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GT Fit: 5k run tips

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A 5k race is  a very popular race and distance for all levels of fitness enthusiasts.  The 3.1 mile run is awesome challenge for the beginner and great place for more experienced runners to gauge their current fitness level.  Any given weekend there is a 5k going on and usually involves some charity or organization sponsorship so entering races is also a good way to give back to your community.  The distance seems daunting at first when you’re not fit and starting to train, but the body was made to travel so 3 miles isn’t much.  Once race day arrives adrenaline takes over and will aid in your efforts.

Here are a few things to help you prepare for the race.

  • Eat as you normally would, the 5k distance does not need a carb load
  • wear comfortable shoes but not new shoes (avoid blisters)
  • don’t wear to many clothes, allow for increase in body heat
  • warm up before race, don’t start cold
  • not too fast out the gate and run on “E” the last half of the race
  • find a nice rhythm or running pace, tuck in behind somebody and follow (less wind)
  • do your best, the last runner to cross the line is just the slowest winner

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