Most of us don’t run marathons. And for the non-hardcore runner types, running a 5K takes work. But thankfully, there are a number of helpful resources out there to get you across the finish line of your first 5K. Here are three of the best:
Get Fit – Couch to 5K
Probably the gold standard of running programs, this 8-week agenda is designed to get you off the couch and to the point where you’re able to finish your first 5K run without having to stop. There’s no real secret here – start small, pace yourself and build up to a point where you’re running for long periods without needing a break. The simplicity of the program is what makes it so easy to get out there on the road. And with the program lasting only two months, the finish line is always in sight. You’ll be running a 5K in no time.
Eat the Right Things – Runner’s World
You’ve tuned up the engine, and now you could use some tips on how to fuel your body and get through your first 5K. Runner’s World’s Nutrition for Runners section has a number of guides and recipes aimed solely at runners looking to improve their performance on race day.
Find Your Race – Running in the USA
So, you think you’re ready? Great! But where are you going to run?
Here in the Northwest, we’re lucky to have dozens of races to choose from every single weekend. Running in the USA is a great repository of each and every race. Plus, you can register for many of the races directly from the site. Whether you’re looking for a Seattle 5K, a Portland 5K, or a race anywhere across the Pacific Northwest, you’ll find it here.
With these sites (and of course, all of our health and fitness tips here at Actively Northwest), you’ll be crossing the finish line of your first 5K in no time!