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First Timer 5K Training Tips

  • By Mario Fraioli
  • Published Sep. 16, 2011
  • Updated Oct. 22, 2012 at 12:47 PM UTC

Make training manageable…and fun!

Written by: Laura Ouimet

Signing up to run a 5K race is the perfect way to kick-start a fitness routine and/or shed those unwanted pounds. For many beginning runners, the initial training routine can seem daunting. However, there are a few tips to follow that will not only make training manageable, but also fun.

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Many beginning runners chose to enter the race world by participating in a recreational run, such as a Thanksgiving Day race. If you sign up to run a Thanksgiving Day race, start your training program in September to ensure that you are fit and trim for the beginning of the holiday season! By beginning with a structured and realistic training routine, you will begin to create a healthy and active lifestyle for yourself that you can carry through the holiday season and into the new year, continuing the hard work you put in for three months.

Here’s are five essential tips to get you hitting the pavement and ready for the starting line, healthy and injury free.

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Mario Fraioli

Mario Fraioli

Mario Fraioli is a senior editor at Competitor magazine. A cross-country All-American at Stonehill College in 2003, he now coaches the Prado Women's Racing Team in San Diego and was the men's marathon coach for Costa Rica's 2012 Olympic team. His first book, The Official Rock 'n' Roll Guide To Marathon & Half-Marathon Training (VeloPress, 2013) is available in bookstores, running shops and online.

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