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When you decide to commit to training for your first 5K, you should evaluate your reasons for doing this, the time and energy needed to allow you to be successful, and are you physically able to begin an exercise program. 

The most important first step is to determine your personal physical condition. Are you healthy enough to begin running, and if not, what can you do to change that. If you are in good health, not greatly overweight and under the age of 35, most people can begin to exercise in moderation. The important thing is to begin slowly. If you know you have a health condition, such as high blood pressure, overweight, or have problems with your feet or legs, I recommend you visit your doctor for an initial evaluation before you begin. Your doctor should be able to determine what steps you'll need to take to make it safe for you to begin an exercise program. 

After you determine if you are healthy enough to join the training for Team Marathon, you need to create a definite goal. This goal can incorporate more than one component. You may set a date for your first 5K event, it could be a time for that distance, or it could be the amount of weight you want to lose as the reason for beginning your training. All are valid, but write your goal down, give it meaning so that you stay focused on the outcome. 

When you're planning your training, you'll need to consider the amount of time you will need to dedicate to your effort. One of the hardest parts about beginning a training program is to make it part of your schedule. I recommend you put it on your daily schedule just as if it were a business meeting. In the end, the small amount of time you spend in training will deliver benefits to both your personal health and your business, as you will be a more energetic, focused businessperson. 

I also recommend finding a training partner. You don't need to meet everyday, but having someone to train with a few days a week will benefit both of you. You'll be more likely to run on the days you are alone because you won't want to slow your partner down, and on the days you meet, it acts like scheduled meeting, one you are unlikely to cancel. It also makes the exercise fun. The "Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner" is just a myth, the reality is you can make great friends and have more enjoyment from your exerciser by having some training partners. 

And finally, begin your training slowly. Don't try to accomplish too much too soon. That's how people get too tired or injured, and ultimately discouraged from continuing on toward their goal. You cannot build a million rupee business in a week, and you will not get totally fit the first week either. The important thing is to create a plan for your success, create the time to execute it, and know you're healthy enough to begin the process. 

Great planning and realistic goals lead to success.

Welcome to TEAM Marathon.  Major P L Devand (Retd