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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
Photo: Nils Nilsen

4. Get Proper Running Shoes

I cannot stress enough the importance of this. Go to a specialty running store and get your feet and gait analyzed. Treat your feet right and they’ll protect the rest of your body. Running in the wrong shoes or worn out shoes could lead to injury and won’t bring you to the start line, let alone the finish line.

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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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