Perhaps the most popular goal among new runners is to be able to run a full 5K race. It’s no wonder why, since a 5K race is five kilometers long which works out to just over three miles (3.1 to be exact), and is a manageable distance even for individuals who live most of their lives on the couch. Of course, it is crucial to emphasize no one should try running a full 5K on the first day they start running, or even within the first week! The good news, however, is the vast majority of individuals can be ready for this kind of race within nine weeks.
Start reading to learn about how you can train for your first 5K race in a healthy manner, even without previous running experience. Let’s start with the gear!
Get Your Gear Together
The first thing all new runners will need before they start training for their first 5K race is the proper gear. So once you decide you are going to run, be sure to visit a local running store to get started. The staff at specialized running stores will observe your stride and ask other questions such as what surfaces you plan to run on and what your goals are. They are gathering information so they can select the type of running shoe appropriate for each person who walks in looking for a pair. A majority of new runners are surprised at the many different varieties available, such as cushioning, stability, and motion control running shoes. Aside from running shoes, purchasing sweat-wicking clothing and socks is great for staying cool while working up a sweat during training. Of course, don’t forget a good water bottle!
Once you have all of your running gear, the next step in training for your first 5K is the running plan.