I DID IT!!!! I ran the whole race, no walk breaks, and I feel great. My time was 37:32, a 12:05 pace. I couldn't have asked for anything better than that. It was raining (a little) and cold, about 40%. But I kept thinking of all the encouragement I received at this thread, and I listened to the advice. I ran my own race, stayed with my pace, and just kept going. I am so happy - cant wait for the next one!!
If I can do it, anyone can.
Great job, Robin! We all can identify with your feelings of accomplishment after the very 1st race. Like you said now you will be looking forward
to that next one. That's what keeps you focused and consistent with training. Next thing you know you will think 10k. Keep up the good work. Now
you know you can do anything if you really want to.
Good job Walking Bear! There is nothing like the accomplishment of that 1st 5k. Just like with Robin's post - do it at your pace -
and do it for you, that's the important thing. I just did a 5k yesterday for the American Lung Assoc. and I was reminded how blessed we are.
There are many people, adults and children alike that can not walk, must less run 3 miles. Just keep it up and let us know how
you are doing.
Just found this thread and are planning on running my first 5k on the 21st. I have soaked up the many tips and encouragement given to Robin. Great job Robin - That was a great time. I am very nervous b/c my training has slacked in the past few weeks due to taking care of my sick children. With only a week to go - any suggestions? I've wondered how people warm up on race day - I've trained using the c25k plan with the 5 minutes of walking before running. Is this possible on race day?
Way to go Robin. I was looking forward to reading your post today. Sounds like you did awesome. Keep up the good work and sign up for another one somewhere down the line so you have that goal to continue to go for!
Thanks everyone, for all of your kind words. I owe it all to you guys, because a few weeks ago I was ready to give up. And Yes, it is addicting. I keep thinking about the next run, the next race, etc. etc. Isn't it awesome??!!
I got there early and parked about 10 blocks away, so I could have a warm-up walk. Also, I did my "loosening" exercises right there where the race started, while I was waiting.
Also, during the week leading up to the race, I ran on Sun, Tues, and Thurs. I rested Fri & Sat. I didn't push it on my runs, just some easy 2 or 2.5 milers.
Good luck!! Let us know how you do.
Walking Bear: I'm so proud of you for not giving up! Congratulations, you achieved your goal. Keep up the good work, and sign up for another one in two months. That's my plan. I know I need to have something on the calendar to keep me motivated. Best of luck to you, and thanks for your comments.
I just signed up for my first 5k too. Its not until May and I am currently running about 2 miles. Just keep working toward the goal and you will do great! I understand the nerves - but you still have a few weeks. Good luck - and let us know how you do!