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Don't Resolve to Run a Marathon in the Spring If You Didn't Run a 5K in the Fall
Spring races are great motivators for cooped-up runners and can be the perfect reason to get outside when the weather is less than spectacular. But for those who are just starting a fitness plan (and have never raced before), taking on too much too soon often leads to injury.

Do: "Set a reasonable goal for your skill level and take small steps toward achieving it each day," says Bob. This means finding a training plan (here's one that will help you finish a 5K in six weeks) and maybe joining a running group. You'll dramatically increase your chances of not only crossing the finish line but also wanting to do it again.

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