I've decided that my official first day of 5K training will be Monday June 15, 2009!!
More information from my 5K running/training research.
There are a few basics beginning runners should know when getting started. Below are a few tips to get you off and running.
- Schedule Time to Run: Go ahead and include time in your daily schedule to run 3-5 days per week. For me, it will be 20-30 minutes Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays every week until race day (Oct 4/09)
- Set Goals: Many beginning runners want to lose weight, have more energy, and/or look better. Go ahead and set a specific goal to run a 5K or other race at some point for example; it should help you stay motivated. My one main goal is to FINISH that 5 K in October (even if it takes me 2 hours and it might)!
- Get New Shoes: Visit a local running store and tell them you are a beginning runner looking to find the right shoe. I’m not talking about a large chain shoe store at the mall, rather a specialty running store operated by runners who will know how to get you into the best shoe for your foot. I visited the RunningRoom and purchased a new pair. They were so helpful and knowledgeable!
- Keep a Journal: Use a journal record your runs. This is a great way to monitor your progress and help keep you motivated. That is the purpose of this blog!
- Eat Like a Runner: Runners need nutrition for fuel. Be sure to pay attention to nutrition. Important to maintain a healthy, balanced diet. I will just continue with my current meal plans!
- Drink Fluids: Drink plenty of water following your runs to stay adequately hydrated. Again, I just plan to continue what I am currently doing...lots of water!!
- Be Sure to Stretch: Stretch after every run. I will attach a "runner's stretch routine" shortly!
- Practice Good Running Form: Your heels should hit the ground first. Get off on the right foot by using good form. Let the learning begin - Maybe our friend, Veg Next Door (former running coach from the running room) can share some tips to practicing good running form :) Thanks!
So those are some of the tips I've found on the internet and a couple of books. If anyone out there has some more tips and rules, please feel free to share in the comments. Thanks!
Until next time...