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How to Prepare for a Fun 5K Race

By Genevieve Cunningham

Completing a 5K is a great goal to have. These races can be found all over the place, and they're great motivation to help you get into shape. But preparing for a 5K isn't quite the same as simple exercise. You can work out regularly and still not be ready for a race. So how do you get there? What steps need to be taken to help you reach your goal? If you want to run a 5K in the near future, take a look at these tips for getting prepared and finding success in your quest. 

Choose a Cause

It's easier to stay motivated if you choose a 5K with a good cause. You can find runs that are for nothing other than fun if you like. But you can also find races that support cancer research, child abuse prevention, food banks, and much more. Find one that supports a cause you're passionate about. The more invested you feel, the more likely you'll be to stick with it and finish the race. 

Join a Program

Completing a 5K takes specific training. Luckily, there are programs all over the internet that can help you prepare your body and mind. Most of these programs will include a progression of running. You might only jog a few seconds in the beginning, but by the end, you're running the whole thing! Research to determine which is best for your particular needs, and then follow the program from beginning to end.

Don't Set Expectations Too High

Completing a 5K is a lot different from winning a 5K. Don't set your expectations too high, especially if this is your first race. It takes time to develop the stamina, the strength, and the race strategy. Make a goal to finish without walking, and celebrate when you do it. It's not about winning; it's about meeting your goal. Set attainable goals, and you'll be well on your way to both fun and success.

Running a 5K can actually be a lot of fun. It's not just for hardcore fitness fanatics. It's not just for serious runners. Anyone can do it! And anyone can find it to be incredibly addictive. Use these steps to prepare, and get in 5K running shape (and better health too!) in no time at all. 

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in San Clemente, Calif.

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