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Tips for a Successful Holiday 5K

By Donna Stark

So you allowed your friend to convince you it is a good idea and you chose to jump out of your comfort zone and sign up. Although now, you are a little scared about what you really signed up for. You are positive that there is no way you can get ready in time for the event and the outfit your friend wants you to wear? Do people actually dress up as holiday figures to run a 5K? Well, yes, they do but don't you worry, because, with a few helpful tips and a little extra effort on your part, you will be crossing that finish line in style!

Tips to Successfully Run a Holiday 5K

It is completely understandable to have some hesitancy about running a 5K if you have never done so before, and it's especially understandable if your friend wants you to run it in a gingerbread man suit. But just like that gingerbread man who ran as fast as he could, so will you come race day. Check out the following suggestions on how to successfully overcome any hurdles and have a great race no matter what your goal.

  • Plan your training - Running on the treadmill for 30 minutes in the gym is a lot different than running on the streets for over three miles, so start your training well in advance of the race. Work on increasing your endurance and run on the actual course for practice. You'll be glad you did.
  • Have a pre-race snack - Sure, your thoughts may only be on the big meal you plan on eating later in the day, but make sure you grab something to eat before the race too! Plan on eating about two hours before the race and choose something simple, like a bowl of oatmeal, a bagel with peanut butter, or an English muffin with a piece of fruit.
  • Stay hydrated - Drink plenty of water before, during, and after the 5K, but avoid guzzling a ton right before the starting gun. You don't want to start your first race feeling sick to your stomach or needing to hit the bathroom right away. The best way to tackle your hydration is to drink plenty of water the day before.
  • Choose comfortable clothes - No matter what you wear for your run, you have to make sure it is comfortable and safe. Avoid wearing any costumes that will limit your mobility or cause you to trip and make sure your sneakers provide plenty of support and are not brand-new. Nothing kills a run as much as a fall or a blister does.

Crossing That Finish Line

Crossing that finish line is such an accomplishment and is definitely something that you can look forward to! So, follow the suggestions above, and don't forget to smile for the camera!

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