Preventing Injury while Training for a 5K

If you have been serious about your training for the 5K run, you should be on week three. You’re more then half way through so don’t give up!

Preventing Injury while Training for a 5K
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Running is a very demanding activity that can cause injury, so as you’re training for your 5K, it is important to think about the best ways to prevent them. The wrong shoes, your foot strike methodology, improper warm-ups, plus weight and muscle imbalance can contribute to running injury. But, you can minimize your risk of injury by doing one very important thing: Cross-train. 

Cross-training is an exercise regimen that uses several modes of training. When you cross train you spread the cumulative impact and stress over many muscles and joints. This prevents the muscle imbalance and overwork that happens when you do only one type of exercise, like running. As this training plan gets harder and harder cross-training becomes more important.

Other benefits of cross training include:

  • Better conditioning, allowing you to run longer
  • Increased healing time
  • Increased overall fitness
  • Weight loss

Cross training can include swimming, cycling, weight training, and yoga, all of which work different muscle groups and improve your fitness level. 
By the way, we love the pictures you have been posting as you train and get ready for the big event. Be sure to use the hashtag #walkfortalk on social media. So keep posting and sharing your success. You can still order Goodie Bag and show off some great swag. Remember to ask your friends and colleagues to join your walk. It’s free to sign-up and the moral support you get is invaluable.