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In the 5K the last mile really hurts. In a 400 meter the last 100 meter really hurts, but it is over so fast you can almost laugh. It takes great discipline to keep pushing the last mile of a 5k. The 5 D's are dedication, discipline, devotion, determination and ????
Hi all! My first post...
My first 5K is tomorrow night (a twilight run.) A lot of chefs and restaurant folks are involved (I'm a chef) so I think it will be an easy crowd, laid back, all in it for fun. I've been running since March (after walking for months and feeling like I needed/wanted MORE.) Tomorrow nights run is a benefit for Toys for Tots and the local food pantry. I've been following different training plans from various sites, picking and choosing which fit me and my schedule and I do three 3.5, one 4.7 and one 5.5 mile runs per week. (The distance is such because of the routes I have..I know they seem odd!)
I've never been athletic nor involved in any sport and every day that I make that first step it crosses my mind that my ability to do the distance the day before was a fluke! I'm nervous and excited and can't wait! I haven't actually timed any of my runs (I want to build up my endurance and have consistent weeks and then I'll look at my time) so I really don't know quite what to expect time wise...we'll see!
Well, I have not run my first 5K yet. I plan to do so in October and I can hardly wait. I have been following the C25K training program and I think I will be more than ready for the 5K by then. Just to be sure, I signed up for a 2K fun run that takes place in a few weeks. I figured that would give me some confidence so I won't be as nervous trying my first 5K.
I entered my first 5K on my 62nd birthday and ran the race a week later. I remember it vividly. I was so proud of myself. Then I saw a woman about my age with two prosthetic arms, running ahead of me. Made me proud to be a baby bommer. I knew I would finish, as I'd been running that distance for a couple of months before the race. There were almost 1,000 people in the race. I was instantly addicted to racing.
I was 59, never ran before. I saw an advertisement for the benefit of a Christian Camp I was familar with. Their website linked to a 9-week
"Couch to 5k" schedule and it was exactly 9 weeks till the 5k. I was probably next to the slowest runner, but I ran the whole thing
and will never forget the feeling of accomplishment. I quess there is nothing like the 1st one - of course I have been hooked since.
My first 5K was two weeks ago (Cincinnati Heart Mini-Marathon/5K), and I'm so excited that I finished! Not first in my age group, but not last, either. I'm working now to improve speed and endurance. My second 5K, whenever it is, will be even better than the first!
52 Years old; getting younger with every step! Cincinnati Heart Mini-Heart 5K, 03/29/09 - 41.31
Starting Weight - 214; Current Weight - 187; Goal Weight - 172
My fist 5K was in May 2006 and was the first time I ever ran outdoors. I was scared to death!! Didn't know what to expect, wasn't sure about the sign-in process, timing chip, bib. I absolutely thought I must be out of my mind. The whole experience was so positive and I felt so proud of myself after. Parents of a young child with Down Syndrome Association sponsored the triathlon and I did only the 5K run. It is the only race that I don't miss yearly now and vow to keep that one up. I've done some other 5Ks since that very first but as many others have said, you don't forget that very first one
I was 50 years old. This Saturday I'll be doing my first 10K. I'm not a speed demon as you can tell from getting from 5 to 10Ktook me 3 years!B-)
You're right not to give up. Not only will you be proud of yourself (and will continue to be proud of yourself) but we'll be proud of you, too.
I just read your response to "your first 5k". I am 57 and have never been a runner. I'm in week 5 of C25k and feeling it. I am 30 lbs overweight, maybe 40 for an athelete. and at 5'4" with small bones, that's a lot.
I am inspired that your first was at this age. And such a fast time for a first time? Any advice? My entire goal is to train and do this without injury.
Thanks for posting.
Ahhhhhh..... I remember it well. I was battling breast cancer and had never run a step in my life. I was 44. I was doing a 5K walk and met a guy that was volunteering as a timer. We got to talking and he said I should try running. Turns out he is a great runner and qualifies for Boston every year (we are still friends). Two weeks later I signed up for a 5K and ran without ever even training, It darned near killed me as I thought you had to run the entire distance, I thought you would be disqualified if you walked. I did walk a little towards the end out of total necessity. I collapsed on the curb aftwerwards and thought I could never do that again. I think I finished in like 32-3 ish. When I realized that you could actually walk and still get the race experience, I was hooked. I started running 2 minutes and walking 2 minutes. I'd do races that way! One day I just kept running and I never did the walk-run thing again. There weren't many runners 7 years ago and rarely walkers. I would finish dead last a lot (I would have surgery and be out the next week)!! Funny thing was, because of the lack of people running, I would get age group trophies all the time!!
That was hundereds of 5Ks later and 35 HMs. Now I am trying duathlons and adventure races. I am contemplating a 50K trail run this October. Not bad for a 50 year old breast cancer survivor!!
No, I didn't recall my first 5K. I had to look it up in my records. It was a rather humdrum event. My first race was a 10K in 1978 which I do remember very well. The second was 15K, a race I've done 25 times since. I didn't run a 5K until about 2 years later. 30 years ago 5Ks were not as ubiquitous. They were considered a bit wimpy. Road races weren't just longer but tougher too. No race director would have dared advertise the course as flat or fast. They had to be tests of machismo. Women comprised only about 10% of runners at that time and the majority were boomer guys trying to prove they weren't getting old yet. Still are...
My first 5K was in 1986, at age 30, in the San Francisco Bay Area, specifically in the Palo Alto baylands. I'd been running for about 3 years for fun and for fitness, but it had never previously occurred to me to enter a race. I was consistently doing about 8.5 to 9 min/mi, and thought that races were only for really fast people. However, a couple of friends assured me that I'd finish in the middle of the pack, certainly not dead last. So I entered the Bay to Breakfast 5K, which was sponsored by a local restaurant chain (hence the name). One motivating factor, in addition to a pretty course through the baylands, was the finish line treat - the restaurant was providing blueberry coffeecake. I knew I would finish since I'd done 5K distances so many times in training. I treated the race like just another training run, since I didn't know any better. I instinctively lined up in the middle of the field and finished right about there, in just under 28 min as I recall. And the coffeecake was great.
"...I've learned that you shouldn't compare yourself to the best others can do, but to the best you can do....I've learned that you can keep going long after you think you can't..." --- author unknown
@ 5K: Ontario Mills 5K, Ontario, CA, 24:42
Heart of the City Run, Los Angeles, CA, 24:13
Bruin 5K Run at UCLA, Westwood, CA, 24:54
@ 10K: LA Chinatown Firecracker 10K, Los Angeles, CA, 51:42
The Great Race - Old Agoura 10K, Agoura Hills, CA, 51:12
I remember mine it was the turkey trot in 2006. This was after I had just lost over 100 lbs. I got up saw it on the TV news and drove right over to run in it. Over a 1000 people it was so exciting, and yes I run as fast as I could right out of the gate. 1/2 way through 2 seventy plus gentlemen passed me and they were having a conversation with each other, I could barely breath. I did finish the race in 38 minutes. Now 2009 I'm running a 1/2 marathon in November. Running became so addicting for me that my wife has now joined me and we love training together.
I was only about 6 weeks away from my first marathon when I ran my first 5K. It was about a year and a half ago. I finished at about 27.5, which gives you some indication of how the marathon turned out (5 hours-plus). But yeah, I was nervous, because a lot of the people in the 5K knew I was training for a marathon and I didn't want to embarrass myself. As it was, even with that slow time, I was second in my age group. I've only run a couple more since then, but in each of them I improved my time by about 30 seconds. Almost to the point where I can hang with my 15 year-old stepson. Almost.