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Training for a 5K

Oct 21, 2015

If you have been thinking about running a 5K for the first time there are few ways to prepare yourself. First, evaluate your current running level. How far can you run before needing a rest? How fast can you run a mile? Can you run a mile straight through? How often are you currently running?

If you are new to running, your training time should be longer than if you are an experienced runner. For the inexperienced runner, there are several programs to follow. One of the more popular ones is the Couch to 5K program. Your time and dedication will determine how long it will take you to prepare for the race. In general, a training program for a 5K will have you start with walk/run intervals; gradually increasing the time spent running and decreasing the time spend walking.

Always wear supportive shoes, do a proper warm up before and stretches after running. Whether you’re running for the first time or for the one hundredth time, safety is important.

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