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So I've never run three miles straight in my life, but I've come close--I've run almost two and a half miles on the treadmill a few days ago. I've started to take runs around my neighborhood, too, and now I'm using MapQuest to map out distances between various places in my city.
I downloaded a running app onto my phone and it linked to events in my city; I saw that a 5k run was scheduled for next Saturday, so I, more or less on impulse, signed up for it. I know, I'm crazy to do this when I've only done a bit of street running over the past few days and quite a bit of running on the treadmill over the past few months, but I'm determined to do this. I just have to run a bit farther to total three miles. I can do this.
I can't wait!
Is or has anyone ever been in a similar boat?
I'd say that if you can, search for a run or event in your area right through Active.com (this has been an amazing website for me and I've only known about it for a couple of days!), sign up for one if you're able, and then go for it! You can do it!
After a year, I still can't run a 5K without walking a bit. I run a mile, then walk a little, run walk run...so on. I signed up for my first 5K a year ago and was so nervous about it, I felt sick to my tummy. But after I got there, I was excited. It's fun being around all of these people that like to run.
I still don't run on the road very much (I live in Wisc and we are just getting our spring weather this week!!) so I use the treadmill more than anything. ..and am not very strict about a running schedule. I should be better about that. In my humble opinion, running on the treadmill is a lot easier...but running on the road is much more fun. Running with others will also push you....in a good way.
I did my first 5K since October a few weeks ago and it was tough for me, but so glad I did it. You will be glad you did it too!! Best of luck to you ~ you will probably do better than you expect!!
Good luck Kelsey! Have fun doing it. I am sure you will do great.
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Kelsey you'll do great! It's exciting to run your first 5K. Just don't start out too fast. All the adrenalin, excitement, nerves, and people around you will probably make you want to run faster than usual right outside the box. Just stick to the pace that you're comfortable with, and if you feel good enough to do it, ramp it up towards the end. Most of all, ENJOY it! It's your first 5K!
The best racing advice I ever got was to be sure you enjoy your first race at a particular distance because that's the one you'll remember. Savor the day, enjoy the race and be proud of yourself. Good luck!
Spencer, I have just started a Couch to 5K program, am on week 2, this is my first post here, and first one read. You give me so much hope, as long as I can continue to put in the work. I've always tackled my toughest problems with community support (smoking, drinking) and realized I was really longing for community support as I teach myself how to run.
I wish you huge good luck. Don't think of what you cannot do but what you CAN do and know you are inspiring beginning runners.
Kelsey, I am running my first 5K next weekend too. Only just decided to do it two weeks ago. I have been walking the Avon Walk (39 Miles) for years, but never ran. Starting looking at this site to get tips, and have received a ton of info. Ran almost 2 miles today. concentraing on my breathing, not the distance this time. Much easier. so, I figure by the end of next week, I will be able to do the 5K and survive. already have my massage scheduled. Good Luck.
Good for you! If it's a 5K Walk/Run you have nothing to worry about, if you have to walk, it's okay! I too have to stop and walk once in a while, it's perfectly fine. Good for you for taking the first step!
"offmycouch": "It's fun being around all of these people that like to run." Yeah, this one of the things that I'm most excited about...:-D.
We're getting spring weather here in Michigan, too! Although tomorrow is the day of my race and it's going to rain after it's been sunny for the past two weeks. Of course...XD.
Yeah, like I said in the original post, I started out on the treadmill myself but I've been running outside a few times and, although I've been going a lot slower than my five-mile-per-hour speed on the treadmill, running outside has been better than I thought it would be!
"I did my first 5k since October a few weeks ago and it was tough for me, but so glad I did it." That's awesome...:-D. Good for you!
Thank you so much!
"Interspace8": Thanks for the advice! That's what I hope to do, and if I can, I might even speed up during the last mile or so. I just need to concentrate at the start of the race on, like you said, pacing myself.... Thanks again!