So Michelle and I ran our first 5K last December. Since we had started to try so many different fitness ventures and were reaching our goals Michelle thought that it would be a cool idea to complete a race! She found the Jingle Bell Run which benefited the Arthritis Foundation.
So we created a team of friends and started raising money and training. We actually learned quite a bit about Arthritis and how much it affect people of all ages, not just older folks.
We vowed that no longer how long it took us to run the race, we would make sure that we ran it in its entirety and not stop to walk once. It was an awesome moment when we crossed the finish line!
So there are a lot of reasons you may want to run a 5K. Here are a few more, courtesy of doctoroz.com:
Running burns a ton of calories, raises your heart rate and relieves stress. Along with that, you’re toning all areas of your body!
A 5K is just 3.1 miles which is not a difficult goal! So even if you’re not the best runner and you want to give running a try, a 5K is a good place to start!
Get Going and Stay Going
Once you train and run your first 5K it helps a lot of people get a stride going with working out on more of a regular basis!
Due to the race being on the shorter side, most people can keep up their adrenaline and finish in good time! Even if you trained at a slower pace, the excitement of the race itself can improve your time!
Help Others, Help Yourself
This is where all things come together. A lot of 5K races have you raise money to benefit a foundation of some kind. So find one that you are interested in or have a passion for and this will keep you motivated to train and get you excited for race day!
Follow this link to a very good 5K Training Schedule!
Greatist has this fantastic post on what to do if you want to run a 5K! We couldn’t have said it better than this post!
Here is a summary of that post but be sure to check it out for a plethora of elaborated information!
I Want To…Run a 5K!
Its really important to have the right attire when running. You might be running in the cold or the extreme heat. Either way, be sure that you’re outfitted correctly for a successful race!
That includes, most importantly, what is on your feet!
Sneakers & What to Wear
When we went out to find the right gear for our first race we went to Paragon Sports in Manhattan. They had us run on their treadmill in their sneaker section and they took a short video of our feet. That was then able to let them know via computer software what kind of sneakers we needed based on our form!
Here are two additional links which provide some good information on getting the right gear for your run!
Find the Right Running Shoes
Staying motivated can be tricky when flying solo. Grab a friend, neighbor, or join a running club for extra encouragement to go the distance.
Warm up. To stave off injury, dynamic stretching is must before every run.
Master the Form
Its true! This will only help your performance and how your body feels!
Check out Perfect Form for more tips!
This is so true. When we were first training for our 5K last year we were so dedicated to running, running, running that we realized what we were missing to really improve our runs was cross training! Build strong muscles will only help your performance!
You should give yourself at least 4 weeks to train for your race!
Here is an awesome article from Shape Magazine:
8 Running Apps to Help You Train for Your Next Race!
You might be anxious the day of the race. Arrive early so you can get yourself situated. Do you have to get yourself a locker to hold your things? Do you have your number pinned to your shirt? Take this time to make sure you’re ready to go!
Although you will be excited and once the take off begins you may not realize “oh hey these people run a lot faster than I do!” Remember to pace yourself!
Along with the pace yourself, don’t worry about how quickly everyone else is going. Remember what you did during your training and what works best for you!
If you can push yourself during that last tenth of a mile, go for it!
You are going to want to celebrate but its very important to cool down, stretch and properly take care of your body once you’ve crossed the finish line!
What to Eat
Here are a few great sites which list whats best to eat!
The Best Foods to Eat Before Running a 5K
Training for your first 5K: What to Eat
If you didn’t notice already, Michelle and I are very into good workout music! And to get into your groove during your run, the right music can make all the difference!
Check out Greatist’s Running Playlist!
Finally, should you already be a great runner who has trained and trained forever and ever, check out these 18 Fun Ways To Change Up Your Running Routine!