Running a 5k, 10k, Half Marathon or Marathon: What to Know – Polar

Running a 5k, 10k, Half Marathon or Marathon: What to Know – Polar

What runners need to know before running a 5K

If you’re new to running, signing up for a 5K is a great way to stay motivated and work toward a specific goal. And if you’re a seasoned runner, training for a 5K can help you get faster and experience that familiar runner’s high in less time than it takes to watch an old episode of Seinfeld.

The 5K may be small in comparison to a marathon, but those 3.1 miles can pack a mighty punch. Keep these three key points in mind before running a 5K.

3 things to know about 10K TRAiNING

To many, the 10K is the perfect race distance. At 6.2 miles, it’s long enough to feel tough and satisfying, but short enough that you can still run hard and fast. Plus, unlike a marathon, the training doesn’t totally take over your life.

But to others, the 10K is the ultimate challenge: It gives you just enough time to totally burn out, and going out too fast can seriously hinder your overall performance. To avoid this, consider these three things before you start training.

5 things to keep in mind before running a half marathon

There’s a reason the half marathon is the fastest-growing race distance in the U.S. Sure, it’s a popular bucket-list item for many, but running 13.1 miles is hard. Committing to a half marathon will probably somewhat drastically affect your lifestyle  and your hunger levels but the feeling you’ll get when you cross that finish line is one you’re likely to remember forever.

Whether you just committed to your first or your fiftieth, here are five things to keep in mind.

5 marathon training rules to swear by

The marathon. 26.2 miles. For a runner, it’s the ultimate challenge. It means committing your life to training at least for a few months spending your Saturday mornings running for hours at a time, and, on race day, willingly running further than most people drive in a week.

But there’s that allure. That challenge. That “can I do this?” Then the “I will do this.” And finally, “I just did that.”

Megan Harrington loves the distance but says mastering it requires some serious mental and physical strength. Here are her five best pieces of advice for new and veteran marathoners alike.

And remember: Listen to your body and your own ambition – not everybody has to go for the marathon. As said, running 5Ks and 10Ks can be just as challenging and rewarding if you just keep it interesting and spice up your training with, for example, tempo runs and interval training.

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Please note that the information provided in the Polar Blog articles cannot replace individual advice from health professionals. Please consult your physician before starting a new fitness program.

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