5K to Marathon: Advice and Tips to Jumpstart Running

5K to Marathon: Advice and Tips to Jumpstart Running

Ready to take on the coveted 26.2 miles? Try some of these tips.


By: Julie Meyers Pron

While runners find solace and peace in a running routine, many find it to be motivational to run toward a goal in mind. The feeling of accomplishment and self-worth is addicting. By the time a runner completes her first 5K, she’s committed to a routine and yearns for more.

Looking to reach a higher goal, she begins training for marathons. If you’re finding yourself in this spot, here are tips and advice from both runners and trainers to give your running routine a jolt in the right direction. Whether you’re training for another marathon or your first, read on to find out how seasoned pavement pounders got to their levels.

Find a Running Partner or Mentor
Many runners find that running with a partner can help push you further. A partner keeps you accountable for keeping up your regimen and you learn to set goals together, as well as be responsible for your growth and personal goals. Additionally, keeping company makes it rewarding if you reach milestones together (or, if you’re competitive, get a faster time than her or him in a competition).

Make sure you’re physically fit to start running before starting your training, however, and consult your doctor or physician.

Run with a Group
Training with an organization or group, such as the American Running Association will help you not only to set goals, but join a program that has worked for many others in the past. Teams will help you ramp up your training and you’ll have support from many runners with different backgrounds and training experiences. You may even find yourself sharing some of your own “war stories” about some of the more eventful runs you’ve had in the past.

Run for a Cause
If you find yourself needing a little extra push, running for a cause such as Team in Training, which raises money to fight cancer, makes running more than just a hobby. Oftentimes, it’s not just personal goals that push you, it’s the goals bigger than ourselves that can help us reach that finish line.

Follow a Professional’s Advice
Running gurus and professionals have created specialized programs to help runners train for marathons. Ask around and research recommendations that best suit your lifestyle.

Teach Yourself to be Consistent
No matter how experienced of a runner you are, consistency will lead to success. Run on a regular schedule and consistently increase your endurance and abilities. Many runners suggest setting a schedule.

Take Care of Yourself
It’s also important to have a fallback plan in case of an injury. Cross-training programs come in handy if you’re sidelined with a running injury.

But, above all, take care of yourself. Rehydrate, fuel and stretch.

And if you’re ever in need of motivation, keep the following in mind from runners who were once new to the sport — as we all are or were at one point:

“Above all else, remember, at one time, you thought you couldn’t run a 5K. Anything is possible.” – Dottie Foley

“Once you run a marathon… the feeling that you can handle anything is easier to muster!” – Cristie Ritz King

Julie is the owner and editor of Julieverse.com and VlogMom.com, a website and network focused on empowering video bloggers. She writes an education column for Rusty & Rosy’s blog page and specializes in parenting, education, organization and travel.

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