Story by: Kim Huston on December 8, 2017
With the new year right around the corner, you may be thinking about your personal goals for 2018. Want to start running? Are you a runner already but want to up your game? Here are some tips to help you get from the couch to a 5k, or from a 10k to a half or full marathon.
Though it may seem too early, picking a race to sign up for is a very important step. By signing up for a race ahead of time, you’ll give yourself a goal to train for. It can help you stay motivated through any potential pitfalls and keep you accountable — plus, you’ve already paid the entry fee. Choosing an event that supports a cause you care about can bring a special meaning to the whole experience.
Find a training plan that meets your running goal and follow it. Several local running stores offer beginner 5k training calendars, or look for mobile apps dedicated to getting new runners off the couch and running.
Signing up for the Kentucky Derby Festival miniMarathon or Marathon? Norton Sports Health hosts a free Kentucky Derby Festival Marathon training program. The 14-week training program features organized group runs, training tips and preparation. The Norton Sports Health training program gives you tools to help you meet your personal goals:
If it’s your first 5k, half or full marathon, plan on simply finishing. If it’s your second or third race, set a a couple of finish time goals. Make one goal your ideal race time and the second a back-up goal, in case something like inclement weather causes you to lose time.
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