k is the most popular race distance in the United States. It's time for you to get in on some of the action. Check out the tips below to train and finish your first 5k.
Pick and date and set a goal. Do you want to fundraise for a cause? Are you looking for a new way to drop a few pounds? No matter what your end goal is, setting one will be crucial for your success. Find an event that looks fun but give yourself a few months to train. Set a few goals - training goals and finishing goals - to keep you honest along the way.
Follow a training program. It's totally possible to run a 5k without much training but we strongly recommend you train. Trust us, your body will thank you. Coach Marcy Gialdo has created a free 12-week 5k run training program to help you get prepared for your first race. Sign up here to get access to it.
Get a good pair of running shoes and other gear. Just because you're new to running, it doesn't mean you don't deserve to good running gear. Go to your local running or sporting goods store to get fitted for running shoes that fit your feet. Check out a few resources below to get you started:
- The Best Shoes for Running - Spring 2016
- The Best Shoes for Running - Winter 2015
- 5 Things You Need To Kickstart Your Training Program
Add strength-training to your regimen. We get it, you really want to run. In order to get stronger and allow your body to support your new running habit, you're going to have to build strength to become a better runner and help avoid injury.
We know that registering for your first race will seem a little intimidating but it will also be very exciting! Be sure to bookmark this post so that you have access to these tips and resources throughout the course of your training.
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