Running is a quick, easy, and efficient way to get in shape and feel good. If you’re looking to get fit or lose weight, an ideal way to achieve your goal is to combine a good running program with a sensible diet. Joe Muldowney, a competitive runner and coach, shares his tips on preparing for your first 5K race using a couch to 5K program.
Is Running for You?
Runners really do come in all shapes and sizes, and it is possible for you begin a running program at any age. Running is an inexpensive method of improving your fitness level. You can do it at any time and in any weather. It also doesn’t require a partner or teammates.
In addition, although it is advisable to set a goal of participating in a race, running is an individual sport. You really are competing against yourself, in an effort to attain your individual goal.
If you do decide to start running, I am convinced it won’t be long before you become an addict!
How to Get Started
1) Consider Whether You Need to Consult Your Physician
Running is not suitable for everyone and can be harmful to some people’s health. If you have any doubts, it is advisable for you to check with your physician (especially if you’re over the age of 40), whether a running program is appropriate for you.
2) Gear Up On Your Equipment
Running is very economical, but proper running shoes are essential. Your running shoes should be lightweight, flexible, made from a nylon material, and have good heel support. Most running specialty shops will assist you in properly fitting the right shoe for you.
3) Start Running
Next, it is simply a matter of stepping out the door or stepping on a treadmill.
However, if you intend to go from couch to 5K, you must first take a walk. Patience is the key to a successful beginner’s running program.
Start out by running too fast or too far, and you will only frustrate yourself and this may lead to you abandoning your plan.
You should begin by walking and then slowly integrate running into your regimen. Try to run 3 to 4 days a week, and be careful with your diet.
It is important to try to cut back on red meat, and eat more food but less products. You also need to load up on colorful fruits and vegetables, drink plenty of water, and say goodbye to sugary drinks.
Couch to 5K Race Program
Following a program is a great way to start your training for a 5K race. By the end of my 12-week couch to 5K plan, you should be able to run your first 5K race. Good luck!
About Joe Muldowney
Joe Muldowney is an accomplished runner who has been involved in competitive long distance running for 40 years. His vast experience has enabled him to coach several running teams and he now provides a one-on-one coaching service.
During his running career he has run 54 marathons, 51 of which have been under 3 hours. His best marathon time is 2:22:54, and, at age 57, he ran the 2010 Philadelphia Marathon in a time of 2:58:56. The Boston Marathon is a particular favourite – he has run this an impressive 16 times. Marathons aside, he has run more than 1000 road races, and logged over 123,000 miles.
Joe is also the author of the book “Running Shorts: A Collection of Stories and Advice for Anyone Who Has Ever Laced Up a Pair of Running Shoes” and his latest book is, “Personal Best.”
To find out more about Joe Muldwoney, you can visit his blog.