This post is for all my friends that are wanting to try to run a 5K, but are not runners.
(If you are already a runner then follow Rachel's great post about endurance running this week!!!)
If this is your first 5K challenge then your first step should be to find a place where you like to run and to determine the mileage. You want to aim between 3-4 miles. I usually run around my neighborhood, rather than a track, because I have more to look at and that helps to keep me entertained.
- Start by walking the 3-4 miles a few times a week.
- Add intervals where you run 1 min, then walk 2 mins and do this for the full 3-4 miles. This will help to build your endurance, so you can work toward running the full 5K.
- Remember that your goal is to complete the 5K and to run as much of it as you can, so push yourself safely.
- A good pair of shoes is a must!!! I recommend Asics, or New Balance shoes, because of their support, and shock absorption.
- Don't forget to stay hydrated and to stretch.