Follow these tips as you prepare for a 5K run.

Did you know that North Hills Hospital is the official medical provider for the No Limits Run 5K and Half Marathon at the Texas Motor Speedway on October 27? For novice runners thinking about running the 5K, now is the time to get serious about your running routine and start a training plan. Don't be intimidated! You can do this. It just means a little focus on your part. Think of how great it will feel to accomplish a 5K!

Here are some tips to get you started:

1. Ease into your routine gradually. Get your body used to walking and light jogging at the start. Any sudden, strenuous running routine could put you at risk for serious injury.

2. Don't underestimate the power of walking. Training for a 5K does not mean that you should run throughout your entire training. Walking will prepare you well, too, and give your body a break while building endurance and strength.

3. Make a schedule and stick to it. The Couch to 5K Running Plan and the Cowtown Marathon website both share some great routine ideas, be sure to check them out!

4. Wear the right shoes. Running is hard on your body and the right shoes will act as shock absorbers while supporting your feet properly. Shoes can also wear out over time; shoes that were great a year ago won't help you during your training now. Make the investment in new shoes that fit right and work well for running.

5. Train with a friend. Running with a partner will keep you motivated and help you keep a pace while you train. Plus, a little conversation and company will help distract you and make training much more enjoyable!

Be sure to register for the the No Limits 5K Run now! Click here for more information.

Before beginning any new exercise routine, we recommend that you talk to your physician. For a physician referral, please call 1-855-5NHILLS.

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