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8 Lessons from My First 5K Race

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  • 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!
  • MR_PANDIT
    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.
  • Races are different everywhere I think. All the local races here have walkers and runners and people who do both :). Even the half-marathon here has a category for walkers.
  • Hi! Great post, but I just want to say, in a lot of 5k races nobody walks! By the way, I just won my first 5k 2 weeks ago! I'm in middle school! It was a fun run with adults and the high school cross-country team. If anyone is thinking about doing a 5k I would encourage you to give it a try, they are a great experience.
  • congratulations!
  • Congratulations!
  • I did my first 5k last year and came in 17th in my age range, 337th out of 415 participants. (54:45) I walked most of the way because I had no idea how long the route would be OR IF I could even finish. Now that I've done one, I know I can walk and jog the next one.
  • LWPOWELL
    Seriously, well my first 5K was a little demoralizing. I finished in 44:30, and finished in front of a 70 year old guy with a knee brace. There was a huge hill that I was not prepared for and for my first 5K ever at 55 years old, I was a little embarrassed. To me this first race made me realize not only that I had come a long way in two months, and I had so far to go. I want to do a sub 30 minute that is my goal. I don't want to discourage anyone, but don't be fooled, no one walked my race, and I was a little embarrassed I was so slow.
  • Wow, amazing!! This one motivated me to try it once myself..
  • I couldn't do a 5K run if my life depended on it!I am doing good just to walk around our little block.I do work out on my elliptical machine everyday except sundays and I consider that to be my primary exercise.Love reading about all the exercises and marathons but will just keep on walking around our little block.
  • Walking is just fine. Everyone was thrilled for me, even if I did sit down TWICE. I did fine: bad knees, way over weight, sedentary. Good for me. Good for us all.

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