FIT for Women, Health & Wellness

Thinking about running your first 5K?

By The Edith Sanford team

February 20, 2014

Run your first 5K with TeamEdith!Spring is just around the corner and that means the season of the 5K is almost upon us. Will this be the year you run your first race?

Maybe you’ve thought for ages that you should test yourself by signing up. Maybe your winter cabin fever inspired you to commit to joining your friends on a team. No matter how your commitment came about, you’re going to need a training plan to help you be your best come race day!

The team at Women’s Running has a fantastic plan to get you started and keep you moving toward 5K readiness, but here are a few tips to keep in mind as you begin:

Talk to your doctor

Before embarking on any new exercise regimen, it’s always a good idea to check in with your doctor and get the go ahead.  Better safe than sorry!

Start slow

Here’s a good rule of thumb: Start where you are, not where you want to be. Pay attention to your body and don’t push too hard right away.  Remember the story of the tortoise and the hare – slow and steady wins the race!

Pick your equipment

You don’t need to spend a fortune, but make sure you have comfortable, breathable clothing. Invest in some reflective wear if you’ll be training at night. Visit a running store and ask them to check your gait and help you select the right shoes. The right gear makes a difference!

Find a running buddy

Having a friend to motivate you to stick to your schedule can make all the difference. It’s hard to skip a pre-work run when you know your friend will be waiting for you.  Plus, it’s just more fun to have a buddy to share the ups and downs of training. Strength in numbers!

Join TeamEdith™!

If you’re going to run, why not help fight breast cancer at the same time? When you race for TeamEdith, every penny you raise be invested directly in cutting-edge genomic research to help find the cures. Faster. Learn more!

Running your first 5K takes planning, preparation and dedication, but the satisfaction of achieving your goal is well worth the effort. Happy running!