(Closed) 10K Race this weekend … HELP!

posted 7 years ago in Fitness
Post # 3
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Bee Keeper

I think you should still do it. I did a 10K right before I did a 10 mile race, and I definitely struggled. I started off way too fast and hurt my knee halfway through.

I think if you start of slower than normal and keep that pace throughout, you’ll be completely fine. so if you’re usually a 10 minute mile runner, slow it to 10:30 or 11 minute miles and you’ll save your energy to be able to run the last few miles. Also, usually the races start pretty early during the day…like 8am or 9am. You’ll be finished by 10:30 at the latest, and be on your way home. I think it’s a fantastic goal and you’ll be so proud of yourself when you’re done!

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

You can do it!  Definitely start at a slower pace than you’re used to, but you’ll be fine–the adrenaline and cheering onlookers will propel you through those last 4km.

I ran my first 10K last year and want to run more this year, though I haven’t signed up yet.  I ran last year’s just a couple weeks after my first half marathon, and I didn’t do great–I was sore and tired from two weeks ago, and had hurt my knee somehow. It was also cold and I was whiny the whole time, but it was still a blast.

It’ll also help you get some of the stress and frantic energy out of your system so you can be more productive with the wedding stuff the rest of the day and the day after, so use that as an excuse and kick butt!

Post # 5
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Newbee
  • Wedding: June 2011

You should do it! You will feel great at the end! Definitely start slow at the beginning of the race. A lot of times people get excited at the beginning and start way to fast and bonk or burn out before the race is over. You can always make up time at the end if you feel up to it.

I’ve found that a lot of running is a mental game. I always think I’m tired long before my body is actually tired. I have heard that you are physically capable of running twice as far as you think you can (never tested that, but I have run many races that I wasn’t properly trained for :p) Good luck! You can do it!

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

You can totally do this! I did 2 half marathons back to back and should have trained more than I did. It is so much mind over matter!

Anyone that can do a 5km can do a 10km and anyone that can do a 10km can do a half!

Make yourself an awesome playlist on your iPod and rock out during your run. 

Have you considered doing ten and ones (running ten minutes and walking for one) it is amazing how it mentally breaks up your run and give your muscles a moment to rest and recover. I have known many people that have had faster times in races running ten and ones than running straight through. 

The worst that can happen is that you walk parts of it, do what you can. Your FI should be proud of you regardless! Is he running the race too?

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee

i think you should do it. you might appreciate the small break from wedding details. i’m training for my first 10k too so i understand the hesitance.

just make sure you do your best not to let the adrenaline trick you into going too fast in the beginning. just go at an easy pace that you can keep up for the duration of the race. walk if you need too! because it doesn’t matter if you have to walk part of it…it just matters that you finish!

i did a 5k trail run a couple of weekends ago and it was tough but i finished and it was the greatest feeling ever.

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

Definitely do it!  Racing is so much fun, even if you’re not a regular runner.  I enjoy it for the crowds, it seems like everyone is having a great time.  Of course, I can’t help but go a little too fast in the beginning, but soon I get into my rhythm.  I try to stick near people who are the same pace to help me keep moving.  To me, running is also like meditation.  I concentrate on my breathing and my pace.  That would be a great way to get your mind off of the wedding.

Is the race on Saturday?  I wouldn’t recommend doing any major runs the day before.  Maybe just an easy 30 minute jog, but nothing too rigorous.  You don’t want to wear yourself out that your body would rather rest and repair itself.

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

…and so how did the race go??

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

i’ve run 10 5Ks 8 10Ks 4 half marathons and 2 full marathons. it took me 3 months to train for a 5k, 6 months for 10K, 1.5 years for half marathon and 2 years for full marathon.

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

@peacheslea:So sorry to hear you got sick. Congrats on going and finishing though. I signed up for a 5miler back n Feb and next thing you know it crept up on me last weekend. FI bailed (he signed up too), but I went and when I started to run my shins hurt so bad I walked the whole thing in a painful 1:26. So embarrassed. but, oh well. You get well, and after the wedding you can try again!

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

There was a 10k this past weekend.  I was going to sign up and start training months ago, but never did because I decided I hate running  ๐Ÿ™‚  One of my friend’s signed up, and a few days before the race another friend and I decided that we would do the 10k (both of my friends have ran marathons – one just ran the Boston Marathon so she is GOOD!).  I seriously haven’t ran in several months, and have stuck to spinning classes.  I jogged the first mile without having to take a break, and then jogged the next few miles with breaks (like 30 seconds – a minute), and finished about the last 4.5 miles jogging!!   We finished the 10k in a little over an hour.  So, if anyone is doubting themselves just go out there and do it!! You will be so proud of yourself!! And, you can always walk it.  Just remember…go slooooowww!

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