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Are you a runner? I do believe that certain people have a natural affinity for running. I, unfortunately, am not one of those people. Having to run the mile in school was my idea of sheer torture.
That being said, I have no idea what was going through my head when I signed up for a 5K run last summer. Well, that’s not exactly true. I wanted to get into better shape and was up for a challenge. Plus there are a ton of health benefits from running and it’s a great stress reliever!
Getting to the point of being able to run those 3.1 miles was not easy though. Thankfully, I had a training program that helped ease me into it.
How to Fight Through the PainEven with a great training schedule, it’s easy to get off track. When I go on my long runs, I sometimes get really bored and don’t always have the will to push myself to finish those two or three miles. All I can focus on is how much time is left until I can stop! I’m tired, sweaty, and cramping when I could be binge-watching Netflix on my couch in my pajamas!
To help me through those longer runs, I had to come up with some ways to distract myself from the pain. Here are some of the strategies that worked for me:
Listen to a podcast Recently I have been a podcast fanatic, especially of the true crime variety! Podcasts keep me entertained, and sometimes I get so into the storyline that my runs are over before I even know it!
Watch a favorite show When you are training indoors, try going to the gym when you know a favorite TV show is going to be on. That way you can concentrate on that and not on how much longer I have to be on the treadmill. I often bring my tablet to the gym to catch up on all my nerdy TV shows.
Make a new playlist each weekI make a new playlist on my phone every seven days or so to pump up my runs. Switching it up each week usually means that I won’t get sick of the songs and I can really get into the music versus focusing on how much I want this run to be over!
Break it up Three miles can seem really daunting, so I often break the run up in my head. I only let myself think about getting through this mile, rather than the next 2.
5K Training ScheduleRunning your first 5K this summer? Don’t fret! The Mayo Clinic has a great training schedule that will get you ready in just 7 weeks! It’s not as grueling as you might think! With a mix of running and walking, this schedule will help get you in shape for race day
When it comes down to race day, remember to have fun! 5Ks are a great way to get active with your friends, while giving back to an organization.
If you have to take short walking breaks during the race, don’t worry about it! I definitely did my first race and I was not the only one! Just keep moving to that finish line at whatever speed you can.
Are you training for a 5K? Tell us about how you are getting ready in the comments below!
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