How To Prepare For Your Fall 5k Race
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The leaves are changing, the wind is blowing and the school year is in full swing. Yes, fall is almost among us! I love fall, it is actually my favorite time of the year. There are so many reasons why I love fall. First off I'm a fall baby (September 24th). Secondly, I love chunky sweaters and riding boots and...of course how can I not mention fall running?!
There is something absolutely peaceful about running outdoors during the fall. The weather is perfect and seeing the leaves change is something I look forward to on my runs, especially here in Colorado. Just about every year since I have lived here I have signed up for a fall race, usually a 5k. I want to encourage you to sign up for a race this fall and today I'll share with you how to prepare.
Find a race.
The first thing you want to do to prepare for your fall race is searching online for a race near you. I like to use Active.com to find races in my area. If you are a beginner who has never done a 5k, I would say give yourself at least 6-8 weeks to train for your 5k. Search for something that is later in the fall season if you are just starting out. Turkey Trots are always fun and they are usually held around Thanksgiving time. If you start training today, you will have plenty of time.
Follow a training plan.
Once you have found your race you have to start training. There are a ton of 5k training plans online to choose from. I personally like to use training plans that include the run/walk method. This method is especially good for beginners. With the run/walk method, you will run for a certain amount of time and then walk for a time. You alternate between running and walking until you can build up the endurance to run the entire time. You build endurance by increasing your run time each training session.
Here is one of my favorite run/walk workouts to follow as well. Save it or print it out for later.
Nourish your body.
Now that you have started a new training plan, you have to make sure you are staying fueled and nourished for your training. Kellogg’s® Special K® Bars are a great snack to grab before or after your run.
I love grabbing Kellogg’s® Special K® Bars for a quick snack before I head out of the door. I find they are just enough to keep me nourished through my short 5k training runs. I like the Red Berries flavor and the love the Chocolatey Pretzel flavor, it is salty-sweet and yummy!
I picked these up in the cereal and granola bar aisle at my local King Soopers grocery store. Visit SpecialKFortify.comto locate Kellogg’s® Special K® Bars in your area.
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Now that you've trained and are all ready for your 5k, take a little time the night before the race to set out what you will need on race day. I am always a little nervous on the morning of a race, so I try to ease my mind as much as I can by getting my things together the night before.
Running clothes are obvious but I alway make sure I have the following things ready as well: A water bottle, headphones, a fully charged phone or iPod (with running playlist ready), a snack and a pair of shoes (both in sight)
Bonus Tip: map out your race location and leave a little early to find good parking!
Ok friends, those are my tips for preparing for your fall 5k race. I hope you find these tips helpful and find an awesome 5k to run this fall.
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Do you have a race planned for the fall?
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