You’ve been going to the gym for months. You’ve finally braved the treadmill and built up some endurance. The person that’s been running next to you has told you at the water fountain that they’re training for their sixth 5k run. You go home and Google how far 5k actually is. Three miles! Three miles doesn’t sound too hard. You’ve been running/walking up to a mile for the past month.
You start doing your research and find a couple of programs that say they can get you to your first 5k in a matter of weeks. You feel pumped and confident in your ability to complete this run. So, you sign up for your first 5k and tell yourself you’ll be a champion is six short weeks. How hard is it to actually run a 5k race, and how do you train for one?
Getting Started: How to Train for Your First 5k?
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Running is a great way to lose weight and in particular body fat. Running as an activity falls under the category of aerobic exercise as it:
A. Increases the heart rate!
B. Increase the rate of breathing and thus the amount of oxygen transported to the muscles!
The importance of these two factors is that they enable the body to begin to use body fat as the primary energy source instead of glycogen. In the beginning of your run, stored carbohydrates in the muscle are the energy source. This lasts for about 30 minutes until the amount of glycogen is reduced by 30%
While you can’t measure the reduction by yourself, it occurs when your heart rate –
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