(aka Run Your First 5K)
I love spring and the start of the Newbie triathlon season. I love helping people start out from “I’m not sure how to swim” or “I don’t have a bike” and helping cheer and support them through to their first triathlon. If you want some help, let me know!
At the CTC Newbie kick-off recently, I talked to some people though who were new to running. And they wanted to know, how do you train for a triathlon when you’re freaked out about the run?
Here are 3 Tips to help get you started:
1. Think of doing your first 5K first.
You can use a Couch to 5K program to map out your plan. You can start from ANYWHERE and the Couch-to-5K will help you get This is a good match because most sprint triathlons have a 5K run distance.
If you’ve never done a full 5K,you can DEFINITELY complete your first sprint or super-sprint using the Galloway Method – a legitimate training method of run-walk used by thousands up to the marathon distance!
A walk/run combination is A-OK! I did walk-run right off the bat in Ironman. My coach recommends you plan for it.
2. Think about what tools you can use to motivate you.
Some of us have the intrinsic motivation to get into a running habit pretty easily. Others of us, we are bribing ourselves. Figure out which camp you’re in, and recognize that this may change over time.
You can use apps like: Runkeeper, NikeRunning, MapMyRun apps.
You can also get and use an activity tracker to keep track of things, like a Fitbit or a Garmin Vivofit.
3. Try a super sprint triathlon to start if you’re really freaked out.
The Run portion of a sprint triathlon is usually 3 miles/ 5K. If you’re really spooked by the distance, go for a SuperSprint or indoor triathlon! Usually these are just a 1 mile run, or a time-based run/walk of 15 minutes.
Words of Wisdom:
You may feel ungraceful. That’s OK. Usually we all do. It’s a runner’s secret. Just keep going.
Running Newbies: What questions do you have? What are you afraid of? Experienced ones, what other tips do you have for new runners?