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8 Lessons from My First 5K Race

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  • 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
  • I never run races with headphones because I love to hear the encouragement and cheers from the volunteers and people in front of their homes, and acknowledge them. - 11/18/2013 8:50:08 AM
  • JENNS4321
    I'm at 275 I just walked my 1/2 marathon in 4 hours last weekend now I want to train for my first 5 k thinking about the hot chocolate one in march I have one bad knee not sure if I should train at this weight don't want to hurt my knee any idea u think it's ok to start training at this weight or just continue walking - 10/18/2013 2:30:24 PM
  • I love this! I just started a C25K program and I can't wait for my first real run! - 6/19/2013 9:21:25 AM
  • 1PRINTSHOP
    Good for you! I ran my first 5K last year. I began with Sparkpeoples' Virtual 5k and found a 5K in my area that ended with the Virtual time. I was 54 years old, never been a runner since high school. So when I crossed the finish line in 35:51, I was thrilled! My second 5K was a much different course but I finished that one too. I look forward to more training and more races this summer! It is an experience that is fun, exciting and very hard work all rolled into one. - 3/8/2013 9:51:14 AM
  • ESTHERDILL
    Great article and congratulations on your first 5K. As you pointed out, runners come in all sizes, shapes, and ages. A 5K race is the perfect distance to challenge yourself and most races provide a fun atmosphere so unless you are trying to come in the top ten or so, you should just enjoy every step you take.

    I was a casual runner, occasionally entering a 5 or 10K here and there until I turned 50 and wanted something more of myself and decided I would do my "bucket list" race and train for a marathon and haven't stopped. Well, 12 years later I am running THE Boston Marathon. I have asthma, arthritis in my right knee and hypothyroidism so just completing a marathon, let alone qualify for Boston was a big challenge for me. So an average runner certainly at any age (baring any serious health issues) stands a chance if they want to commit to such endeavors. Good luck on your continued running. - 3/5/2013 1:54:20 PM
  • SNYDERSOFVLORA
    one suggestion for first timers and beginning runners is to get on the internet and look for some videos on good running form. These can save you a lot of pain and reduce the risk of injury! - 3/5/2013 3:58:51 AM
  • SNYDERSOFVLORA
    wow I could have written this article- my first 5k time was 27 minutes something and I ran my first mile in 7 minutes. It was uphill from there! But it was fun. I am 54 and decided last year that I would try a 5 or 10 k. Then since I have coached a lot of sports and know that fundamentals are important, i decided to go to the internet to check out the fundamentals of running. I realized I had been running in a way that was hurting my knees, ankles, hips, back etc. I was a heel striker and that is not good, Changed my form a bit and now I actually enjoy running!
    Good suggestions in the article- mostly just relax and enjoy! It is great if you have a good running partner too! My daughter-in-law was great! she loves to run and was willing to slow down for me! - 3/5/2013 3:56:23 AM

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