A 5K by Thanksgiving! Can I Do That?
Posted October 26, 2010on:
Of course you can! A 5K is only 3.1 miles, and that’s a great goal for anyone who’s just getting their feet wet in exercising, or someone who’s been running/walking for a while and wants to test their abilities.
Thanksgiving weekend is just over 5 weeks away, which gives you plenty of time to build up to the big day. The good thing about a goal is having an end-point to work towards. Rather than running or walking the same ho-hum route, day-in, day-out, you’ll want to improve with each outing. Suddenly, working out becomes less routine and more exciting!
How do you prepare yourself for a 5K? There are many training programs online—just let your fingers do the walking. This article at Runner’s World talks about running your first 5K after five weeks of training, and this plan will get you there in the same amount of time. If walking’s your gig, just substitute the word “walk” for “run” in the plan.
If this is your first race, I suggest setting a goal of just finishing and having fun! Especially in a “turkey trot” or “fun run”, most of the participants will be casual runners just like you, and the crowd will be too large to set any land speed records. With any luck, you’ll catch the racing bug, and start looking for more!
5K’s are easy to find through web searches, and the schedule varies, depending on where you live (for instance, they tend to be held year-round here in the temperate Northwest, but you probably won’t find one in July in Arizona). If you’re in the Seattle area during Thanksgiving, check out the Seattle Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving morning!
Have you run a 5K? (I was 18 and overconfident when I ran my first. Don’t go out too fast!) What would be your advice to someone running their first?