If you’re looking for motivation to get off the couch, running a 5K is a great fitness goal to work toward. Don’t be intimidated by the number. At a distance of just over three miles, a good training program can have you crossing the finish line of your first 5K in just a few months.
WHERE TO START
There are plenty of benefits to running for exercise. It’s been proven to improve both your physical and mental health. And because you can run nearly anywhere, it’s an activity that’s accessible to anyone.
But you should first talk to your doctor to see if you’re healthy enough to start training. Once you’re cleared to begin, it’s time to set your goal and get to work!
WHAT TO EXPECT
The biggest rookie mistake many aspiring runners make is trying to do too much, too fast. This can lead to an injury, which will set you back from achieving your goal. So don’t overdo it during your first few workouts. Instead, follow a 5K training plan.
Most programs give you about 8-12 weeks of training leading up to the race, which helps you steadily build stamina. You can start with an online training plan, like this series of 5K training programs from Runners World. Some are more aggressive than others, so be sure to choose one that’s a good fit for your level of fitness and running experience.
Once you pick a plan, your training will include a combination of walking, running and rest. Here’s a look at what you can expect:
Any time you start a new workout program, it’s important to listen to your body. Factors like uneven terrain, bad form and over training can all cause running injuries. Wearing the wrong type of running shoes can cause injuries, too.
Follow your trainer or doctor’s advice to treat any specific conditions you’re experiencing. For general information, the Cleveland Clinic offers these tips to prevent running injuries.
If you experience any of these symptoms, it’s time to rest, check your gear or see a doctor:
ACHIEVE YOUR GOALS
There’s nothing quite like the feeling of accomplishment you get from achieving a goal.
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