Contributed by Sheila Johnson
There’s a little more to running a 5K than lacing up your sneakers, especially if you’ve barely run a mile before. Successfully completing your first 5K requires some time for training and some discipline for practice, but it doesn’t have to require a lot of added cost. Put these budget-savvy tips to use during all of your race preparations:
Seek Out Deals for Your Running Basics
You don’t need a lot of gear to get started as a runner, especially if you only plan on running a 5K. Having some running basics, however, like supportive shoes, comfortable clothing and useful accessories can help you push through any discomfort of your initial training period. Without this gear, you may be more likely to give up if you’re training in hot or cold weather, or if you begin to experience blisters or other common running issues. Thankfully for your budget, picking up these running essentials doesn’t have to come with a huge price tag. Shoes will be the most expensive item on your list, unless you invest in a tracker, but you can grab a promo code or coupon online to save some major bucks on all of your running and training needs. You may even get cash back on your purchases, so you can stock up on more gear.
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Ken Presutti is a certified ChiRunning instructor, ACE Personal trainer, Spinning instructor, and coach. This blog is a mix of new articles and posts from his original blog, Overkill is Underrated.