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8 Lessons from My First 5K Race

The Most Fun You'll Have Running

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  • 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
  • SATILLA1
    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
  • HOTHANDSHARRIS
    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
  • HOTHANDSHARRIS
    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
  • MARFERN
    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
  • This is perfect timing! I recently had gastric bypass surgery and have lost 75 pounds. About 3 months ago I started jogging. I am now up to a 3 mile, 11.5 min/mile pace and am entered into my first 5k in 1.5 weeks. I've been so nervous about coming in last, or the nerves taking hold and not being able to finish. This makes me feel so much better!! - 3/4/2013 6:03:12 AM
  • This has come just right for me.
    I've signed up for my first ever race - Race For Life which is in June here in the UK.
    I've always worked out so have a good level of fitness, but in the past 3 weeks I've been incorporating more focused training runs.
    I know my race us still several months away, but I can't be TOO prepared can I?
    And besides, I'm loving running with a purpose in mind. - 3/4/2013 5:49:46 AM
  • GKOSTOVA04
    It's funny I did a similar thing. I just thought I can manage a 3k, so I signed up and did it. My time was 27:42 and I thought I could have done a bit better if I was not feeling that tired when the race started. It was a charity race as well, so I made my small contribution and I got some very useful information about healthy eating and living as well as health promoting organizations in the area. Finally, I got a free chair massage, which was really nice after the race.
    I would love to do it again, but I will prepare better! I usually run about 4 miles. Instead I can push for better timing of 5k. - 10/10/2012 8:07:47 AM
  • Just finished back to back 5K's these past two weekends....I've been bitten by the bug. After being a "closet runner" in my basement ont he treadmill for so long, I finally got the courage to start running outside, and now I can say I've completed not one, but two races. Thank you for reminding me why I did it! - 9/17/2012 8:37:28 PM
  • My husband is a runner. I am not. I do participate in some runs throughout the year, and overall I do enjoy participating. I just hate the "training" to be able to do them! I regularly do Zumba, so aerobically I'm okay, but running and Zumba work your body differently, so its best to do some running before the race, and that's where I have problems. But it won't stop me from participating! - 5/14/2012 8:30:39 AM
  • I'm actually doing my first 5K in a little over a month, and this was really encouraging! Thanks for sharing! - 5/2/2012 12:15:42 PM

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