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My First 5K

 

My First 5K 3/3/2018

Today was my first official 5K, and if I could do it so can you. Recently I decided that based on my last physical that I need to take my health more seriously. As a resul, I started doing more weight Training and more cardio. Treadmills are nice but, there nothing better than actual feeling your feet pound the pavement.

If you ever wanted to do a 5K, Below are some tips I learned thus far in my running career of sorts.

WHAT I LEARNED FROM MY FIRST 5K

ARRIVE EARLY FOR THE RACE

Try to arrive at the check-in station at least 30 minutes before the start of the race. I just made it in the nick of time. I left later than I should have and I had to run to the check-in station to get my runners number and T-shirt. This was especially unfortunate, but I used up way too much energy just let people know that I was present.

2) FOLLOW UP WITH THE RACE OFFICIALS IF NEEDED

The next thing I learned was that you should call the officials of the race the week or day before to get the details of the race. I was under the impression they would send out email with details for the race. I can’t imagine that all 5K races are like this, but if you do not receive the correct correspondence, you need to follow up yourself

3) HAVING THE CORRECT SHOES MAKES A DIFFERENCE

Size 15’s

 

Prior to running the race, I was running in just regular shoes. As a result, I was having a lot of pain in my knee and my back. I talked to a co-worker of mine that runs a lot she informed me that I needed to go to FLEET FEET in Irmo, SC so that I could check out what type of running shoe that I need to run in. I was told that I needed a neutral shoe. I purchased a pair of shoes and it made the difference. They were a little expensive $120 but well worth it.

4) USE THE BATHROOM BEFORE THE RACE

Because I was late, I did not use the bathroom because I just had enough time just check in and then get to the starting line for the race. This is why getting to the race is early is important.

5) HAVE YOUR RUNNING PLAYLIST READY

Having my running playlist was a game changer. Having my music made the run so much enjoyable and it allowed me to be able to set my pace to the beat of the music. Some people do not need music. I do. You have to figure out what type of runner that you are.

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