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How to Run a 5K

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Lace up those running shoes! It’s time to run your first 5K! Credit: timtak

How to Run a 5K: Enjoy Your Progress!

You may be surprised how quickly you see your running skills progress in just eight weeks. There is no secret to running: it really is all about mental toughness. If you can push yourself to keep your feet moving, even when they are screaming to stop, you will not only succeed but you may also fall in love with running. Runners get that reward and strive for it with every step. That’s why they’re always excitedly looking ahead to bigger challenges and longer races.

So who wants to follow this how-to-run-a-5K plan with us? Ready to become a runner? Did you seasoned runners use this type of training to run your first 5K? Let’s talk about it! —Kelly


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  1. MzHartz says:

    I’m surprised you didn’t mention Couch to 5k: http://www.coolrunning.com/engine/2/2_3/181.shtml That’s what I used to get up to running a 5k, and it seemed pretty easy.

  2. Noel says:

    I began running by signing up for a 5K program at a running store. I not only had great coaches, but I met an amazing group of women. I also got a top notch training program and lots of tips regarding shoes, clothing, etc. It was worth every penny.

  3. This post is great because what I am doing now is not working 😉

  4. Jenni says:

    I used the Couch to 5K as well and it worked great – could barely handle a minute when I got started and a couple months later I was running the full three miles! It’s still a huge challenge though 🙂

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