Going for a run has the many benefits including the fitness factor, stress relief, time out, relaxation, fresh air as well as the sense of achievement from reaching your goals. It can be an exciting time when you start taking part in races, one of the first being the five kilometers race.
The First Five Kilometers Race
Once a beginner runner has become fit enough to enter a five kilometer race he or she can feel very excited and get a great sense of achievement and motivation. This is the time where you can happily say you are no longer a jogger in the park. It is advisable to seek an advice from an experienced runner or even a personal trainer to make sure you are preparing correctly and safely for this event.
Tips for Your First Five Kilometer Race
Punctuality is the key element here. When you first book taking part in the race, you must think about organizing yourself in such way that you allow an hour to arrive there prior to the start of the race. This is so you can find a space to park your car, check in and, of course, do the warm up. In the weeks coming up to the race you should do some practice with the pace you wish to run at, as well as, do a small tempo running. In your warm up you should do a lot of stretches for at least twenty minutes and also do a simple mile. A very good tip is to make sure your bowels are not full for the race, so ensure you taper your food allowance a couple of days prior to the five kilometer race.
Mistakes to Avoid When Doing Your Five Kilometer Race
You have practiced the pace you are comfortable to run at, so don’t make the mistake of trying to run at the same pace as the other runners in the race. This mistake often happens to beginners because of the adrenalin they are feeling. Don’t make the mistake of starting out at the fast pace, you will only lose your energy half way and thus lose your momentum. Don’t wear heavy running shoes, try to buy a pair that are light as well as comfortable and supportive. Many people put too much clothes on and end up having to undress and remove layers whilst running. A simple calculation is to dress as if it were ten degrees warmer outside than it actually is.