Congrats on even setting the goal and working towards it!
I'm 25, but I've had 3 kids in 6 years and my youngest was born just 1 year ago. We're all in different stages of life and you'll see all kinds of people from all walks of life out there at your race! So many people said that to me and I couldn't even imagine what that meant until I was actually there. I just finished my first 5k last week.
My best advice though, don't worry about walking! I understand it's a goal you have set, but it really isn't a big deal to walk if you need to. In fact, I train with the run/walk system and can run/walk over 3 miles, but during my 5k race last weekend I thought I was walking more than I do during training, i felt so winded....well guess what? I finished 4 minutes faster than my training time!!
Just get out there. Your first time is a test run to see how you do running that distance with lots of other people in a "race" setting. Whether you walk/run or run the whole time, when you cross that finish line you can say YOU DID IT!
Don't miss it!! You'll be just fine. Believe me. The same situation happened to me last year on my first 5K. I was 48 then. I also had a flue and missed proctice about a week or so and so scared of the first race. But I did just fine. No one tells you you have to get a gold medal for it. You just do the best you can do and you'll be happy you ran! Good luck! After that first 5k (it wa Nissan Exterra Endurance trail run and took 45 minutes), I was so hooked and did another 5K with 27 minutes (regular road), and 10K (59 minutes), and just ran my first Half marathohn two weeks ago! I was proud I finished in 2:18! My goal this year would be running half in 2 hours and do the first full marathon! PLEASE DO NOT MISS IT! Even if you don't feel like you are ready, you have trained for a while now, you should be just fine.
Miko: You are a great encouragement! Wow, you have really progressed in just one year. I hope that I can keep up my training and maybe do a 10K in the fall. But I don't want to get ahead of myself yet... Let me just get through this race in two weeks! I have already been looking at the race schedule in my area and thinking about another 5K in June. Aren't we just so crazy??!!!
pregodego2: Good for you, getting out there and taking care of yourself. Having just one baby, I can't imaging how much harder it is to get back in shape after having 3! Do you think you will have any more? Anyway, congrats on your first 5K!! You give me a lot of hope, and after your message and all the others who say it is okay to do the walk/run, some of the pressure is off. I have accepted the fact that I may need to walk for just a minute or two, in order to make sure I can finish. That is the only thing that matters to me. I don't care about time or anything; I just want to cross the fninsh line. And my son will be standing there watching, so I absolutely cannot let him down. I am ready!
I just ran my first 5K on Daytona International Speedway. I didn't run a full 5K prior to the event. But, I figured the adrenaline would be good for an extra mile. I was right. Just set your own pace, relax and have fun. YOU CAN DO IT!
I've since run a second 5K prior to my 56th birthday and I plan to do a third on the beach around Easter.
Well, today was my first 5K and I did it! Finished in the middle of the pack for my age group. 315 out of 662 women. The posts on here are all true. There are all types of people out there and walking if you need to wasn't a big deal at all. One of my 10 year old sons convinced me he wanted to run as well, so we did it together. We crossed the finish line in 35:56. It was much better than in training because there were so many people encouraging you to keep going. Oh, and for the new moms, I'm 35 and my youngest is 7, so I'm a little late on the getting back in shape thing! haha
Robin, it will be great and you will be in great condition to run because you are training now. I only ran twice in the week before this race and then before that it was at least two weeks since I had been on the treadmill. I have three kids and work full-time, so I did work out at home more than run outside. I think that helped too. Most of the people I meet that are training for a race do a lot of cross training.
I'm also new to running. Remember that being 50 and attempting a race of any length puts you ahead of 98% of the rest of your neighbors. Just do the best you can and remember that this is race number one. You will have a good time when you "feel" the atmosphere around the start area. Everyone is having fun and raising money for others.Keep a log of your race time,whatever it is and you will have a goal to better that time on the next race,even if only a few seconds. You have already won by entering.
Relax, no big deal if you walk or run.
I am 71 probably at least 50 pounds overweight and had a major operation a couple of months ago, ruptured appendix with all the complications, on top of prior attacks to my body (2 knee operations, 2 back operations and 2 "gut" operations, a heart attack with stents)and I was able to run my first ever race---a 10k yesterday in 30 degree temperatures with a 30-40mph wind.
Had only been running a month or so prior to the appendix operation. Always knew that I could complete if I had to walk, but funny thing is that I finshed the last couple of miles faster than I had even been running in training.
Use friends or relatives as inspirations, not pressure. I didn't even tell my wife that I was running until the night before the race.
Oldie but Newbie in Texas
Hey, congratulations on beginning to run at all! Two things, if you're consistent with your running (be it run walk, run, jog, sprint whatever) it only gets easier (then you can push harder) and two: when doing your first race - don't feel you have to keep up with the crowd (been there done that!) GOOD LUCK and just have a good time!
Running is all in the mind. If you think you can run the 5k, you will. If you think you can only run/walk, you will. If you worry too much, you won't finish.
Hmmm. I think you might be right!
Well, I'm feeling a little better now that it is only 10 days away. I know that I am ready; I've been training, and reading alot from people who have been there. It's very exciting, and I feel like I'm a part of something bigger than myself, if that makes any sense. I guess it's just the whole running community, and the sense that there's something within us that most others wouldn't understand. Anyway...
Wish me luck, and I'll post back here to let everyone know how I did. I've gotten a lot of support from this group and I really appreciate it.
I too am new to running I just completed my first 5k... Started training only 2 months ago, only on a treadmill. I ran the whole 5k,,, my advise -- run at an easy pace. Do not try to keep up with the crowd. Start out slow!. Just remember you can finish the 5k. I just kept looking for the mile markers, thinking where in the world are they, saw 1 mile then 2 mile, then some race official yelled less than 1 mile to go, I knew I had it in the bag! It is an incredible feeling to know I completed this, I am 49 years old...
I was so glad to find this post! I am running my first 5k on this Sat(Mar 7) and I am very nervous too. I am 29, and have 4 daughters,(6-4-and twin 9 months)!! I have always loved to run but could only get about a mile out before I had to stop. I really got going after I had my twins and "broke" that barrier. I could easily run 2-2.5 miles, and I love it!!! I am very excited and I have ran the 3.1 miles this Monday at about 34.5 min and today I ran 2.75 miles at about 31 min...which I am okay with but I live in MI, and I have only been able to run on the treadmill. It is going to be very cold out there on Sat, and I hope that my lungs will compromise!
I do think that adrenaline will see us through any nervousness!!!! Good luck. I will tell you how my race goes. I cant wait!!!