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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!
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.
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!!!
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)
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
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.
Wow thank you guys so much for all of the positive encouragement I do not mind having to walk a little bit, I just wasn't sure if that was "okay" having never done any kind of organzied running of any kind. I just completed Week 5, Day 2 of C25K today (run 8 minutes, walk 5 minutes, run 8 minutes) My run pace was 18:13, which I know is a slow jog, but I still felt really good about it. I've never done anything like this. I'm also doing South Beach diet (on Week 7) and I've lost 21.2 pounds as of September 30 (started South Beach 8-22). I still have about 40 to go so I know as I continue to lose weight, running should become easier. I have a lot of people tell me that I should not worry about my pace at all, but it still makes me embarassed when I am running 16-18 minute miles. About when should I start worrying about pace? Thanks again!!
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.
"...I've learned that you shouldn't compare yourself to the best others can do, but to the best you can do....I've learned that you can keep going long after you think you can't..." --- author unknown
@ 5K: Ontario Mills 5K, Ontario, CA, 24:42
Heart of the City Run, Los Angeles, CA, 24:13
Bruin 5K Run at UCLA, Westwood, CA, 24:54
@ 10K: LA Chinatown Firecracker 10K, Los Angeles, CA, 51:42
The Great Race - Old Agoura 10K, Agoura Hills, CA, 51:12
@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
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 -
Thanks so much, you guys have made me feel a lot more comfortable about going to the race. My goal is to jog the whole thing, but I don't know that I will be able to. I'll be proud just to finish. Today I did Week 5, Day 3 of C25k which was 20 whole minutes without any walking and that is the first time I've ever done that long of a jog/run EVER! When the program dinged that it was time for cooldown I was like HUH?? and had a hard time believing it was actually over and I'd done it!
Run4ChocIt, I can definitely sympathize!!!
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.
Dead last finish is greater than did not finish which trumps did not start!
Good Luck and enjoy