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Twinks22 Rookie 5 posts since
Oct 5, 2011
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Oct 5, 2011 5:27 PM


Hi all:

New to this forum with some questions about my first 5k coming up in a few weeks.  I just started doing C25K (I'm on Week 5, Day 2) and right now I am a SLOW runner.  I run a 16-17 minute mile (I guess that's technically jogging LOL)  I know that I am not going to be able to run the whole 5k.  Do you think I should still go?  Do people walk some or is it all running?  Everyone I know has told me to just keep following the program and not to worry about all about speed, but I can't help but feel nervous about looking foolish.  Also, if anyone has any tips for me, that would be great.

Thanks so much!

  • allmylove Expert 51 posts since
    Apr 24, 2011
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    1. Oct 5, 2011 5:50 PM (in response to Twinks22)

    Sure you should, why not!  If this is a race you really want to run and it just happens to come before the finish of your c25k then so be it.  It will still give you a rush, a sense of accomplishment, and a goal for the next one.


    Find the other walk/runners, we are out there.


    Don't even worry about the time right now, just go out and have fun and think of how much better you will do than you thought you could do, and how much better you wlil do next time around.


    Don't hurt yourself.  Run till your tired, walk till your bored, and repeat.


    I just ran my 1st 5k this past Saturday, and let me be the voice of experience (the little bit I have) and say don't eat too much lol.  I thought in my little mind that a full bowl of cereal would be ok, and no...not so much.  Hydrate the day before, and eat a small breakfast, or a bananna, or just juice....what ever works for you.  You can get more at the end.

  • emiss Pro 70 posts since
    Feb 7, 2011
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    2. Oct 5, 2011 6:18 PM (in response to allmylove)

    Definitely do it!  Many, many people walk/run, and who knows, you might just surprise yourself.  I went into my first 5K before I finished the C25K and my goal was to run at least half of it.  I ended up running the whole thing at a nice, comfortable pace.  The trick is to start in the back of the pack so that you're not tempted to go out fast (you won't realize how fast you're going so starting in the back is important to keep from burning out).  Then just take in the atmosphere, keep it fun and even if you end up walking at times make sure you give yourself that little push at the end to run across the finish line.  You'll be glad you did.  And just remember, no matter what, you'll have a PR and from there you'll always have a time to work from.  Enjoy!!!

    Completed Races:

    3/19/11 Holy Grail 5K 36:20 (First 5K)

    4/10/11 Wellness 5K 30:48

    4/23/11 Stonyfield 5K 30:28

    5/7/11 Dover 5K: 29:39

    5/23/11 Get Fit in May 5K 29:44

    5/29/11 Redhook 5K 29:32 (PR)

    6/11/11 Market Square 10K 1:08:40 (First 10K)

    8/18/11 Saunders 10K 1:07:35.49

    9/5/11 St. Charles Childrens' Run: 29:54

    9/10 Fox Point 5 Mile: 49:03

    9/25 Holy Grail 5K: 32:33 (with bronchitis)

    10/9 Great Island 5K 32:54.23 (still with bronchitis)

    11/13 Seacoast 1/2 Marathon: 2:31:39 (1st 1/2 Marathon)

    1/1/12 First Run 10K 1:4:45 (PR)

    2012 Races:

    2/19/12 Half at the Hamptons 2:28:18 PR

    3/24/12 Holy Grail 5K 28:17 PR

    4/21/12Whale of a 5K (first trail race) 30:24

    3/30/12April Fools 4 Miler 36:39 (9:10mm)

    6/12/12 Margaritas 5K 27:52 (9mm) PR

  • slowrunningpete Amateur 18 posts since
    Oct 7, 2008
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    3. Oct 5, 2011 11:16 PM (in response to allmylove)

    Go for it!!!!! There are plenty of run/walkers out there. Just injoy yourself!!

  • BOSNPM We're Not Worthy 2,482 posts since
    Nov 20, 2007
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    4. Oct 6, 2011 5:31 AM (in response to slowrunningpete)

    Definitely!!  Just start towards the back, run as long as you can and walk when needed.  Most of all ENJOY!

  • redrunner32 Pro 151 posts since
    Sep 29, 2010
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    5. Oct 6, 2011 6:27 AM (in response to Twinks22)

    Tons of walkers at 5ks.  A lot of people seem to start off running and then tons walking by mile 1.  Just have fun - it's a great experience! 

  • ManikSona Expert 55 posts since
    Aug 11, 2011
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    6. Oct 6, 2011 2:47 PM (in response to Twinks22)

    Of course you can walk part of it.  People sign up to do whole marathons as walkers.  If you are trying to run it the whole way, my advice would be to shorten your stride to the point you are almost bouncing in place.  It will really conserve energy.

    Manik Runner - Training for a Marathon

  • redrunner32 Pro 151 posts since
    Sep 29, 2010
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    8. Oct 6, 2011 5:11 PM (in response to Twinks22)
    Re: Nervous!!!

    You should worry about pace if you enter a race that has a time limit.  You want to make sure you can finish in the alloted time. 

  • crl8686 Legend 1,313 posts since
    Nov 11, 2007
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    10. Oct 6, 2011 8:48 PM (in response to Twinks22)

    I've run a lot of 5K's and unless the race field is very small, there are almost always a fair number of slow joggers and walkers. Check your race's website for the previous year's results and that should give you a good idea of what to expect.

    Here's an example of a fairly typical 5K that I ran in July.

    There were 2120 runners total. If you're doing 17 min miles, that would be about 52:40 for the 5K. At this race, 1873 runners would have finished ahead of you, and 247 behind you. You definitely wouldn't be last and you wouldn't be alone.

    2015 highlights...

    @ 5K: New Balance Palm Springs 5K, Palm Springs, CA, 24:32

    Angels Baseball Foundation 5K, Anaheim, CA, 24:24

    Pride of the Valley, Baldwin Park, CA, 24:28

    @ 10K: LA Chinatown Firecracker 10K, Los Angeles, CA, 52:15

    Great Race of Agoura - Old Agoura 10K, Agoura Hills, CA, 51:40

    Fiesta Days Run, La Canada, CA, 49:57

  • redrunner32 Pro 151 posts since
    Sep 29, 2010
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    11. Oct 7, 2011 6:28 AM (in response to Twinks22)

    Yep sounds like it

  • Run4Choclt Pro 80 posts since
    Aug 17, 2011
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    12. Oct 7, 2011 7:26 AM (in response to Twinks22)

    @Twinks...No need to be embarrassed about a slower run. I'm not the fastest so I always tell myself, "I may not be fast but I'm lapping everyone on the couch!" I am a new runner as well and have done small and large races. No matter the size, there have always been walkers. In fact, my mom was inspired by my new-found running glory that she started running/walking herself. I kept inviting her to races and she'd say, "I'd never make it, I can't run!" She was extremely surprised when I told her there are many walkers - some who even walk the whole thing.

    I was really nervous for my first race but as soon as it was over, I was signing up for more! I've done one race every weekend since then, but 1! Now I'm contemplating running a half - I need to take after you and write a "Nervous!!!" post because I am beyond that! I am sure you can sympathize

    -2011 Races-

    8/28/11 - Pekin, IL Greater Area Peoria 5k (1st ever 5k!) - 37:05

    9/3/11 - Kewanee, IL Hog Stomp 4m - 45:23

    9/10/11 - East Troy, WI Historical Society 5k - 34:02

    9/17/11 - Morton, IL Pumpkin Classic 10k - 1:06:22

    10/1/11 - Morton, IL St. Jude Road Race 5k - 31:56 - PR

    10/8/11 - Peoria, IL United Way 5k - 32:50

    10/22/11 - Peoria, IL Boo Run 5k - 32:50

    10/29/11 - Chicago, IL Monster Dash Half Marathon (1st ever HM!) - 2:40:06

    - Training For 2012 Races-

    3/3/12 - Peoria, IL Gaelic Gallop 5k -

    3/10/12 - Morton, IL Cactus Classic 10k or half ? -

    3/24/12 - Pekin, IL Saints 5k -

    3/24/12 - Peoria, IL Interplanetary 5k -

    3/31/12 - Peoria Heights, IL Half Marathon -

  • SunflowerHill Rookie 1 posts since
    Oct 13, 2011
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    14. Oct 13, 2011 10:37 AM (in response to Twinks22)



    Just before I ran my first 5k (I am an old hand now, having run 2 and signed up for a third) a friend found this quote and sent it to me since I was worried I was too slow and might come in last. By the way, I didn't come in last, I came 410 out of a field of 750 and averaged a little faster than when I was doing th C25k, just under 15min/mile.


    The quote;


    Dead last finish is greater than did not finish which trumps did not start!


    Good Luck and enjoy

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