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I'm a beginner runner on w3d2 of my c25k spand I'm addicted!! In really love running and feeling the strength I'm building. Here is my problem, there isn't a 5k in my area really at all even next year!! I've only found 2 10k's (one offers like a 2 mile walk and shorter run which is 2 miles as well I think) but no official 5k! I dont want to wait till I find a 5k... Is it dumb or wrong or.. Anything if my first race is a 10k ( with the proper training to the milage of course) but can I jump from 3 miles to 6???????
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Running won't kill you. You will pass out first. ~ Edhodge
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C25k Beginning: 10/20/11 (20 has always been my lucky number!!)
C25k Finish: Soon!!
First 5k: New Years Double 12/31/11
Nothing wrong with your first race being a 10K. Once you get to 3 miles, just add a mile per week to your long run, to get to 6 (or 7 if you have time). My first race was a 10K and I know I hadn't run longer than 4 miles in training. (I wasn't training to race but a friend asked me to run the 10K as part of a team.) When I started running races, 5Ks were rare: the standard short race was 10K I did a half-marathon and a 10-miler before I did a 5K. My first 5K was late in my second year of racing.
My second race was a 10K - the Peachtree on July 4th no less. I had never done more than 5K and walked about 1/2 of the last 5K of the race. Go ahead. I'd just advise training for it. There are C210K programs out there that can help get you ready.
Kristy in NC
3/12/11 - St. Patricks Day 5K - First 5K - 43 min
7/4/11 - Peachtree Road Race - 1hr 30 min
9/2/11 - BB&T Sunset 5K - 40:48
10/22/11 - Rocktoberfest 5K - 38:53
11/5/11 - CommYOUnity 5K - 37:22
11/24/11 - Butterball 5K - 37:03
3/25/12 - Charlotte Motor Speedway 5K - 34:21
Years ago, before things like the internet and forums, the 10k was king of the recreational races and it was the race to run for first timers and experienced runners alike. Pay attention to your body as you train and don't take things too fast but I don't see any reason why you couldn't do a 10k before too long. Move forth and register.
My blog: RunningMyMouthOff.com
thanks for this question and all the answers - this has gotten me thinking "maybe i should try a 10k one of these days..."
sarah in pa
candy cane 5k, 12/8/12 36:25
historic bethelehem turkey trot, 11/24/12 37:18
turning point 5k, 10/6/12 38:38
run wild at the lehigh valley zoo 5k, 8/19/12 40:38
2012 first night resolution run 5k, 12/31/11, 37:15
children's miracle network turkey trot, 11/19/11, 35:15
haven of hope 5k, 11/5/11, 37:53
steps to safety 5k, 9/18/11, 40:03
first 5k, sue crowe memorial 5k: 7/17/11, 42:38
It is so true that the 10K was the race when I started running races in 1987.
I had run five 10K's, a 15K, and a marathon before I ran my first 5K.
I always remember finishing the first 5K and saying to myself at the finish "That's it?"