Road to 5k: Day 1

I strongly believe that with the right training and exercise, the vast majority of people have the ability to eventually run not only a 5k, but even a marathon one day.  The most important part about training for a 5k, or training for anything for that matter, is determination and hard work.  If you’ve never run seriously before and are thinking about running a 5k, it can be hard to stick with a workout schedule.  But, what seems like a lot of effort isn’t actually that much.  When beginning to train for a 5k, in my experience I have found that it is best to run shorter distances for more days a week, than run longer distances for less days a week.  Running too much at one time can overwork your leg muscles and increase the chances for injury.  Running for just 20-30 minutes a day can help keep you in shape so that you can live a healthier life.

5k runs can be challenging, but the majority of people should be able to run a 5k with a moderate amount of training.  Running 20-30 minutes a day, for 5 days a week, for about a month or two should get you in good enough physical shape to successfully run a 5k race.  When going for runs, make sure you are properly hydrated, or else you may get cramps.  It is also important to make sure you’re eating too, but eat light if you are thinking about going for a run soon after.

It would also be a good idea to make sure you run on a variety of surfaces rather than running the same path for your entire training routine.  If you’re only used to running on dirt and then the 5k takes place on the road or sidewalk, your body and legs aren’t going to be used to that type of surface and you could trip and injure yourself.  Another thing that many people don’t do is map out the path of the 5k they’re running or do a course jog/walk.  Making sure you know where you’re running can save you from ending up getting lost, and it’s just helpful to know where you’re running before you actually do the race.  That’s enough 5k training tips from me for today.  Live well and run safe.  -Nick

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