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8 Lessons from My First 5K Race

The Most Fun You'll Have Running

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  • 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
  • Couldn't have came at a better time. I am in the process of picking out my first 5K and I am scared beyond belief. Afraid to have to walk, or come in last! But eh, as long as I finish, that's all i care about! - 3/25/2011 1:24:12 PM
  • This came just when I needed it. I totally skipped the whole 5K and signed up for a popular 10k in my town. I haven't run in years (just started being able to again this fall). These are great tips and I really liked the one about even the most experienced runners needing to walk sometimes. I had hoped I would be able to jog the last 1/2 but as my progress stands now, I will be able to do some jogging along the way with lots of walking in between. It has just made me more determined to be able to jog a 5k in the fall (a goal a walking buddy of mine and I have made together). This article has wonderful tips that I've sent to her as well. Thanks! - 3/25/2011 9:25:46 AM
  • Thank you for this article. Running a 5K is something I've always wanted to try and do, but believe me, fear is holding me back. Your article is helping me realize that sometimes you just have to get out there and do it. Thanks, and congratulations! - 3/25/2011 8:04:23 AM
  • Congratulations on such a fun accomplishment!
    For some of us though, running would mean a trip to the othopedic surgeon. :-) Walking a 5 or 10K is a terrific motivator too & easier on the joints, esp. if one is heavy or just starting out. I did Volkswalks, 10K & non-competitive. It was fun & inspiring to be with a group of walkers of all shapes & ages, with no pressure.
    Thanks to Spark for inspiring us all to keep active & trying new things! - 1/15/2011 7:53:40 PM

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