Tips on How to Get Ready for Your 5K Run
Signing up for a 5k is an excellent way to challenge yourself to stick with a consistent workout training schedule. Maybe you’re prepping for your first race and your goal is to simply prove you can do it. (You can!) But take our word for it, once you complete your first race, you just may find yourself hooked — and on a long-term mission to improve your “PR”. (That’s endurance athlete shorthand for “personal record”.)
Finishing a 5k — which is 3.1 miles — is not just about running fast, of course. You also have to develop aerobic capacity and muscular endurance so you don’t poop out before the finish line. That means you’ll not only need to incorporate distance running, you’ll also need to strengthen your lower body muscles and core to promote efficient running form.
Yes, that means strength training workouts are a critical component to improving your cardio endurance. Working within various speed ranges helps you build your capacity for distance and speed, no matter your distance goal.
Fortunately, Gixo has you covered. On your cardio training days, consider signing up for our class, The Race. It will help you tap into that competitive spirit. Or consider taking Endurance Builder to increase your staying power. On a basic training day, the Essentials is a great option. Feeling hardcore or competitive? Try Bootcamp. Your hips, quads, and glutes will benefit from our strength-based classes too. The lower-body-centric Booty Work would be a highly effective class in your 5k training. Strength Tabatas will provide overall stability and weight training work. Then perhaps throw in Total Core and you’re good to go.
Whichever class you take, be sure to stick around for the cool down to help increase your flexibility. Go ahead, take a spin through our class list. You’re sure to find a variety that will help you sprint through 5k finish line. Happy training!