Sports Editor John DeLapp is training for his first 5K race, The Daily News Press Run, on Sept. 14, 2013.

I’ve gotten through my life with one simple notion — running is something that should be avoided. Now, I understand that there are times when running is required; but quite honestly, I have only found three:

• When there is a ball involved;

• Angry bees have decided that you are the cause of all of their problems;

• Free doughnuts for a limited time only.

Which makes what I am going to say next very difficult. I’m going to run a 5K in a few months.

Last fall, The Daily News hosted the inaugural Press Run, which benefited the Newspapers in Education program. It was pretty successful, too, and more than $17,000 was raised. So, we’re going to do another one this September and I’m going to do it.

I’ve racked my brain and I’m pretty sure I’ve never run a 5K. You tend to remember the foolish things you’ve done during the course of your life.

I’m a little clueless as to how to prepare for something like this. I know it involves running, but other than that, I’ve really got no idea what I’m doing.

I’m guessing other folks are in the same situation as me. You want to run a 5K, but you just don’t know how to get started. Well, why don’t we muddle along together?

Over at galvnews.com, we have a sports blog called From the Sidelines. Starting this week, I’m going to have regular posts about my running ordeal.

I can’t tell you what a typical blog post will be about, but it’s not going to be a daily discourse on times and distances. That makes my brain hurt just thinking about it.

I’ll talk about my successes and failures and there probably will be more of the latter than the former. In the end, the successful completion of the Press Run is all that matters anyway.

I want to hear from you, too. If somebody can help me avoid burning lungs and sore knees, I’m all ears.

So, see you on the road and the blog? I hope so.

Contact Sports Editor John DeLapp at 409-683-5244 or john.delapp@galvnews.com.

(3) comments

Miss Priss

This is a funny column.

[smile]

There are local running groups that meet weekly and through it, they teach you the proper way to breathe when running. That helps make the difference. Also Houston Fit meets in memorial park on Sat. Morning starting in July - it's about $60 and they will have you ready to run 5k by September.

kevjlang
Kevin Lang

John, I'm sure you'll do OK. You can find some pointers in TJ's Fat Boy blogs from last summer when was taking on the challenge. Only last year, he decided not to run the whole thing, but maybe you can inspire him to turn it up a notch this year. Perhaps a friendly wager could be involved :-)

Anyway, don't think of it as a single, large quantity, of running. Break up the goal into small chunks. Work up to a mile gradually. Don't be afraid to walk a little. Once you can run a mile, you'll find that it's not that difficult of a progression to stretch it through 1.5 to 2 miles. After 2 miles, adding that third mile is not that tough. In fact, if your focus during the last month of training is 2 to 2.5 mile runs, you'll be fine on race day. It's amazing how far and how fast adreneline can take you when you see the Harborside interchange and you're among other folks suffering with you. All of a sudden, the rubber in your legs turns back to steel, and the competitive juices make that last half mile among the fastest of your entire race.

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