How to Run your First 5K

I have a few quick questions for you. Do you want more endurance? Do you want a healthy heart and lungs? Do you want sexy calves? Do you want a medal to hang on your wall next to your other accomplishments? Of course you do. Let’s run a 5K.

Why a 5K? Well, they are pretty easy to pull off in a short time. A 5K is a great intro to the world of running. After you knock one of these out, you’ll know if you want to do this more often, or if it is not really your kind of hobby. And hell, it will be a great story! Lace up your shoes, and then check out my step-by-step guide to running your first 5K.

Step 1 – Find a Race. Just Google 5K and your hometown. Select the next upcoming race and register for it. Depending on the race, you’ll probably need to drop about 50 dollars on the registration. For the price of a night out, you are doing something great for your body.

Step 2 – Get Ready. You might get hurt if you hit the course without any prep, so do your body (and finish time) a favor a do a little prep before race day. Pre-race training may be a bit boring, but remember, we’re doing this for the endurance, healthy heart and lungs, sexy calves, and medal, so do your prep.

Step 3 – Get your Gear. Don’t be that guy on race day who looks like a damn fish out of water. Get some good shoes, prep your tunes, and seriously, get this book. It runs through everything you need to know to kill it on race day. It got me from being a running rookie to finishing a 5K in under 21 minutes.

Step 4 – Have fun. If you’ve been following the diet and training recommendations in Run Faster from the 5K to the Marathon, you’ll be set on race day. So have fun and savor the experience. It’ll all be over in a few minutes, so push your hardest and get ready for your new personal record!

The next time you are hanging out with friends, you’ll have a great story to share, and best of all, you’ll have a great excuse for one more beer – you’re carb-loading for your next race!

To your daily growth!

Jamie

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