Preparing for a 5K

A little preparation can go a long way when running a 5K.

Want to run a 5K? Know that a little preparation can go a long way in getting you to the finish line.

• Get ready to go the distance. A 5K translates into 3.1 miles, a distance that's often long enough to be challenging but short enough to be reasonable. If you're a beginner runner, you can likely train for a 5K in as little as two months or less.

• Stick to a schedule. Many running authorities, such as Runner’s World magazine and Olympic runner Jeff Galloway, offer 5K training schedules. These plans provide runners with a schedule of prescribed daily distances mixed with cross training and rest days. Such guides increase the distance you run by increments designed to be big enough to build endurance while small enough to prevent injury.

• Stay motivated by running for a good cause. Consider taking part in an event such as Relay for Life. Sponsored by the American Cancer Society, Relay for Life raises awareness and funding in an effort to fight cancer. Relay teams camp out overnight and take turns running or walking around a local track or path for up to 24 hours. Sound like fun? Relay for Life of McKinney will take place Friday, April 26 at 7:00 pm at the ballfields at Craig Ranch. Learn more, register and/or donate online.

To learn more about exercising regularly as part of living a healthy lifestyle, talk with your doctor. If you need to find a doctor, use our online Find a Physician service or call our toll-free Physician Referral Line at 1-855-296-6265.

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