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!
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.
1/12/2012 6:47:50 PM
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.
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
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
10/18/2010 12:31:52 PM
This may be a crazy question. But are there normally water stations along the way on a 5k race?
I did my first 5K walk for the Susan G Komen race for the cure in Bangor maine. I of course was walking. I made a point of building up to it and walked the ditance daily, I did not do it for one day and i was actuallu aching the next day. Since then i walk every day and love it. My experience at the walk with thousands of people was exciting and exhilerating. I will be doing one again as soon as i find one. Pat in Maine.
Funny , Nicole, but this brought back MY FIRST EVER 5K and my last! ha. I was a jogger back then, and had NO clue about training....and if I did, I don't remember, I just remember being at the tail end! We ran a flat course, and I proudly finished, and won a medal for my age group. Still have it though it is over 25 years old I am sure. I stopped running years ago, because I knew it was NOT good for my knees. Took up walking, and have walked, and hiked ever since! Great blog!
I did a 5K this past weekend, and it wasn't my first but it was the first one that I did the things you talk about in this article, like pacing myself properly. As a result it was the first I did without having to take a walking break. But at a really slow pace. It is very motivational, I love crossing the finish line with the music blaring and the crowd clapping. I am planning to do more races in the future.
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