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GBFLA Amateur 9 posts since
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Mar 11, 2011 5:37 AM

5k by yourself??

Don't know if this is a dumb question. But have you run a 5k alone?


I just completed my first 5k and ran it with my husband. We have our next one planned for October, but I want to do another local one sooner. My husband works Saturdays so its tough for him to get the time off and I don't really know any other runners. I'm thinking about just registering and running it alone, but I think I would feel so akward, especially not having anyone to celebrate with at the end.

"Within you right now is the power to do things you never dreamed possible. This power becomes availalbe to you just as soon as you change your beleifs" - Maxwell Maltz

Champion 5K at ESPN the Weekend (2011) - First 5k! 35:49

  • BOSNPM We're Not Worthy 2,482 posts since
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    1. Mar 11, 2011 6:39 AM (in response to GBFLA)
    Re: 5k by yourself??

    It is better when I go with someone, but I run a good many races alone.  The running commuity is very friendly so finding someone to talk with is easy.  At local races after you have done several you will know some of the runners.  Go for it, I am sure you will fell comfortable.

  • MelissaGraham7 Legend 315 posts since
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    2. Mar 11, 2011 6:39 AM (in response to GBFLA)
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    I am running my first 5K race on 3/19 alone.   My partner has to work and no one in my running group is going, because most are scheduled for a 1/2 marathon the next day.   SO, I'm going it alone and it is my first race.   I do think about having no one to celebrate with at the end, yet from all I've heard, there is plenty of support from even strangers so I'm sure I can at least high-five somebody there.   LOL.   I"m not worried about it and am not going to let it slow me down.  I don't think we will suffer any from not having someone specific to run with - as there will be lots of new people to meet!!    Go for it!

    "Run when you can, walk when you have to, crawl if you must; just never give up!" Dean Karnazes

    Equinoxalizer 5K 3/19/2011: Time 37:13; 2nd place in age group!

    Dogwood 5K April 29, 2011: Time 36:15

    Running of the Bulls 8K 6/18/2011: Time: 61 minutes 15 seconds

    Mebane on the Move 10K 09/10/2011: Time 75 minutes 16 seconds; 1st in age group (oldest woman running!)

    Valentine's Massacre Marathon Relay 2/12/2012: Team distance 26.2 my pace 12:02 my distance 8 miles

    Fleet Feet 4-mile in Chapel Hill 4/22/2012: PR for 11:53 pace!! WOOOHOOO!

    Run for the Haw 5K on 5/26/2012: PR for 11:50 pace and First in Age Group! First race in Skele-Toes (minimalist shoes)

    Running of the Bulls 8K 6/02/2012:

    Yellow Brick Road 5-Miler 07/14/2012:

    Keep on running!

  • flyzippio Pro 116 posts since
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    3. Mar 11, 2011 6:40 AM (in response to GBFLA)
    Re: 5k by yourself??

    This is not a dumb question.  I think this is one that a lot of newbies go through.  I ran the Disney Half-Marathon with my brother but he was in a different starting corral and finished an hour a head of me so it was like he wasn't there.  I also did the Krispy Kreme challenge alone.  Two different experiences.  The Disney race I was perfectly fine being alone as it really was a race.  The Krispy Kreme race was different as it's built up as a fun challenge and I didn't enjoy it as much as I would just a normal race.  But I still had a great time.  When I run alone.  I'm competing with myself and it's a great way to focus on just the running.  Of course it is easier to talk yourself out of running as well.


    Would I run another race alone? In a heartbeat! 

  • Angelique Simpson Pro 92 posts since
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    4. Mar 11, 2011 6:51 AM (in response to GBFLA)
    Re: 5k by yourself??

    My very first 5k race I ran with a friend, it was a little odd because she was a much faster runner but she was just there to support me and trotted along right next to me for the entire thing. For the first time it was really great to have someone there to experience it. Since then I have ran many races, as seen below in my sig, and almost all of them I ran alone. I actually prefer it! Once I started to get into running and be competitive with myself and my time I didn't want to have to be concerned with what a friend of mine might be doing along side of me. It is nice to have someone there at the end to help celebrate, but then again many times I really enjoy the feeling of accomplishment I get for having done something with my own motivation and drive. I get a rush from it. So in my opinion you should totally go for it, sign up and run as many as you like and don't feel like you need to have someone else there running with you. Enjoy!!



    Race History
    5K - Apr 2009: 39:00
    5K - Jun 2009: 36:55
    5K - Sep 2009: 34:06
    10K - Oct 2009: 1:13:45
    5K - Nov 2009: 34:23
    5K - Feb 2010: 32:28
    Half Marathon - Apr 2010: 2:39:06
    5K - May 2010: 29:49
    10K - Jun 2010: 1:01:48

    5K - Aug 2010: 27:57

    Half Marathon - Oct 2010: 2:12:18

    10K - Nov 2010: 52:44 (PR)

    5K - Feb 2011: 23:45

    Half Marathon - Apr 2011: 1:49:18

    Marathon - May 2011: 3:56:05

    Half Marathon - Oct 2011: 1:49:14 (PR)

    5K - Nov 2011: 22:20 (PR)

    Marathon - Dec 2011: 3:41:42 (PR)

  • flamomof3 Legend 1,928 posts since
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    5. Mar 11, 2011 8:14 AM (in response to GBFLA)
    Re: 5k by yourself??

    I have run 3 5ks and I have done them all by myself. My husband nor my closest friends run so I'm on my own in this sport.

  • flamomof3 Legend 1,928 posts since
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    7. Mar 11, 2011 11:04 AM (in response to GBFLA)
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    My Turkey Trot was in Ocala with the YMCA. 1100 people ran that race

  • Carrieous Pro 146 posts since
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    8. Mar 11, 2011 12:49 PM (in response to GBFLA)
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    I have ran all of my 5ks by myself.  It was wonderful!

  • flamomof3 Legend 1,928 posts since
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    9. Mar 11, 2011 5:21 PM (in response to GBFLA)
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    GBFLA wrote:




    flamomof3.....I too am a flamomof3!




    I got pregnant 3 months after signing on here.  I should be flamomof4

  • docedwards Expert 43 posts since
    Mar 6, 2011
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    10. Mar 11, 2011 10:50 PM (in response to GBFLA)
    Re: 5k by yourself??

    I usually see people at the race/during the race that I know, but I run all my races alone. I say just do it, you'll make friends.

    Alive and Running from beautiful Oxford, AL

    Personal Bests (m/53)

    5K- 23:04

    10K- 49:55

    Half-marathon- 1:50:58

  • Pastor_David Rookie 2 posts since
    Apr 7, 2010
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    11. Mar 16, 2011 1:12 PM (in response to GBFLA)
    Re: 5k by yourself??

    I enjoy running alone -- I wear headphones and get lost in the music.  Talking would distract me and probably lower my time.

  • HelenM2002 Pro 153 posts since
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    12. Mar 16, 2011 2:00 PM (in response to GBFLA)
    Re: 5k by yourself??

    I have run all but one of my races alone (or at least partly).  The one race that I wasn't alone, I ran part of the way with a friend of mine (and then she went on to run the rest of the 10 K while I completed the 5K). I usually know people that are running the race, and look for them afterwards, but I prefer not running "with" someone. Like PastorDave wrote, I wear my headphones, and concentrate on the music and just doing my best. I have only done 2 races that my 5-year-old son and either my mom, husband or a friend haven't made it to. Just knowing that my little guy is waiting there usually gives me a boost at the end.


    I guarantee that there will be someone to give you a high-five at the end of your race, and ask you how you did. And there will undoubtedly be people along the way to encourage you!

  • nikkicarr1 Legend 315 posts since
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    13. Mar 16, 2011 4:27 PM (in response to GBFLA)
    Re: 5k by yourself??

    My SIL ran my first 5k "with" me (she's faster), my hubby ran my 2nd 5k "with" me (he's faster too),  but every race since then has been just me running (hubby is there to cheer for me at the finish when the kids participate in the 1 mi events) and I dont mind it at all.  I get to talk with new people every race and not having someone with you really gets you to be more out going with strangers.  I have met people at one race and ran into them at another and of course that gets us talking and others join in.  I run by myself pretty much all the time so why should race day be any different - me and my head full of thoughts to think in peace.  And there are always tons of people cheering for you at the finish even though they dont know you.  Going it alone allows you to socialize after and leave at your own discretion instead of feeling like someone is waiting on you.


    2009: Opperation Troop Appreciation 5k oct 29:44 (first race), Greensburg Turkey Trot 5k nove 31:09

    2010: On Deck for the Cure sprint 1mi 1-4 9:00, Race for Grace 5k 3-20 32:11, Yough River Council 1/2 marathon 4-10 2:16:39 (goal for 1st 1/2 2:25) 3rd in AG, Pittsburgh Komen Race for the Cure 5k 5-9 30:08, Jerry Mahar Jr Parkinsons Awareness 5k 6-5-10 29:28 6th in AG

    Las Vegas Rock N Roll Marathon 12-5 5:01:?? FIRST FULL MARATHON (with calf tear)

    2011: Race for Grace 5k 3-19 30:56, Alpha Fitness 5k 4-9 28:57 8th in AG, Pittsburgh Half Marathon 5-14 2:17:52, 9/11 Heroes Run 5k 9-11 27:34 (PR) 5th in AG, Pittsburgh ZooZilla 5k 10-2 28:03, Greenburg 5k Turkey Trot 11-24 28:35

    NEXT PLANNED EVENT: Race for Grace 5k 3-31-2012, Pittsburgh Marathon 5-6-2012, Great Race 10K 9-30-2012

  • ColoCorredor Pro 97 posts since
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    14. Mar 16, 2011 8:43 PM (in response to GBFLA)
    Re: 5k by yourself??

    I have run every single race alone.  Almost all of them I sign up with a group of people, but I find it hard to hit my stride, and stay in the zone during a race when running with someone else.  And, that can be seen as strange because I train with others, and enjoy it.  But, I enjoy running alone.  I don't want to waste my breath chatting, or end up speeding up and getting tired because I'm trying to keep up with someone else.  Instead, I love just getting out of the house, and losing myself in a run.  I let my mind wander, listen to music, think thru things that are stressing me.  But, that's just me, and I guess I'm little selfish in that way.


    With that said, I love racing on my own, even if I have friends running too.  It becomes a personal victory, and you bond with other runners in the race more often if you run alone.  You look to them for motivation when you are struggling, and you will definitely find it, even if its from the nice stranger that's passing you.  He will offer encouraging words as he passes by that will make you want to keep it up :-)


    You should definitely run the race you are talking about, and not worry about your running buddy/hubby not being able to make it!  The beauty of running is that it can be a one-man sport :-)


    Good Luck!!

    Believe you can do it. Think no other way but “Yes you can.”
    The human body is capable of considerably more physical endurance than most of us realize!!
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