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8 Lessons from My First 5K Race

The Most Fun You'll Have Running


  • 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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    I just signed up to run my first 5K EVER! I'm 48 and sit at a desk. I have about 3 months to train but I'm scared. I'm a walker not a runner but it's exciting to have something to work for. Thank you for the article. - 3/4/2013 3:21:29 PM
  • Wow, this was really motivating! - 3/4/2013 2:53:40 PM
    I know this is irrelevant to the post but there is a park near me that when I was at school I could run it in 5.04 its 3/4 of a mile. I am itching to go and try and run it without stopping to see how long it takes me now I'm 40 and with a good 3 stone to lose. - 3/4/2013 2:32:52 PM
    What a great,inspiring, motivational post. I fancy you will break 25 minutes next time. Where about's did you race? Anybody in Northampton fancy pairing up ? - 3/4/2013 2:27:17 PM
  • I had a lifestyle epiphany in September 2009 and started out walking and riding my bike. My sister, step son, daughter and other family members saw that I was going through some tough times and joined me on my walks and rides. I started getting bored with just walking so I started running along with my walking and soon everyone had decided to train for the Wine and Dine Half Marathon at Disney World in October of 2010. I began training, started running 5ks the following spring, through the summer. I then began training for the Half Marathon. Well come October I was ready and ran the Half Marathon. I can't say it was "Fun" while I was doing it, but when I crossed that finish line I felt like I had just conquered the world. I did it at age 53. The one thing someone told me was that don't worry about finishing last, you won't. Have "fun" running. Now I have to get back training for a 5k on April 1st. - 3/4/2013 12:00:35 PM
    I ran my first 5K at 60 years old last year. Yes, I was apprehensive about doing it, but I did train. I kept telling myself I could always walk it. Once I started the race, I ran the entire trail. Afterwards I treated myself to a filet mignon!! I don't have an extensive athletic background, just walking, swimming for leisure and a little tennis. It was a real high plus I was the winner in my age group. I was the only female who showed up to run! Go ME!!!! Also, last year I weighed 10 pounds more than I do now. - 3/4/2013 8:44:09 AM
  • I started training for my first 5k about a month ago. I'm planning to walk, but this was encouraging. I learned a thing or two I hadn't thought of, and I'm really looking forward to it. - 3/4/2013 8:24:07 AM

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