5 Tips for Running a 5K
A 5K race may be a walk in the park for some people, but for others it can be 20, 30, or 50 years in the making.
A completion of ANY race regardless of distance is a huge accomplishment especially if it’s your first one.
My very first 5K was in the summer of 2001. It was called the JP Morgan Corporate challenge in the middle of Boston around Kenner’s square.
Everyone participating is representing the company you work for and thousands are involved. I ran this race 4 times and love it. People are friendly and everyone cheers each other on.
Here are my 5 tips for running a 5K:
1. Drink lots of water. It is imperative to stay hydrated especially during a dog day of July or August. Dehydration is not good. Make sure to fully hydrate yourself. Make you do not drink too fast or too much right before the race to prevent cramps.
2. Don’t worry about your time. If you’re an avid runner then I’m sure many track time, but for a beginner the only thing you should be concerned about is finishing. It doesn’t matter if you finish 1st or 1000th, in 15! Minutes or an hour, or whether you’re running in the end, walking, or crawling. Don’t give up! Once you begin to race more then of course set personal goals for time but don’t worry about how many people are In front of you.
3. Listen to your body! I am not at all telling you to quit by any means but I also want you to be safe. If you never ran a race before please listen to your body. If you begin to feel dizzy, lightheaded, have chest pains, or vomit seek a volunteer on the course for help. If this ever happens you did not fail. You can race again
4. Stretch. I will admit. I hate stretching. Can’t stand it. However it is so important when it come to running and warming up. Not stretching can lead to muscle pulls including quads, calves, hamstrings, etc, as well as cramps. Take the time to properly stretch. I had a severely pulled groin once from failing to stretch. Just like it is not good to start a car in the dead of winter and immediately pull out of your driveway and floor it, it’s the same for your body.
5. Run at your own pace. This is not a sprint. The harder you exert yourself early the easier it is to run out of gas early. Pace yourself. Focus on one mile at a time