Tips to Run Your First 5K

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If you’ve ever wanted to run a 5K but weren’t sure where to start, you’re certainly not alone. Running any race can be intimidating, and even short ones aren’t without their challenges. In our experience, though, there are some ways to make it all a bit less daunting. We’ve outlined what we find helpful for you here. With a little perseverance, you’ll be crossing the finish line before you know it. 

Create a Schedule

Even if you’ve never run a day in your life, you’ve got to start somewhere. That somewhere can be whatever works for you, be it a full mile sprint or just a two-minute jog. The important part is consistency. At the beginning of each week, decide how many days you want to go out and run. Write out your schedule and stick to it. 

Train in Intervals

This is one of the best ways for the beginner runner to get started. It’ll keep you from pushing yourself too hard as your body gets used to moving in new ways. The exact timing can be up to you, but it works by alternating running and walking. Try running for one minute and then walking for three. Then slowly build up to more running over time. 

Have Patience

Rome wasn’t built in a day. Training for any race can take months, and it’s important not to be hard on yourself when there are setbacks. Setting realistic expectations is the best way to keep yourself motivated so that when race day comes, you’ll meet it with pride.