Here at Foothills, mid to late August means one thing—the kick off of the Foothills Running Group. It’s no secret that running is one of the most beneficial activities that you can do for your health, but can also be the most dreaded task for many weekend warriors. We’re sharing three tips to help you reach your goal of running your first 5k.

Tip #1: Creating a Support System

If you’re one that needs a little accountability to get you started, join the Foothills Running Group. It’s a 16 week running program that’s open to walkers and runners of all abilities, with weekly speed workouts, Saturday morning runs and more. Not to mention, it’s a great way to meet like-minded members of the community and chances are you’ll find a new fitness friend to help you stay accountable.

Tip #2: Sign up for a 5k

Nothing will motivate you more than signing up for your very first 5k. Once you’ve found the 5k for you, tell your friends and family about it. Now that you have a deadline, you’ll be more motivated to train in order to accomplish your goal!

Tip #3: Cross Train to Prepare for Your First 5k

By planning and preparing for your first 5k, you can run comfortably to the finish line. Start with a slow build up and easy pace, and soon enough your body will adapt to running the 3.1 miles. We also recommend cross training such as strength training, swimming or cycling. If you’re signed up for the Foothills Running Group, you’ll gain access to 1 free FAST group fitness class a week, which is the perfect way to break up your running routine.

Ready to confidently lace up your running shoes? There’s still time to join the 2017 Foothills Running Group and achieve your first 5k finish. Learn more here and happy running!

At Foothills Sports Medicine Physical Therapy, we’re all about creating, building and nurturing the community around us. One of my favorite ways of bringing together the community is through our running group! This August marks our 11th year of the Foothills Running Group. It’s been wonderful to see how the running group has developed over the years, and I’ve had the opportunity to meet and build friendships along the journey.

Do you think running isn’t for you? Or running with a group would be intimidating? Overcome the intimidation and fear and join us at our kick off run and informational meeting on Saturday, August 27th at 6am at our Ahwatukee location. Myself, along with FAST program director, Jeff Bloom, will be available to answer any questions and help you sign up for our 20 week program. And don’t fret, if you prefer walking over running, that’s always an option too! Several of our group members walk the trails, roads and races together.

Foothills Running Group Details:

  • 20 week training program
  • Saturday morning running groups
  • Tuesday evening speed workouts
  • 1 FREE group fitness class per week
  • Team dri-fit running shirt
  • Social outings and happy hours

There are many benefits of speed-walking and running with a group. Weight loss, improved mood and lower stress levels are just a few of the reasons people choose running as their form of daily exercise. I personally enjoy it because it’s flexible and requires minimum effort. All you need is a good pair of running shoes, a support system (you’ll get that with the Foothills Running Group), and a running trail.

So, what are you waiting for? Lace up those sneakers, and join us on Saturday, August 27th for our kick-off fun run.