STICK TO THE PLAN: You need to be diligent about following it. Resist
the urge to pile miles on to the plan, even if you’re feeling great. Doing too
much before your body is ready puts you at risk for getting hurt, and often
you don’t know that you’re overdoing it until it’s too late. After you make it to
the starting line, then you can add on mileage and intensity
SCHEDULE YOUR WORKOUTS: You won’t ever find time for your runs
unless you make some time for them in your schedule. Plug your workouts into
your phone, computer, daily appointment planner, on the front of your refrigerator,
or treat them as unbreakable appointments that you can’t miss. Tell family and
friends about your 5-K goal so that they can help keep you accountable during
BUY THE RIGHT SHOES: Worn-out or ill-fitting shoes can lead to injury.
If you’re not sure whether your running shoes are in shape for 5-K training, go to
a specialty running store, like Road Runner’s in Tualatin, to get help finding the pair that offers the support and fit your feet need.