Baby Steps to 5K: How to Start an Effective Running Program

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Congratulations on finally making the decision to run your first 5k. You’re preparing to embark on a journey that not only does wonders for your health and fitness, but it also gives you an unparalleled sense of accomplishment when you cross the finish line.

Now as you begin your running journey, there are some key things you’ll want to consider as you get started. While it’s crucial to buy some cute and comfortable shoes, and purchasing a race outfit is a must, there some more important baby steps you’ll want to keep in mind.

Continue reading as we provide you with the best tips on how to start running.

Work on Your Running Form

The best running form is your natural running form. As you start running, don’t try to develop some crazy inorganic stride. That will just compromise your body and increase your likelihood of injury.

So whether you lead your stride with your toes or your heels, maintain your natural form.

Select the Right Training Plan

Unless you’ve started running out the womb, first-time 5k runners need to build up their stamina to last the over three-mile race. While there are a number of online training plans you can choose from to tailor to your specific level of fitness and schedule, there is a pretty basic formula you can follow to prep for a beginner run.

  • Train at least three days a week.
  • Begin with a 20-30 minute run/walk method during training, and progressively work up to a 40-60 minute run/walk (or all run) method.
  • Cross-train or rest on off days.
  • Remember to run at a manageable pace, don’t try to sprint and overdo it. 

Choose the Right Training Path

While training in a gym on ellipticals or treadmills is good for building up your endurance, it’s not quite the same as training outside. After all, the 5k you signed up for won’t be at Gold’s Gym, L.A. Fitness, Planet Fitness, or any other gym you can think of. It will be in the great outdoors.

Therefore, the best way to train is outside. We recommend you find a scenic route so you’ll have something to look at to prevent boredom.

Know When You Need A Little Extra Help

As humans, sometimes we need a little extra help and motivation. So if you ever feel stalled in your training, or would feel more committed to your running journey if you had some accountability, seek out a running group. Preferably you’ll want to choose a group of individuals who are committed to pushing each other to train for a 5k, 10k, or greater.

How to Start Running?

If you’re still contemplating on how to start running, then let the words of famed poet Maya Angelou ring in your ears.

“Ain’t nothing to it, but to do it.”

Just go ahead and start training. 

And if you’re looking for a little gift to reward yourself for your pending dedication and hard work, make sure you check out some of our 5k jewelry