My husband is an avid runner. With five marathons under his belt and countless half-marathons and 10Ks, he is my running role model and coach.
As part of his constant training, he turns to Runner’s World Magazine (RW) for tips, advice and motivation and has had a subscription to the magazine for as long as I can remember. RW is a fantastic resource for beginner runner’s, intermediate runners and pros alike. The thing I like best about RW, other than their fantastic, interesting recipes, are their motivating training programs! This is why this magazine makes my list of favourite publications in addition to GQ, Harper’s Bazaar, Nylon and Marie-Claire.
So? Thinking about running your first race but don’t know where to start? Well, here is RW’s collection of tips for making the transition to boring treadmill running to the thrill and exhilaration of crossing the finish line of your first 5K. Know that when you pin on your bib number and take your spot at the starting line, you’ve entered a positive, supportive community. If you are feeling a little intimidated about signing up for a race, I highly encourage you to go watch one in your area. I promise you that the energy will motivate you like nothing else. Read on and godspeed!
From Treadmill Running to Outdoor Running
A runner who is used to using a treadmill might find running outside (in front of others) intimidating. Start by running in a park or on a trail, where you’ll mostly see other runners and walkers, once of twice a week. Then, try the sidewalks near your home.
From Outdoor Running to Joining a Group Run
In a race, you’ll start in a crowd. Practice by running with a group. Find one online or by asking at your running store. Before you go, make sure there will be some runners at your ability level. Once you find a group you like, run with them at least every other week.
From Joining a Group Run to Doing a Fun Run
Untimed runs (like colour runs and some mud and obstacle runs) are a good way to test drive racing. New runners feels less pressure when they’re not on the clock, and the atmosphere is usually relaxed. If you enjoy one of these, you’ll likely enjoy race too!
From Doing a Fun Run to Running Your First Race!
Ask around to find an event that’s fun for beginners. First-timers should avoid very hilly courses and races that take place in very hot or very cold weather. On race day, start near the back of the pack, make the first mile your slowest, and follow your normal run-walk routine. Most important, just relax, take it in and have fun!