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8 Lessons from My First 5K Race

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  • I've always wanted to be in a 5k, not for the racing, but to say I've done it. I just can never afford the entry fee....feeding my family is way more important.
  • Why I've never done a 5k - I will end up coming in last.
  • Thank you Coach Nicole for this motivation. I am running/walking my first 5K next month. I haven't been training but walk everyday. This will ready help me accomplish crossing the finish line along with my IPod (LOL)
    I enjoyed this article for several reasons: 1) It's good to know that even certified sports professionals still have goals that are close to the same level as mine (and I'm nowhere near the fitness level as Coach Nicole!); 2) I've done several 5K's - some more walking than jogging and this article confirmed some of my strategies to get through them; 3) Now I want to train for a 5K again! Thanks Coach!!!
  • I'm so excited to run my first race in September! These are some really good tips.
  • I used to be a runner. I ran everywhere. I entered long distance races and tried to improve my times. Now that I am older, I can no longer run. I walk in the house and around our 5 acre farm. When I cannot walk due to knee pain, I march in place in the house. Great article. i would love to be able to enter a 5K even to walk it. Thanks Coach Nicole.
  • I've walked two 5K Susan Komen Race for the Cure. If I could walk that much, I might try another one. But back problems prevent it. As far as running, I don't jog and I don't do windows.
    I am doing the Selfie 5K on 11-14-2015 in Burnsville, Mn. This will be my first 5K and I am 52 years old.
  • CRISS1054
    I am doing my first K in September. walking but doing. Thanks for the info and encouragement.
  • For a different 5K or even 10K experience, try a Volkswalk. They're non-competitive & you still get to walk with a fun group of people.
  • This is so true! I "ran" my first 5k this year and jogged (and jiggled and sweated....) then walked to lower my heart rate. It was fantastic and I can't wait to do another.
  • I've never been a runner (not even a regular 3 miles here and there), but I ran my first 5k two days ago and I turn 50 next month. I ran the entire distance and finished in 42 minutes, 10 seconds. I also somehow managed to keep a relatively even pace of just under 13 minutes a mile. I may not be a fast runner, but it was fun and I'll be doing it again. I just might wait for the heat to subside. Also, my daughter did the race too - we knew to not try to stick with each other and she finished about 10 minutes faster. Now she's trying to get me to train for a half marathon!
  • Thanks for sharing ur experience! I am running my first 5K in 4 weeks, and have been feeling stressed out about it. Your article helped me become excited for it again!
    Well noted! After reading this i'm heading for a 5K Run. :) Thanks
  • This is very encouraging. I'm planning on doing a 5K this winter and it's been probably 15 years since my last one. I ran/walked my first one and totally ran my second one. This time I will probably walk the whole thing. This article was a great reminder that even finishing last is FINISHING. That's a thing to celebrate. Looking forward to the race.

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