Running Tips For A 5K: 5 Tips To Help You Run Faster

running tips for a 5KThere are numerous running tips for a 5K on the internet.

The value in reading them all is you get numerous ways of how to run a 5K more effectively and hopefully earn you a personal best quicker.

That being said, we are in a sport where results do not come overnight. Also, I think it is safe to say that this is the process it takes to be successful at anything.

The Best Running Tips For A 5K…

will remind you that there are no shortcuts in this sport.

Regardless if you are a 5k to marathon specialist or not,  it takes a focused mind and and unwavering attitude to get results in this sport.

Are you seeking to set a new personal best for the 5K distance?

Run your very first 5K or seeking to lose weight?

Unfortunately, there are no easy ways to making any of this come about easily. It will take commitment and hard work. That being said, the fact that you are here already tells me you are ready for it.

I am certain if you follow these 10 running tips for  a 5K success you’ll run your future 5K races more successfully.

Have Fun

Don’t ever lose this number one ingredient when it comes to preparing for races.

You have to keep things lighthearted and relaxed. That being said, there is a time and place to be serious and that is during the workout.

Far too many athletes get too carried away with worrying about every little detail of their training. There is more to life than running. The key to running well is also being relaxed and not so tense.

If you are not enjoying training, stop all anaerobic training. Go out for a long jog, so slow that the old ladies with shopping baskets go past you. Do that until you start to enjoy it -Arthur Lydiard

Practice Race Pace

The shorter the race, the more speed is involved and the more anaerobic it becomes.

Anaerobic simply means that the activity or race in this case involves a higher oxygen demand as opposed to say walking or jogging.

It doesn’t take much to go out and jog. That being said, this is an anaerobic event that involves much less oxygen transport and delivery to your working muscles. W

Walking is much more manageable physiologically then racing in a 5K or marathon race.

The trick is trying to learn your goal pace.

If you can practice the pace you want to hold for the 5K distance it will make the race feel much more in control.

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Pace Yourself

Proper pacing is probably the most important running tips for 5K success I can share.

The idea that you can’t lose contact with the leaders has cut more throats than it has saved – Arthur Lydiard

One of the biggest mistakes runners make is running too fast, too early.

This is common and don’t beat yourself up if this has happened to you in the past.

The 5K gives the athlete far less time to correct pacing mistakes than longer races such as the half to full marathon events.

This goes back to implementing a training plan that helps set you up for success.

If you want to hold 8 minute mile pace for 3.1 miles going out the first mile in 6.45 is a disaster waiting to happen. Remember, no one wins the first mile. Run the last mile in 6:45, not the first.

If the fastest you have trained at is 8.15 pace how will trying to maintain 6.45 mile pace add up in the end in a race?

Be Patient In The Race

Learn to pace yourself early.

It is far better to run slower the first mile and run 10 seconds per mile faster the last two miles. 

It is not only painful but puts added mental stress on yourself after the race when you start asking yourself all the meaningless questions.

Is this goal I have too demanding?

Do I have what it takes to hit this fitness goal?

Am I asking too much of myself?

Do I have the talent to even achieve this goal?

Train and pace properly and you can do away with the meaningless chatter altogether. Capiche?

Find A Mentor Or Coach

I can’t stress this enough.

An experienced coach or mentor can help you make dramatic changes to your athletic performance.

I always wanted to break the 2.22.00 marathon barrier It was consulting with a professional that I was able to break that barrier. In fact, I ran under the 2:20:00 marathon barrier instead.

Do you have to have a coach in order to run a 5K successfully?

An investment in your self-development will bring a large return in your training and racing results.

Far too often we feel we are doing it the right way. We train endlessly and continue to miss our goals. Why is that?

Less Junk More Quality

You have to run run sufficient mileage at the proper paces.

We may not be eating enough iron rich foods or getting enough sleep.

A coach can help motivate the athlete and set a schedule the runner can follow.

Never go into any running endeavor without a plan.

Eat Properly, Hydrate Well, Get Enough Sleep

Ok, that was three tips in one but probably the most important to run a great 5K.

Remember, the results come in the rest.

Also, pay attention to the amount of iron rich foods you are taking in.

I was diagnosed with anemia back in 2007 and it cost me royally during my workouts and racing.

It took a Boston Marathon champion to help me to understand how important a role iron plays a role in athletic performance. My coach suggested I get my blood tested.

The result?

I was running dangerously low on ferritin and iron.

If you run low on iron it doesn’t matter if your goal is to run a 13.00 5K or a 30.00 5K.

You can have all the motivation in the world but your body will not be able to utilize oxygen as efficiently.

The problem is the body doesn’t produce it.

Iron Supplementation

You have to ingest it either via your diet or through taking iron supplementation.

I take a 65 milligram tablet per day along with Vitamin C as it help iron absorb in the body more efficiently.

The problem lies in the fact that many deserving, hard working athletes miss the mark because they fail to take all areas of preparation as seriously as they should.

Have confidence in yourself

Be inspired by yourself and what you have lying within you because we all can do far more than we have achieved at this point in our lives.

If others can do similar things with our bodies and performances who is to tell you and I that it isn’t possible for us.

I hope these few running tips for a 5K have helped in someway.

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