KNOXVILLE (WATE) - The Ready to Run crew has completed week five of training for their first 5K, benefiting Volunteer Ministry Center's programs to end or prevent homelessness.
The group moved training this week from World's Fair Park to the actual 5K course. It starts at the Clinch Avenue Bridge, winds down Volunteer Boulevard past the torchbearer on the University of Tennessee campus to Todd Helton Drive and back.
The group ran for 30 minutes, per the training guide by coach Levi Dodd.
Most of the runners didn't finish the 5K in that time, and didn't expect to since we're still building endurance.
Dodd has cautioned the group not to worry about how fast they finish the 5K on race day. At least, not the first time out.
Dodd has had six knee surgeries. His goal is to help just about anyone run a 5K, and his advice may be different than other trainers.
"The only person you're racing and running truly in these is yourself, and if it's your first you don't even have a baseline to race yourself so a nice easy start, get your feelers out, then you can worry about your time on the next ones," Dodd told us.
He says putting your best foot forward requires plenty of hydration, but he doesn't grab water during the race. It makes some runners sick.
"You don't want to be hydrating to fix yourself during the run," Dodd said. "You want to have hydrated before you go out. So you want to drink well the night before. Drink some that morning, just a little bit before you go."
And most important for beginning runners, Dodd says start slower and build up pace as you go. Let experienced runners pass you.
If you stick with it, you'll be right there with them or even a step ahead one day.
He adds, don't forget to stretch, concentrating on your calves, for at least 10 minutes following your run.