Training for Your First 5K!
Shout Out to the Newcomers
Training is vital for a 5K. This post may be a little more targeted than those in the past, but even if you’ve participated in a race before there might be more to learn. Feeling nervous or anxious about the big day? Worried you’ll be the last to cross the line? Don’t be! The RockyPoint 5K is not about who’s faster, it’s about coming together as a community to serve a greater purpose and work (*run*) towards a common goal. Crossing the line is a great achievement in and of itself.
How to train and what to do:
- Make sure you have the right gear.
- Start from your current fitness level.
- Don’t push your body past its limits.
- Over exerting yourself will only impede your progress.
- Keep your training regular and consistent.
- Schedule dates and times, and stick to it.
- Remember: Go farther, not harder.
- Rest is important and allows your body the time it needs to recover.
- To run successfully you need to set the right pace.
- The Talking Test: if you’re having a difficult time talking while you run, that means you are pushing yourself too hard.
- If you’re gasping for air, slow down.
- Try to find a good rhythm.
- Cross train and build a strong foundation.
- Build up strength to support your body while you walk or run.
- Don’t compare yourself to others!
- We all have our own strengths and speeds.
- Don’t try to match your style with someone else.
- Have some fun with it and finish strong.
May 19th is fast approaching, and hopefully many of you have already started to train whether by walking or by running. Remember: the 5K is a judgement free zone, just focus on doing your best!
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