5K Season in Naperville

From Shamrock Shuffles to Glow Runs, spring means local races for runners at every level.

Since a good number of participants walk and run, 5Ks are great for beginners, but experts recommend giving yourself at least eight weeks to get back in shape and build up gradually.

“Even start doing walking with running; starting with just that and not being discouraged. I don’t think anybody has to go out and think they have to run two to three miles tomorrow. If you do that, you’re probably going to be really sore. So slow, steady, don’t worry about the time for your first one, that will come down the road, later,” said Midge Good, General Manager of Naperville Running Company.

For runners looking to take it to the next level, there’s at least one race every weekend throughout the Chicagoland area from now until June, including Naperville’s new women’s 5K and half marathon in April.

“The women’s event that’s coming up is huge. I think that no one really having over 2,000 women come out for a first ever event here. So for the 5K and the women’s half we have almost 2,500 women coming out,” added Good.

To help athletes continue to grow, the Naperville Running Company offers a running 201 program to advise individuals on how to move from a 5K to a 10K or half marathon.

“What the 201 program is going to do, is kind of mix it up with some speed, we’ll also get you in a distance mode. So we just want to change it up and get you to kind of diversify your running, which is really fun,” said Mary Keough, a sales associate at Naperville Running Company.

Whether you’ve run a marathon or never run a block, one-thing runners agree on, is keeping the goal in mind.

“First things first, whenever you have a race, you set the date and everything; have a goal for that race. If it’s just to finish, make sure you’re waking up in the morning saying ‘hey, I’m going to finish this race this morning’. If it’s to get faster, make sure you start slow and finish fast when you can,” added Keough.

For more information, visit RunningCompany.com for a list of area races.

Naperville News 17’s Rachel Pierson reports.

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