As the owner of OnTrack Fitness, Emily Collins has a real passion for fitness. She shared some of that enthusiasm with us this sumer by organizing a walk/run program for FitCity Indianapolis. And she’s still sharing. Here are some of Emily’s tips for starting – or continuing – a 5K training program.
Our first summer 5k beginner walk/run program has wrapped up, and everyone did a great job. It was a busy summer for everyone, but people made the training workouts as they could and even brought their children to walk with them.
It was really nice as a trainer, to see people come together and train even with varied goals and fitness levels. Some participants were strictly training for the 3.1 mile to walk it, while other people were training to for their first run.
For those that were in the program, and for everyone else training for a 5k, here are a few tips to help you keep going:
- Make sure you’ve picked a race and registered for it so you have a date set. It becomes real to you when you actually sign up. If you’re training for a 5k but haven’t picked one out, you’re less likely to keep up your training and more likely to quit.
- Don’t be afraid to push yourself a bit. Our bodies are capable of more than we think they are, so don’t be afraid to go out a little harder, faster or longer than usual. You’ll be surprised how good you feel and how well your body responds to higher demands.
- Continue to set goals and participate in events. Your 5k is just the beginning! Even during the cooler weather, make sure you keep working toward some kind of goal.
- Try something out of your comfort zone. Try running, do a 10k or why not try your hand at a triathlon?! There are a lot of indoor triathlons in the winter months that are great for beginners. If you need some guidance, check out our newbie triathlon club.
Whatever you do, don’t give up on your goals! Stay focused, find like minded people to exercise with and most importantly, have fun!