By Kristen Scruggs
Chapter Leader for the East Orlando Chapter of Moms RUN This Town
Racing season here in Florida is usually mid-September through the end of April. There are lots of distances to choose from, ranging from the 5k (3.1 miles) to the marathon (26.2 miles). But there are also many “fun runs” that are introducing running as sport to all kinds of new people! When I’m not writing custome guides and proform elliptical reviews, I like to mentor young runners into good habits, join me on my daily runs in my neighborhood if you know me.
If you’re just getting into running and plan to run a 5k or two, there are just a few essentials you need before you make a full commitment to running. Because once that happens, the accessories and “needs” are endless (in a good way)! Some even say that running is the most expensive free sport! But please don’t let that deter you – running IS my favorite sport and does wonders for your health, both mentally and physically!
Before your first race, I suggest training for at least a month, starting with a C25k training plan (search your app store for “C25k” – or “couch to 5k”), to work on your form and endurance.
Running is FUN! And to be sure you enjoy your 5k, please have breakfast before the race – at least an hour ahead of time. Keep it simple: oatmeal or a granola bar with a banana.
After the race, if you enjoyed the training and overall experience, find a running group! There are people with all paces, and networking in this way will help you stay motivated for future races! Enjoy!