Last updated on September 15, 2011 by Liza Hawkins
- Use the Couch to 5K Program – also known as #C25K – and pay for the upgrade on your phone or iPod. I found posting to Facebook at the end of each day was a motivator for me, and also a way for me to stay focused. The whole “people are watching” thing can really keep you going….
- Stick to the C25K program and give yourself the nine weeks to get through it. They’re the experts, people, and even though you may want to skip ahead, don’t. I signed up for my first 5K and only had six of the nine weeks in C25K complete – I finished the 5K, running all but a minute or two, but had I trained for the full nine weeks, I probably would have rocked that first 5K!
- Drink lots of water the day before. I kept getting those pesky side stitches, and one of the reasons was because I wasn’t tanking up with enough H2O the day before I ran. Imagine that!
- Focus on breathing. I had no idea how important breathing would be, and how not breathing correctly would be another cause of those pesky side stitches. Think Lamaze breathing – in through the nose, out through the mouth. Eeeh-eeeh, hooh-hooh. Whatever. It works.
- Buy good running shoes. Like, go to a running store, have someone fit you for running shoes, and buy them. The ones that aren’t on sale. The ones that might cost over $100. Your feet and legs will thank you.
- Buy good running socks that aren’t cotton. Again, your feet will thank you.
- Grab a running buddy. See the first step in regards to motivation and accountability.
- Sign up for a 5K. Best advice given to me out of anything. Without a concrete goal, and $25 invested in a race, chances are you’ll give up. I’m being serious here. Check out Active.com for races near you!