A co-worker recently watched his son run the Rock & Sole Quarter Marathon. Another co-worker is trying to work to running a 5K. Another ran his first 5 K in May. Team CMT members Allison Moore is trainig to run a sprint triathlon which includes a 5K.
All these new runners made me think about what it takes to gear up from running a 5 K when you aren't running at all. Running is a great way to stay in shape and running a 5 K is a great goal. The distance is far enough to be a challenge, but still short enough to be fun.
This plan can help you be ready to run a 5K
Before you start;
- Talk with your doctor to make sure you are healthy to run.
- Consistency is the key, make sure you are exercising most days.
- Don’t get discouraged, if you miss a day or two, get back at it.
- The plan is only a guideline, adjust to add or take away workouts depending on how you feel. It is important to listen to your body. You are an athlete now!
- Re-evaluate once you reach your goal of doing a 5K. Do you want to get faster? Adding speed work and tempo runs will lower your race times. Want to go longer, sign up for a longer race and get a plan for that distance. There are lots out there on the web.
- Team up with a friend or join a local running club. It is so much more fun to have company when running.