Build a Foundation
Add some variety to your exercise routine. Run one day and strength train the next. This will not only hold your interest in the workouts longer, but it will give your body the time it needs for recovery. Additionally, you are covering more muscle groups throughout the body and keeping the workouts motivating and different.
To build up endurance for your 5K race include some interval training as part of your regimen. Use hill sessions and up-tempo to your runs to do this. Hold a steady running pace where you do not feel like you are just about to die, but that you can keep going.
Head to the track for shorter interval runs while learning to pace yourself. Learn to conserve your energy during the first part of the race and then to let go in the second half so you can make it to the finish line of you 5K race.
The original Into the Wild OC Trail Run takes place in two of the most beautiful parks in Orange County. This race will offer the right distance and difficulty level for you. Irvine Regional Park, Orange County's oldest park, will offer runners a less technical course beneath canopies of oaks and sycamore trees. Runners will then head out onto the natural California flora lined trails. The 21k will challenge the best of us when runners enter the interconnecting trail system of Santiago Oaks Regional Park. Santiago Oaks will treat runners to an assortment of wide and rocky, to single-track trails with steep climbs and descents. The 30k will continue on the Anaheim Weir loop then hook back into the 21k course. Both parks are intersected by Santiago Creek and share acres of natural charm, an abundance of wildlife, and mountain vistas. We take pride in giving you the best bang for your buck. Shirts, Medals, Post-race refreshments, overall and age group awards, and a raffle!