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8 Lessons from My First 5K Race

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  • 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
  • READING1221
    Way to go!!! That is a great finish time. Keep on running. Brenda - 3/12/2012 8:12:27 PM
  • SUEZSIE
    The goal of a race...to finish, standing, with a smile on your face, wanting to do it again!!
    - 3/7/2012 8:49:57 PM
  • Great article! I'm thinking of running my first 5K as well. I may not join an actual race but I want to run one just for myself to see if I can do it. - 3/6/2012 3:12:10 PM
  • These are all such wonderful comments! I remember my first 5K also. It does motivate you. I am much slower. My first one finished in about 39 min 40 sec. and the best I have done is 36 min 20 sec. I even did one with my 7 year old and we went slower for her, but it was for charity and it was great that she could do it!

    It's always a great feeling.

    rumbamel
    - 3/6/2012 1:44:27 PM
  • I walked/jogged my first 5K last year, at 60 years old & 65 pounds overweight. Yes, I was last, but the thrill of just doing it was so exciting. I have never been an avid walker/jogger/runner even as a teen-ager, so this was a HUGE accomplishment. I participated in 2 more 5K's last year & am signed up for 4 so far this spring.
    As others have said, the encouragement is incredible. Just doing it is a success & everyone is cheering you on. My goal this year is to pick up some speed so I am using the SparkPeople 5K Rookie Running Plan. Reading about other people's experiences is also motivating. Thanks for the blog and the comments. - 3/6/2012 12:49:49 PM
  • GIANT-STEPS
    Someone has to be last. One of the things I thought was cool was at one of the bike centuries I rode was that the local bike racing team came back to the start/finish line hours after they finished to cheer on the slowest riders and tell them how awesome they are.
    Everyone who lines up is awesome. - 1/12/2012 6:47:50 PM
  • I read this after my 11th 5K! I'm glad I did. It confirms I'm doing everything to enjoy my run! To my finishing is everything. I'm so happy I can run period! - 11/21/2011 8:08:00 AM
  • The timing of me finding this article was a tad late. :P I did my first 5k yesterday. I walked it the entire time. I may have come in second to last, but I still finished it. - 4/24/2011 12:05:04 PM
  • Thanks for the honesty about being nervous and taking walking breaks. I have never been a runner and am now in my mid-50's but have taken part in the virtual 5k training and am considering an event this spring. You have addressed some of my concerns - 3/25/2011 4:43:43 PM
  • This is all good advice, not just for 5Ks but any distance. I ran road races (5Ks, 10Ks, 15Ks) growing up and cross country and track in high school, before quitting running for a long, long time and getting fat. I started running again in early '09 at 230, and it was tough, much tougher than I ever remembered as a kid, but I did my first 5K in about 15 years a couple months later, and last October, I did my first ever marathon (have done another since). It's not that big a jump as long as you do it right--anyone can do it if they put the work in. It's there inside you! - 3/25/2011 2:25:47 PM

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