By: Alexandria Haris
First off a 5K is a distance of 5 kilometers, 3.11 miles. To some this may not seem much of a challenge which is where other events like 10K and marathons (26.2 miles) come in. If you are, not in the best of shape, want to beat your personal record, or would like to get it off your bucket list, a 5K is a great place to start. Completing one with friends or family as a group is a great idea! Now with the warm weather in action, there are so many events going on for charity, the workout, or even for fun! You and a 5K are about to be greatest duo this summer
Picking a 5K:
This is not very complicated but there are still some suggestions on how to make your whole experience run more smoothly! Decide why you want to do the event. Is it for exercise or maybe you want to give back to the community? For a fun experience, there are Color Runs, glow in the dark and other developed events. Some are free and while with others you pay your way like the music festival Night Nation Run that I went to in the beginning of the month, June 3! For the event I was able to pick up my event shirt and bib beforehand which allowed me to not have to change shirts! I definitely do suggest working out 3 weeks before running a 5K.
Preparing for the Climb:
You are not required to train for the event and some are laid back so you can go at your pace, even walking with your BFF if it suits you. However, if you do decide to train for the event, don’t push yourself! Go for jogs/runs longer than your distance so that your event time is better. I personally tried to go for a minimum of 3.11 miles, but would jog about 5 miles on average. I always swear by the Nike+ Run Club App; I can keep track of my average time, distance, what my pace was at any given point in my workout. Another great app to try out for those who want more guidance is Aaptiv. Also, yes you will be running, but it is wise to mix in cardio, lifting, sport playing, and even swimming into your training to change things up.
You’re Getting There:
Moving on, packing wise it’s simple, bring as little as possible. Some events may supply you with beverages like mine did, but bringing a water bottle with you won’t hurt. Bring some extra cash in case you get hungry later, your phone, and a portable charger. Try not bring a bag with you, maybe if you have your car nearby. Do not, I repeat, do not rely on public transportation unless you live nearby or will be leaving the event extra early and by that I mean 2 or more hours before people start to leave! Carpooling is even better than coming along since parking will be limited and it is the ecological decision. Take photos with your gang as this will be a memory you will not forget! At the event that I attended had a music festival and after the running which was pretty fun and amped me up for the summer! Anyways, I guess you’re READY, SET, GO on your 5K this summer!