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hrtgoeson Rookie 5 posts since
Mar 24, 2010
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Mar 9, 2011 8:35 AM

In C25K Week 7 but my 5K is Saturday, *cry*, need advice

I'm sooooooo not ready!  I mean, no matter what, 3.1 miles is nothing and I'll have no issues finishing, but I really really really wanted to run the whole thing!  At the moment, walking 5min, jogging 25 and walking another 5 only gets me around 2.75miles (hello all my penguin friends!).  I don't think I can up my endurance to another 15min of jogging by Saturday.  Anyone have any words of encouragement/helpful advice for a first 5k'er?  And I did my Week7Day2 today, should I do another on Friday or just walk between now and the race so I'm not doubling up on days?

  • trottergirl Rookie 7 posts since
    Jan 31, 2011

    hi there!  i'm in the same boat as you (1st 5k march 20th at the end of week 7) and i don't think my husband will have a hard time finishing because he's much faster than i am.  mine will probably not be all running - but i'm o.k. with that!  think about all the progress you've made since the start of c25k and be proud of yourself!  and no matter how you finish your first race, it's a victory - because you will cross that finish line, and that's pretty awesome

  • lenzlaw Community Moderator 10,539 posts since
    Jan 18, 2008

    Go for it!  You might surprise yourself.  But do it as D3 and just walk between now and then.




  • Lindsay1117 Rookie 5 posts since
    Feb 28, 2011

    I agree, you will most likely suprise yourself. The other runners around you are going to inspire you to just keep going. And if its your first race then remember that you can only do better from there! Every race you'll feel stronger and most likely beat your previous time! Good Luck and have fun!!

    Ran my 1st 1/2 in Jan. 2011

    DisneyWorld 1/2 Marathon in 2:28

    Upcoming Races:

    Chicago Rock N Roll 1/2 August 2011 Shooting for under 2:20

    SpaceCoast 1/2 Nov. 2011

  • emiss Pro 70 posts since
    Feb 7, 2011

    Good luck to you!  I'm in the exact same boat.  I'm in week 7 right now and I'm signed up for a 5K next weekend.  Yesterday I ran outside for only the second time (I'm in icy, wet New Hampshire) and I was able to make it 2.75 with a lot of pushing.  I've never run a full 3.1.  I've told myself two things:  One, I don't HAVE to run the whole thing.  But, I was also able to find a friend who's a runner who isn't looking to place in this race (this one only gives medals to the top 3 finishers, no age groups) and she's going to run with me and keep me going.  We've run together before and I know she'll keep me at a reasonable pace (she's a penguin) and she'll keep talking to me to get me through.  If for some reason she's not there I have a great mix of music that will hopefully keep me going.  But everyone says the enthusiasm of the day keeps you going, and I'm just going to try to believe them.  Let us know how it went!

    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

  • LPARafael Pro 166 posts since
    Sep 13, 2010

    Others have mentioned that once you get to the race you may surprise yourself.  Being there with many others will get the old adrenaline pumping and you may just be able to get it done.  Just make sure that you don't get too excited by whatever pageantry or hoopla that goes on before the race. You participating in C25K and the 5K race itself is a great triumph.  Whatever happens it will be a PR (personal record) so just enjoy it.  And don't double up on your planned running days.  At least take Friday off and just relax that day, and use it to get your running ensemble together so you won't forget anything - lay out your shorts, tshirt, shoes, socks, running bib and chip (if you have it already).

    To paraphrase Newton, "A body in motion tends to stay in motion", so keep those feet moving ....

    2012 Races

    Year 2 Year 5K - 12/31 - 1/1

    Tinkerbell Half Marathon - 1/29

    Rock n Roll Pasadena Half marathon - 2/19

    Old Agoura 10K - 3/24

    O2O Half Marathon - 6/3

    City Impact Half Marathon - 6/16

    Channel Islands 10K - 7/4

    Disneyland Half - 9/2

    Marine Corps Marathon - 10/28

  • nancybird1018 Amateur 19 posts since
    Oct 2, 2008

    I haven't done anything in ages, but I know the difference that running in a pack does for me.  I practically run twice as far and don't feel it. 

    Believe in yourself.  Trust that you are ready.  Get a good song in your head and good luck!  You can do it! 

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