Completing a 5k race is an achievement for any runner wishing to gauge their progress and test their mettle against their peers. Unfortunately, jumping into 5k training leads many new runners to the doctor’s office instead of the finish line. Running without practicing proper mechanics or recovery can lead to lingering forms of knee, foot, or IT band pain. Ignoring these pains will eventually lead to a more serious overuse injury on race day.
Here are seven simple tips to help you train for your first pain-free 5k.