Tips for Training to Run Your First 5k: Interview with Dr. Rigby


What’s the biggest obstacle that keeps you from running?  In this recent video interview on WFMY-2, Dr. Michael Rigby, a sports medicine doctor at LeBauer HealthCare at Horse Pen Creek, discusses what to consider and steps to take to get on a successful track towards your running goals.

Whether you’re thinking about training for your first 5k or working towards another running goal, Dr. Rigby recommends the following.

1. Come Up With a Plan

Figure out what you want to accomplish. Do you want to run a certain event? Achieve a certain level of fitness? Decide on your goal, and make that a priority.

2. Find a Program That Works for You

There are a lot of fitness plans out there. Find one that works for you, and stick to it. A common rule of thumb is to build up your mileage by building on each week by 10% vs. making a big jump in time or miles, which can lead to injury.

3. Address Pain and Injury During Training

If you have pain that’s consistent and not going away that lasts for more than three days, Dr. Rigby recommends taking a break, using ice and taking anti-inflammatories for the pain. If that doesn’t take care of it, it’s time to consider making an appointment with a medical provider.

4. Join a Friend or a Group

There are a lot of ways to be kept accountable for reaching your goal. You could check out one of the many running groups out there, join a friend for workouts, or investigate the world of wearable technology options to help keep you on track. But while those things can help, you don’t actually need any of them to make it happen.

If you’re looking for a great local run to get you in gear, check out Cone Health’s Women Only 5k which benefits breast cancer programs. The event takes place on October 5th in Greensboro.

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If you’re looking for a trusted sports medicine provider, LeBauer offers comprehensive sports medicine services for athletes and non-athletes seeking care for common spine, shoulder, hand and wrist, hip, knee, and ankle and foot injuries at three locations in Greensboro. Check out the full list of what we treat and request an appointment today with our convenient online form.

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