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1460 Views 4 Replies Latest reply: Feb 28, 2011 6:28 AM by weenafaye
emiss Pro 70 posts since
Feb 7, 2011
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Feb 16, 2011 5:12 PM

Good motivation or mistake?

I've wanted to start running for a long time and I finally got up the courage to start the C25K program this week.  I used to be athletic (never a runner though) but in the past few years having two kids under 4 and working full time has taken its toll.  Part of what got me to get off the couch and start the program was a flier I saw posted at my favorite tavern.  It's a St. Patrick's Day 5K right up the street from my house and the atmosphere (and the fact that it's so close by) just make me feel comfortable.  But, the problem is, it's only a month away and I'll be in week 5 of the program.  Is that too soon to take on a 5K?  If I do take part, what would be a reasonable goal?  Shooting to maintain the C25K plan and just figure I'll walk a decent portion?  Take a slow pace and see how much I can do that day?  Shelve the idea and just keep training and figure I'll find something else down the road? (For the record, the whole race is described as a "flat, fast course" and I've driven it a few times to take a look )  I'm a pretty driven person when I get my mind set on something and having this as a goal feels great, but I don't want to risk injury by taking it too fast.  Thoughts?





Completed Races:

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)

2012 Races:

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

  • weenafaye Pro 57 posts since
    Nov 5, 2009
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    1. Feb 25, 2011 8:11 AM (in response to emiss)
    Re: Good motivation or mistake?

    I don't see any reason not to run it. If you're not comfortable running the whole thing, then walk some.  But the race and the atmosphere will be a great motivator! St Patricks Day 5k's are usually a blast.

    Have fun!





    Alicia 

    PR's

    Clear Lake Turkey Trot 10k Nov 2009 - 1:05

    Dallas White Rock Half Dec 2009 - 2:38:02

    Ellis County CASA 5k Nov 2010- 29:08

  • PaintingLady Legend 906 posts since
    Dec 12, 2009
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    2. Feb 25, 2011 8:41 AM (in response to emiss)
    Re: Good motivation or mistake?

    Emiss, sorry that your question got lost, so hope that you are still working on the C25K program. You can most definately do this St Patty event. Use it as  training "run" and I bet you can work in more "run" interals and finish in grand fashion. Avoid going out too fast and burning yourself out. Pace yourself in a comfortable range. Take walk breaks as needed. Even if you have to walk the entire 5K, no big deal. It is better than watch them pass by and you not participating. Have fun! Just think, whatever time you cross that finish line in, you will have a PR (personal record) since it is your first of hopefully many more races.

    Keep us posted on the outcome....heck, let us know how you are doing now.  We're here to cheer you on.

    Marie





    Marie from Tennessee

    Training for Disney 2013 Goofy Challenge.....Yes, I'm certifiably CRAZY!

    61 year olds must be out of their minds to run a half marathon followed by a full the next day!

    Disney Half Marathon 1/7/2012 2:37:59

    Bear Hunt 5K 9/24/11 28:28 pb

    Trojan Trek Trail 5K 8/6/11 31:45

    Expo 10K 5/28/11 1:01:28,

    Expo 10K 5/26/12 1:05:39

    Eastman 10K 9/8/2012 1:01:11 pb

    "Let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us." Hebrews 12:1


  • weenafaye Pro 57 posts since
    Nov 5, 2009
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    4. Feb 28, 2011 6:28 AM (in response to emiss)
    Re: Good motivation or mistake?

    That's excellent! You're gonna do great!





    Alicia 

    PR's

    Clear Lake Turkey Trot 10k Nov 2009 - 1:05

    Dallas White Rock Half Dec 2009 - 2:38:02

    Ellis County CASA 5k Nov 2010- 29:08

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