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8 Lessons from My First 5K Race

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  • Good job!
    I walk 5Ks and always go into them with a personal goal - at least a 15 minute mile - I often do better than that, but surface, weather, etc affect the results, so I keep it conservative and feel great about the accomplishment - supporting a worthy cause and getting exercise from it too. Always a great experience.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • I love this! I just started a C25K program and I can't wait for my first real run!
    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.
    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.
    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!
    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!
    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.
  • Wow, this was really motivating!
    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.
    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 ?
  • 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.
  • 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.

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