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8 Lessons from My First 5K Race

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  • 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
  • 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

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