How to prepare for a 5K race

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It’s summer, and that means it’s the perfect time to starting training for your local 5k race. Look in your local Starbucks or community bulletin board, and chances are that you’ll be able to find a worthwhile cause to run for. What if you’re an inexperienced runner though? How do you go about preparing for a 3.1 mile run? What if the 3.1 miles seems like a daunting challenge? Well then, it’s never too early to start preparing.

As one of the most common lengths for cross country races, Pro Sport Treadmills can help you get in shape for the task. Here’s a list of handy tips to help get you started:pro-sport-treadmill

  • If you’re a beginner and just starting off when it comes to running long distances, using a Pro Sports treadmill is a great way to build up your endurance and cardiovascular fitness. Start by walking and slowly build your way up towards short runs. For the first week of training, start off by seeing if you can run one mile comfortably. Gradually increase your distance from there.
  • Intermediate or advanced runners who are in good physical condition and have previously run long distances before can also benefit by using a treadmill. Use it to set an even pace over forty minutes or try to break your own personal record. A treadmill can help give you control over your workout as you can add to the difficulty gradually over time.

Extra tips:

  • Using a treadmill indoors can let you train regardless of the inclement weather.
  • You can run as fast or slow as you want during training by using the treadmill’s settings.
  • Running on a treadmill creates less of a shock than running on pavement meaning that it’s often better for your feet and joints.

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