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  • Stefani Sassos

Preparing For Your First 5K Walk/Run

Happy Labor Day loves! Hope you all had an exciting and relaxing weekend. As you may already know, I do a LOT of writing. From my work with Elite Daily to freelancing, writing about health and wellness is a huge passion of mine. I recently collaborated with my church to start writing a monthly column in their newsletter!

Since our church has a 5K coming up in October, I thought what better topic to write about than preparing for your first 5K. There are so many opportunities to sign up for a race, so this topic really applies to a wide audience.

The full article is on Page 15 of the Archangel Michael Trumpet September/October Newsletter. I'm posting an excerpt from the article here for your view! Enjoy :)

Running is a great option for those who are looking to increase their physical activity. This affordable and time-efficient exercise is something that you can manage at your own pace. Oftentimes, getting the motivation to start your running regimen can be difficult. Having a short-term goal of an upcoming race gives you something to work towards and look forward to! Here are some tips to help you prepare for your first 5K Walk/Run, and to get you started on your journey towards better health.

Create A Training Schedule

A 5K race is 3.1 miles. Don’t be daunted by the mileage; this is a great goal distance for a beginner. Two months of training is ideal to prepare for a 5K race, but always consult your doctor before beginning a physical activity regimen. Your 5K training schedule includes a combination of running, walking, and rest. Aim for three days of running/walking for 30 minutes, and then two days of lightly walking for 30 minutes. Spend one to two days per week resting, which may include stretching or light yoga. Customize this program to your liking, and write out an actual plan that you can view every day.

Download A Running App

Running apps can help track and improve your fitness. These apps provide comparison, coaching, and other ways to enhance your physical activity. You can share your run on social media and get your friends involved to help encourage you on your fitness journey. My two favorite apps are the Nike+ Running App and Map My Run. You can download these or search for other apps that you prefer.



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