Running Your First 5K Race

Are you ready to run your first 5K? Lace up those running shoes!

I recall running my first 5K after getting back into running in 2014. I hadn’t run in a competitive race since 2001 during my senior year of high school. I was much more fit back then and heck of a lot faster in a trim teenager body. Let’s just say that my overweight 29-year-old body wasn’t doing any favors in the quickness department that day. I wasn’t exactly what you call “gazelle-like.”

But, dammit, I was back baby.

I don’t remember much about that day. However, it officially signified the beginning of something huge in my life. I was a runner again — and I was training for my first half marathon in November of that year.

Like I said — I was back. And I was embarking on something that many people only thought about, joked about at parties, or said they would accomplish as another trashed New Year’s resolution.

It all started with that 5K race.

OK, a bit of a dramatic entrance. I know. But, don’t make light of the fact that you decided to run your first 5K. Whether you’re coming out a long “retirement” like I did or if you’re just starting, it doesn’t matter. You can do this and I’m going to help you get there.

Here’s a list of the things we will cover: