You Can Run a 5K!

Posted on Mar 28, 2012 by 6 Comments
You Can Run a 5K!

My husband has run in five marathons. FIVE!!

Before I met him, I was a non-runner. An anti-runner even. I still don’t particularly enjoy running all that much, but it was because of his passion and dedication that I decided to sign up for my first 5K, which led to more and eventually a half marathon. Trust me when I say if I can do it, you can, too!

Why should you train for a 5K? Because you can! A 5K is the shortest distance event out there and the most common. If you’re going to run to become healthy, then training for a 5K is just something you should do. A 5K run is a great distance for a beginner. And you can prepare for a 5K run in less than two months with proper training.

5K stands for 5000 meters, or roughly 3.125 miles.

We are goal-oriented people by nature. The only way most of us can get work done is by moving towards a goal, marking items off a list. And when you cross the finish line, you will feel great and all your hard work will have been worth it.

If you have a goal like, “To stay fit”, then you will have a harder time fulfilling it. How fit you are is up to you; it is subjective. There is no one point where you can say that you’ve achieved your goal. If you have a goal like, “Get under 25 minutes in a 5K”, or “Run my first 5K”, then you will know when you have gotten what you’ve wished for. Progress!

5K training schedules should incorporate a mix of running, walking and resting. This combination helps reduce the risk of injury, stress and fatigue, while boosting your enjoyment of physical activity. Remember, you can run or walk slowly to help your body adjust to this 5K training schedule.

The training plan that I recommend and have used is outlined here. It has been a while since my last 5K, but just this week I signed up for The Color Run in my city and I will be using this plan to get ready.

Why a 5K race? Why not a 10k or even a marathon? As stated earlier, the 5K is the shortest distance race that can be found, and thousands of them are held all over the country. Being short, it won’t be agonizingly painful for any new runner. It’s the best kind of race for a newbie. Once you’ve conquered the 5K and are thirsting for more, you can move onto bigger and better things, like a 10K (6.2 miles) or half marathon (13.1 miles). Never say never!

Or, you may decide races aren’t for you and just keep running as part of your regular fitness routine. There are amazing benefits to running. Above all, have fun! Research shows that exercising with friends helps you stick with a program. Many running stores and gyms offer running groups or beginners’ programs. What a great way to motivate yourself and others, meet new friends and have a super fun time on the roads.

Photo credit: boegh

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Tonya Wertman

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  • http://www.hippyfitmom.com HippyFitMom

    Thanks for this. I am running my first 5k this Saturday. And like you I never saw myself as a runner…I am proud to be taking my fitness level beyond what I thought was possible. Maybe I can get to a half marathon like you one day. :)

  • http://www.thingsicantsay.com Shell

    I used to be a runner. I’ve thought about getting back into it, too. Maybe a 5K would be a good thing.

  • http://www.adventuresinbabywearing.com Adventures In Babywearing

    I never would have called myself a runner until I started the couch to 5K program last year. I never did run the 5K but can see how it IS actually possible for someone that has never run before!

    Steph

  • http://mytimeasmom.com Jess

    I need to get back into running. I miss it. Maybe I’ll see if I can find a 5K near me.

  • Sherri

    I think the 5K is an awesome race! Just long enough for a challenge, and you get that feeling that you’ve really accomplished something.

  • http://angelaamman.com angela

    I like your comment about being goal-oriented. I do so much better when I have a specific goal in mind, whether it’s training for a specific race or just keeping my miles up to a certain point each week. Great post!