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Clear Water Outdoor Run For It: How To Prepare Yourself For A 5K Race
 Posted By: Clear Water Outdoor Store
 Posted On: Oct 25 2011 1:14AM

Tips and advice that will help you prepare for a 5K run or walk.

Many people of all shapes and sizes, even seasoned veteran athletes that work out on a daily basis, will sometimes find themselves growing tired and bored of their regular exercise routine. Whether your typical exercise program involves weight lifting, intense cardio workouts, or even just a walk around the block each morning, it is easy to become bored of the same old exercise day after day.
However, you also do not want to waste your time with random fitness activities that will not help to improve your overall health and fitness levels. Luckily, there are many different options when it comes to challenging and exciting exercise programs that will break up your monotonous workout routine and put the spring back into your step.
Whether your fitness goal is a personal weight-loss objective, a pure sense of accomplish, or you are looking to support your community, one of the best exercise programs that works well for many individuals is a 5k race. This running or walking activity is 3.1 miles and is a great distance and goal for a beginner athlete, while also providing fitness challenges for those who ran dozens of races in the past.
However, as with any other challenging fitness activity, it is important for you to understand the basic techniques and tips for running a 5k marathon, as well as advice on how to get the most of your race. Here is some basic 5k beginning information that will help you to get on the right path to the finish line.
Set A Realistic Goal
If you have never competed in a race before, or it's simply been awhile before you have participated in any kind of 5k, there are several things that you should prepare for. First, it is important that you are creating realistic goals for yourself. Do not expect to become an advanced athletic runner in just a few weeks time. Plan and set an expectation that you are confident in.
Begin Training And Preparation
One of the most important things that you should do when considering enrolling in any kind of race is to get a complete medical exam to make sure that your body can handle an intensive running program. Next, craft up a training schedule that works best for you and your fitness level. You should give yourself at least six weeks to start training for your 5k, while also taking a "rest day" every other day to help prevent injury.
Stretch Before and After Workouts
One of the most important components of fitness (all activities, not just running), is flexibility. By remembering to stretch both before and after your workout, you are helping to increase the amount of flexibility in your joints. In turn, this helps to prevent serious muscle strain and injury, as well as any other hamstring problems that may occur during your 5k.
Listen To Your Body
Above all, the single most important thing that you should do when preparing for a 5k race is to always, always listen to your body. If you experience any troubling side effects throughout your training, such as sharp pain, light-headedness or weakness, this is a sign that you should take it easy and possibly even take a break from your intensive routine.
Entering yourself in a 5k race is a great way to build up your health and fitness levels, while at the same time challenging yourself to try something new in the world of outdoor activities. Be sure that you follow these three simple steps to ensure that your time on the trail is safe and fun, and the rest will follow behind it.
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