Running and racing are increasingly popular amateur sports and with the growth in the running industry comes lots of newbie runners. Like you. I'll try to walk you through the logistics and general experience of running your first 5k or 10k race without all the...y'know...running related stuff. This instructable seeks to cover the same sorts of details many other articles over the years have covered, but with a more entertaining angle. Enjoy!
Step 1: Check with your Doctor
Seriously, running is a cult inhabited by brainwashed idiots (like me) who think that hours of disgustingly hard work, misery, loneliness and general bodily destruction....are FUN. Is that what you really want, even for a little while? Go do something enjoyable with your life instead. Seriously.
Of course, if you *haven't* walked away at this warning, then its often advisable to check with your doctor before engaging in any sort of "fitness program". This is supposed to be so he can convince you to do something else instead, but it rarely seems to work. Most likely your physician is like mine and will actually *praise* you for doing something like this. This is because your doctor is a sick and twisted individual who stands to make cash off your impending injuries. Oh well, better luck next time.