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SRivers123 Rookie 6 posts since
May 2, 2011
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May 6, 2011 3:08 PM

First 5k on Sunday!

I'll be running my first 5k on Sunday! I have gone through an 8-week program. I think I am pretty well prepared. What was your first experience like? Any tips?

  • SteveBikeRun Legend 455 posts since
    Aug 3, 2010
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    1. May 7, 2011 2:26 AM (in response to SRivers123)
    Re: First 5k on Sunday!

    First of all, congratulations for making the effort to prepare for your first 5K.

    1.  Lay out your clothes and anything else you are taking with you the night before, so you aren't searching for something on race morning.

    2.  Get to the race about 30-45 minutes before start time so you aren't rushed.

    3.  Do a light and easy 1/2-3/4 mile jog to warm up.  Try to finish your warmup just before the race so your legs don't get heavy.

    4.  Start where you feel comfortable in the field.  Since this is your first one, I suggest you not set a time goal.

    5.  Don't get caught up in the excitement at the start and go out too fast.  Otherwise you'll use up your energy in the first mile and have nothing left for the finish.

    6.  Trust your training and you will do fine.

     

    Since this is not a long race, eat a light snack about 1-2 hours before.  I find that a banana and a small amount of water work well for me.

     

    Finally, give yourself a pat on the back for doing this.  Let us know how it goes.





    --Steve

    Completed in 2012:

    The Qualifier HM, Midland MI, May 2012, 2:58, 80+ degrees

    Dam to Dam 20K, Des Moines, IA, June 2012, 2:17, PR for this race

    Garry Bjorklund HM, Duluth, MN, June 2012, 2:20

    Fox Valley HM, St. Charles, IL, 9/16/12, 2:23

    Des Moines HM, 10/21/12, 2:19

    Tentative plans for 2013:

    Wisconsin (Half) Marathon, Kenosha, WI 5/4/2013 (registered)

    Dam To Dam 20K, Des Moines, 6/2/2013 (registration opens March 20th)

    Grandma's (Half) Marathon, Duluth, MN, 6/22/2013 (if I get picked again in the lottery)

    Des Moines HM, 10/20/2013 (registered)

  • Guayquilwriter Legend 511 posts since
    Mar 18, 2011
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    2. May 7, 2011 2:36 AM (in response to SRivers123)
    Re: First 5k on Sunday!

    I'm actually doing my first 5k in 18 years Sunday morning. I used to be an active runner in my 20s-30s before injuries and a less active lifestyle placed me into the obese category.

     

    My first 5k was in Clarksville, Tennessee in 1884 over rolling hills. It was fabulous. I was nervous and went out way too fast, caught up by the excitement. I ended up walking a good chunk after mile 2 but I caught my wind back and came in strong at the finish.

     

    Lessons learned - try to stay calm and relaxed and start conservatively the first mile even if people are running away from you. Then gradually increase your speed if you are feeling good. Concentrate on other runners and use them - find groups to help you pace yourself. After mile 2 a lot of people who went out too fast will be slowing, make mental commitments to yourself to gradually "reel-in" those slower runners/walkers and pass them. It will give you a series of small victories that will keep your mind occupied.

     

    Just ignore the others who are passing you

     

    Good luck!





    OVER 50 PRs

    5K - 31:50 5K La Joya 2011 - Aug 2011

    10K - 1:14:30 at Guayaquil Half Marathon - Jul 2011

    Half - 2:32:22 at Guayaquil Marathon - Oct 2011

    2012 Races

    InterAmerican Family Fun Run (5k) 36:04 (Previous Year 39:22)

    Emelec 5K 33:16

    Upcoming Races

    15 June - 5K Ciudad Celeste

    22 June 5K por los Ninos

    1 July - Guayaquil Half Marathon

    5 August - 5K La Joya

    2 September - 30K Milagro

    7 October - Guayaquil Marathon

    18 November - 5K Villa Club

    2 December - 5K DM3

  • ORcoastrunner Pro 83 posts since
    Apr 9, 2011
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    3. May 7, 2011 9:20 AM (in response to SRivers123)
    Re: First 5k on Sunday!

    I just did my first 5K ever last Saturday.  My goal was just to finish.  We had just completed the couch to 5K about 2 weeks prior.  My son gave me a hug before I left for the race, wished me luck and said, "I hope you finish in the top 100%!"  Now that was just my speed!

     

    Our race was very crowded at the beginning, and there was a short, steep uphill that was also very crowded, so I ended up just walking up half the hill.  I think that kept us from going out too fast, and it felt like the 2 mile marker came up really quick.  There was a long, gentle hill coming up to the 3 mile marker which really tested us.  But my running buddy and I crossed the finish line with a way better time than we'd ever run!  (Which was easy, when we'd only been running 5K for a few weeks... )

     

    We stayed at a hotel just a few blocks from the race, so we did a brisk walk around for our warmup.  We had a very light breakfast with some fruit, a half a bagel, and a handful of almonds.  Then after the race, we went back and had a very yummy full breakfast!

     

    I think starting out near the back was helpful for us.  Not only did it keep the brakes on at the beginning, so we didn't go out too fast, and not so many people were passing us.   It was humbling at the end, though, to see that several 7 and 8 year-olds totally smoked us!

     

    Have a great first race!  We had so much fun at ours, that we are running another one tomorrow!  The best part is that this time, we'll both have our husbands and kids cheering us on.  I can't think of a better mothers' day gift!





    I may not be good, but I'm slow!

  • CatPyn Expert 63 posts since
    Feb 21, 2011
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    4. May 7, 2011 9:32 AM (in response to SRivers123)
    Re: First 5k on Sunday!

    I am running my first 5K on Sunday as well.  My mother's day gift to me.  I am just concerned about getting to the finish even though I know that I can run 5K since I completed the C25K a couple of weeks ago.  Just first run jitters I guess.

     

    Good luck everybody on your 5K, hope the wind is at your back and the cheers loud in your ears.





    Cathleen - Age 52

    Started running 03 Jan 2011

    Graduate C25K - 10 April 2011

    First 5K - Mother's Day Run - May 8 - 38:44

    Emilie's Run 5K- June 25

  • MichaelS75 Pro 168 posts since
    Apr 29, 2011
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    5. May 7, 2011 9:38 AM (in response to Guayquilwriter)
    Re: First 5k on Sunday!

    Dang Richard, you're old!

     

    "My first 5k was in Clarksville, Tennessee in 1884 over rolling hills."





    C25K Graduate 6/15/11

    Gibson Guitars 5k (6/11/11, first 5k, 34:58)

    Comcast Firecracker 5k (7/3/11, 31:13)

    Forrest Spence 5k (8/27/11, 28:15)

    Chick-Fil-A 5k (9/5/11, 29:26)

    Cooper Young Festival 4-Miler (9/16/11, 36:30)

    Camp Good Grief 5k (10/2/11, 28:45)

    LeBonheur Pumpkin Run 5k (10/8/11, 27:09)

    Home Run 5k (10/23/11, 27:55)

    Turkey Trot 4-Miler (11/24/11, 36:50)

    St. Jude Half Marathon (12/3/11, 2:22:33)

  • flamomof3 Legend 1,927 posts since
    Dec 14, 2007
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    6. May 7, 2011 9:42 AM (in response to SRivers123)
    Re: First 5k on Sunday!

    I just went out and did the best I could. I was nervous but overall... I think I did good, Good Luck to you!

  • BradW44 Pro 119 posts since
    Jun 15, 2010
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    7. May 7, 2011 11:01 AM (in response to SRivers123)
    Re: First 5k on Sunday!

    Great advice from everyone...remember that your first race is a time to create a positive experience so you will want to run another   Arrive with plenty of time so you can warm up without feeling rushed and soak in the atmosphere.  The running community welcomes everyone and its really fun to be a part of it.  Dont try to run the fastest youve ever run.  Just relax and soak it in and get an understanding of what its like to run in a race with alot of people.  If you enjoy it, you can start to prepare for the next one and the next one and if you want, run faster and faster.  Best of luck but most importantly, enjoy the experience!

     

     

    Brad

    www.RunnersPlan.com





    Brad

    www.RunnersPlan.com

  • Guayquilwriter Legend 511 posts since
    Mar 18, 2011
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    9. May 7, 2011 11:21 AM (in response to MichaelS75)
    Re: First 5k on Sunday!

    Well - I do feeeeel that old sometimes.

     

    Actually it was 1984





    OVER 50 PRs

    5K - 31:50 5K La Joya 2011 - Aug 2011

    10K - 1:14:30 at Guayaquil Half Marathon - Jul 2011

    Half - 2:32:22 at Guayaquil Marathon - Oct 2011

    2012 Races

    InterAmerican Family Fun Run (5k) 36:04 (Previous Year 39:22)

    Emelec 5K 33:16

    Upcoming Races

    15 June - 5K Ciudad Celeste

    22 June 5K por los Ninos

    1 July - Guayaquil Half Marathon

    5 August - 5K La Joya

    2 September - 30K Milagro

    7 October - Guayaquil Marathon

    18 November - 5K Villa Club

    2 December - 5K DM3

  • redrunner32 Pro 151 posts since
    Sep 29, 2010
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    10. May 7, 2011 2:17 PM (in response to SRivers123)
    Re: First 5k on Sunday!

    My first 5k was last summer.  I wasn't sure what to think when I was done - probably because it was like 90 degrees outside with 100% humidity and I felt like I was going to throw up.  But then after I recovered, I realized I was addicted!  LOVE IT!

  • CatPyn Expert 63 posts since
    Feb 21, 2011
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    11. May 8, 2011 7:12 AM (in response to SRivers123)
    Re: First 5k on Sunday!

    My first 5K is complete.

     

    I was very nervous this morning when I got up and asked myself why am I doing this, do I really think I can do it.  After a cup of coffee and a banana, off to the race we went.  My hubby was there to cheer me on.  The start line is a little crowded and you tend to get pushed along with the crowd, but when things opened up I just moved to the side and ran at my own pace.  There where a few rough spots along the way, part of the path was flooded and so they had to do an alternate route, which was not paved so it was a little messy, with all those people running through a soggy trail, but it was only a short way.  Since the first K was down hill and it was an out an back race, the last K was up hill.  My goal was to finish in under 40 minutes, when I got to where I could see the timer at the finish line it had just got to 39 minutes, so I picked up my pace and managed to cross the line in 39:35.

     

    Next race June 25.

     

    Hope everybody had a good time at their runs.





    Cathleen - Age 52

    Started running 03 Jan 2011

    Graduate C25K - 10 April 2011

    First 5K - Mother's Day Run - May 8 - 38:44

    Emilie's Run 5K- June 25

  • redrunner32 Pro 151 posts since
    Sep 29, 2010
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    12. May 8, 2011 8:27 AM (in response to CatPyn)
    Re: First 5k on Sunday!

    Congrats! 

  • ORcoastrunner Pro 83 posts since
    Apr 9, 2011
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    13. May 8, 2011 11:11 AM (in response to CatPyn)
    Re: First 5k on Sunday!

    Cat,

    You rock!!  Nice job!  Coffee and a banana is also my 'breakfast of champions!'

     

    My running buddy, who is 10 years younger than I am and has done this before, totally pushed my pace the whole race.  Luckily, our race was uphill for the first half and mostly downhill for the home stretch.  We beat our time from our last race (which was my first ever), so now I have a new PR!  (I don't think I'll be able to keep doing that in every race.)  Now we start training for our 10K in September which is downhill for the first half and uphill for the last half, with a big uphill in the last half mile.  Ouch.  But we will be ready!





    I may not be good, but I'm slow!

  • HillyJill99 Rookie 2 posts since
    Apr 15, 2011
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    14. May 8, 2011 4:25 PM (in response to SRivers123)
    Re: First 5k on Sunday!

    I finished my first 5k in March and now I've completed 3.  I am hoping to do my first 10k next month. Little nervous that I won't be able to run the whole time. Any suggestions on pushing through would be great.

     

    Congratulations on the accomplishment and I am sure there will be more to come.

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