Preparing for Your First 5K

You have decided to complete a 5K. Good for you, along with the health benefits of being outdoors and active you will feel a sense of accomplishment after crossing the finish line.

To make sure there isn’t any confusion there are a few things you should know:

 - A 5K is equal to 3.1 miles. Do not let that intimidate you; a 5K is a great distance for a beginner.

- A 5K is not always a run. You have the choice to run, walk, jog, skip or push a stroller, etc.

- A 5K is not always a race. Sure some organizations offer medals to the top contenders but you will get satisfaction simply from beating your own PR (personal record)… or your spouse.

- You can quit. Hopefully you do not need or want to, but you can. If you are uncertain that you are able to complete the entire 3.1 miles don’t let that stop you from signing up and making your best attempt.

- They are fundraisers, there is a fee. Most people participate to support a cause they are passionate about.

Whatever method you decide to use to go the distance, training for your first 5K can be completed in as little as 9 weeks. There are several resources online that you can utilize to get you prepared. Please browse through the links to the right for more information.

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