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Hello Fellow Runners!
I signed up for my first 5K on March 15. Now that it is about 3 weeks away, I'm feeling very nervous. I don't know if I can do it. I just turned 50, and have been running for just a few months. I have tried to increase my distance each week, but I currently only run about 2.5 miles. My training plan has gotten screwed up because of the weather and also I got the flu so had to miss a week of running. It was almost like starting over when I got back out there!
I know I could at least finish using a walk/run combination, but I really wanted to run the whole thing. Any suggestions on how to relax about this? I'm afraid I need encouragement or I might not do it.
Congrates on running your first race! Second, relax!!!!!!!! to get yourself all worked up about this isnt doing you any good. Doing something that your suppose to enjoy shouldn't be this stressfull, your way to hard on yourself.
Running during a race is not really running a race unless you plan on winning, for most its just a way to gauge the progress on your training you have made from one race to another it's only you against you, not against anyone else. Like i said unless you plan on winning the race, just go out and have fun, its not like they will take your birthday away if you dont finish under a time.
Its your first one Smile, be happy and enjoy yourself, your working yourself up for no reason there suppose to be fun, but then again
Its easier said then done about relaxing on your first one I understand this, but yourve trained for it, you signed up for it, and you CAN DO IT!!!!!!
Just finish the first one and then worry about all this other stuff later.
Goodluck but you DONT need it!!!!!!!!!
It's not only about finishing, its about finishing healthy!
2 words....DO IT!
I know exactly what you are feeling. I turned 48 this week...started running July 7, 2008....ran my first 5K in September....3 other 5K's and a 4 miler since then and have a Duathlon and 2 more 5ks already on the calendar for 2009! I have been visiting here and learning since day one of my new running life but I believe this is my first post....shows how strongly I feel about encouraging you to GO FOR IT! You won't be the fastest, you won't be the slowest, you won't be the oldest, biggest, skinniest, tallest, shortest etc, etc, etc. You'll just be you...doing something that will give you a HIGH for days!
I, like you, knew that walking was an option in the races but didn't want to...so I didn't. Just watch your pace, slow a little if you need to, speed up when you can. Listen to your body.
There are TONS of people on here with MUCH more running experience and knowledge than I have...just wanted to give you a high five and atta girl. Good luck!
Edit - I stand corrected...this is my 2nd post! :0 :0
Thanks for the comments! I really need to be pushed sometimes! I should post those two words on my bathroom mirror: "DO IT". I feel better already.
I'm going to do it, and I'm not going to worry about my time. I just want to finish. My son (he's 11) is proud of me for what I'm doing, and he wants to be there at the finish line. I know that it will be an awesome feeling. I just got my shot of encouragement!
You'll be able to do it no problem! If you realy want to run the whole thing and you think you can't do it, slow down your pace. My pace can be slowed to a near crawl just so I can say I never stopped running. I swear when I think I'm done I can still run a 14 min mile and other people walk that fast but in my book I never quit!
You have more than three weeks to train before the race, right? You are at 2.5 miles now. You can do it!
Here is the very LEAST you need to do to be able to run the whole thing. Do five or six 2.5 mile runs between now and then. Get comfortable with the distance. Don't worry about going for 3.1. Just run that 2.5 miles twice a week with shorter distances and/or cross training on other days. If you can become very comfortable with that distance - and I mean that you aren't pushing it to the limit to run 2.5 miles - then you will be able to run 3.1 miles on race day. I'm not saying you'll necessarily place in your division, but if your goal is to run the whole thing you should be able to do it. You can always run a bit farther (and faster) in a race than you do in training.
If you are already very comfortable with 2.5 miles then you can increase your potential by lengthening that distance over the next couple of weeks. You only have about 1/2 mile to add to the distance you are doing now. Go ahead and pick a 3 mile route and plan to go the whole distance several times before the race. The first couple of times, give yourself short walk breaks as necessary but go the WHOLE 3 MILES. Once you have done the distance then aim to gradually decrease and eliminate the walk breaks. Going the whole 3 miles several times before the race will give you confidence that you can easily finish the race.
Thanks so much for the suggestions. I think I'm in the first category, as I just recently got up to 2.5 miles, and it is still a push to finish. I usually take 2 walk breaks, but only for about 30 seconds each, while I gulp down some water. Some days I feel pretty good afterward, but sometimes I can barely move my legs for the rest of the day! But you are right; it's only another 1/2 mile. With all the excitement of race day, I feel sure that I can do it!
I'll keep you all posted on how I do. It's the Baltimore St. Pat's Day Shamrock 5K - March 15.
Great idea about slowing down (even if its a "crawl"). I have a mantra when I'm out there and getting tired "Just keep running, just keep running, just keep running".
(Remember Finding Nemo, and the little angel fish kept singing Just Keep Swimming...).
think of the really hard things you have done during your life, the big challenges, you thought you could not do at first - things like graduating from school; giving a speech or presentation in front of alot of people you didnt know; having a baby; taking on a special project at work - and think of the tremendous feeling of accomplishment you had once you met that challenge/goal.
that is the feeling you will have when you finish that 5K, and that is one of the greatest benefits of running - you challenge yourself - you look fear in the eye - and you meet and exceed that challenge - and it is very addictive
hold a sock out in front of you and think of that as your current comfort zone. now stretch that sock really hard and release it, and notice how it doesnt go back to its original shape - i.e. you have stretched your comfort zone - that is what running does to you - it makes you get outside your comfort zone, you build your self confidence - and move to the next level
yea the first 5K can be a little scary , but you will finish it - and just like the sock you stretched - you will never go back to the old comfort zone - you will have achieved a new plateau and a new measure of self confidence - and you will be so proud you wont be able to talk about anything else for days - and you will set a new challenge or goal for yourself - and you will start to believe you can accomplish anything
Run your own race. I'm 49 and I train and race running intervals... run 6 minutes then walk 1 minute. I may never "win," but I always finish.
p.s. I've only run for a year. Welcome to a fun addiction.
Congratulations on setting a goal to run your first 5K! The great thing about running, particularly in races is that it is more of an "event" filled with supportive people cheering you on, including other runners. When you are out there on the course, just remember why you set this goal in the first place and know that you can do it!!
Thanks so much everyone! I knew I could get the support I needed from my running community. I keep telling myself that this is what I've been working for all these months! I ran today and felt great. It's really cold, but the sun was shining and the sidewalks dry, so it was all good.
Just Keep Running, Just Keep Running...
Robin i am slowly approaching 56 and started running about 4 years now. I am not a fast runner but i truly enjoy the sport. You will do fine, when race day comes around and you will be able to relax because everyone is in a good mood. The first race I just wanted to finish and everyone is fully of energy at the finish ,cheering you on. this just made it all worth it. Now I just try to beat my time from the previous year. I did finally get third in a race, i was so excited.
Your will be fine....and good luck....