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8 Lessons from My First 5K Race

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  • Did my first 5k last week and will be doing another one soon. Met a man who had been running for years and he "walked" me through the whole thing. With his help it was a great experience and I had a great time. I knocked about 30 secs off my best time, so onward and upward. - 3/21/2014 7:37:44 PM
  • CHERRYZMB60
    I've only done 5K's walking and my fastest time is 55min which i must say i'm very happy with the last one has start and ending pictures and all I can say is WOW what a differenece in facial expression - 3/21/2014 11:51:45 AM
  • This is a great article, Nicole. Thank you for the tips and for your honesty. I have done 3 5k's, one each year, and 54 minutes was my fastest time. I have never in my life been a runner, but I love these events. I began training in January. My goal this year 3 more 5k's, jogging the last in its entirety.

    - 3/21/2014 10:46:15 AM
  • I'm training to run my first 5k in May with Couch to 5k/ 5k 101 podcasts. I'm excited! I'm definitely focusing on my training, even the days that seem easy to ease into jogging that far. - 3/21/2014 10:32:37 AM
  • When mentioning "all kinds" you forgot blind. I'm always blown away when I see the blind runners. - 3/21/2014 7:31:16 AM
  • Timely article ... tomorrow morning I am running my first 5K (before turning 60) ... Color Me Rad ... so excited! My mindset is to just go out and enjoy the entire experience. I'm not out to set any PRs tomorrow ... I just want to have fun. Will I run another 5K? Most definitely! : )
    - 3/21/2014 7:23:12 AM
  • Thank you so much for helping ease the nervousness for all of us who are preparing for our first 5K!
    - 3/10/2014 9:18:24 AM
  • I am a new member and one of my goals that I am working towards is doing a 5K Color Run in our area so I found your article very enlightening. Thanks you have helped me to be able to visualize better for my own motivation when I need it. - 3/9/2014 1:07:20 AM
  • After re-evaluating my progress and goals (and actual dates of the race), I think I will register for the Run for Your Lives Zombie 5k that's held in Atlanta in the Spring. I'm a little too late to do so for 2014, so I plan to register for Spring 2015. That gives me plenty of time to get down to my goal weight, body fat % and muscle mass, train and save up for registration. It's interesting, you can register as both a zombie or a runner. I might see what is involved in registering as a zombie so that I can do so in 2014. That way I'll know a bit more about the course and obstacles (yep, there are obstacles) when I register as a runner for 2015.

    Super excited that I've found a lot of articles and advice for mud runs and 5k's combined with an obstacle course so that I can begin mentally preparing. Then I'll research the best ways to train and start training around August of 2014. I've never done anything like this and to be honest I'm a little nervous, but I think it'll be a great experience (and heck, why not train for a better outcome in case of an actual zombie apocalypse?)! - 12/16/2013 3:27:48 PM
  • TOOTHFAERIE
    I am running in my first 5K tomorrow. I have lost 55 pounds so far on Weight Watchers and this has been a goal of mine ever since I started my fitness journey. Tomorrow is also the sixth anniversary of my cancer being in remission. I have been doing lots of cardio and interval circuit training leading up to this as well as some shorter distance runs. I hope I can finish this running although I'm not sure his fast I should pace myself! - 12/6/2013 11:04:42 PM
  • Good for you. - 11/22/2013 6:11:32 AM
  • YAY ! - 11/20/2013 8:23:49 PM
  • I've two of the Susan Komen Race for the Cure 5K. I walked the course and had a wonderful time. Can't do that right now, but would love to be able to do a 5K walk again. In my younger days DH and I did 10K Volksmarchs. - 11/19/2013 10:19:55 AM
  • Good job!
    I walk 5Ks and always go into them with a personal goal - at least a 15 minute mile - I often do better than that, but surface, weather, etc affect the results, so I keep it conservative and feel great about the accomplishment - supporting a worthy cause and getting exercise from it too. Always a great experience. - 11/19/2013 9:22:52 AM
  • Great motivation - thanks. I am planning (and training, sort of) to run my second-ever 5k on December 31. My first attempt was several years ago in late July and I was that person who did come in last. It was so much harder than I thought. You article has helped me realize it is time to do it again and with a much better preparation and attitude. - 11/18/2013 9:13:57 PM

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