Couch to 5K and One Hour Runners


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    once you start racing, how often can you race? i find the list of local races on coolrunning waaaay too tempting. 5k doesn't seem like a long race though, so maybe people do them more often? is once a month too much?
    I am always doing that which I can not do, in order that I may learn how to do it. Pablo Picasso
      It depends on your body. Most people don't find racing a 5K once a month to be too much unless they're doing a ton of speedwork on top of that. Since you shouldn't be doing any speedwork at this point, I'd say that doing a monthly 5K race would be a fun way to track your progress and stay motivated. Big grin

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        My piece of advice on training routines post C2K and leading up to your race is this: change up your routes. Don't stick to the same route all the time. The mapping tool here on RA is awesome for figuring out specifics on a run like distance. Running different routes and not running the same one back to back was really freeing for me. I didn't have the mental bookmarks, like "last time I got to that turnaround at this many minutes". In training you want to just run and not worry about beating your last run as Wingz pointed out. Different routes let me just enjoy the run. Besides, come race day, you will be on a new course.

        "Don't feel like running today...suck it up and run're an athlete." (John Stanton, founder & owner of The Running Room)


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