Post # 1
My first 5K is tomorrow. I have been really running my arse off these past few months in preparation for it. The race is at 6PM…. it’s gonna be cold! Breathing in the cold air this week has really froze my insides.
Any advice for a first timer in a 5K???
Post # 3
Have fun and stick to your planned pace! It’s very easy to get excited and run your first mile too fast. If you run your first two at a steady pace, you my find that your adrenaline and competitiveness will carry you through and allow you to run faster at the end!
I have one on Sunday but it’s going to be painful because I caught bronchitis last week and haven’t run since… oops!
Post # 4
@Miss Pez: Good luck! A trick to make breathing in the cold easier is to run with a neck gaiter or scarf over your mouth/nose. It warms and humidifies the air, making it easier to breath. Ditto PP; no matter the temption, resist the urge to take off like a speeding bullet! Larger races will have pace markers at the starting line to allow the faster people to go first; if your race has these, find your pace group and try to stick with it. Hope you have a blast!
Post # 5
I would line up toward the back, depending on your pace and how many people are there. If it’s not too crowded, I found that being near the back kept me from going out too fast in the beginning, but by mile 2 I had dodged most of the people going slower than I was and was able to just run my pace.
Most of all, have fun!
Post # 6
Have fun, let us know how it went. Looking to do my first 5k in the Spring then two more in early summer if I survive!
Post # 7
Good luck, let us know how it goes!
I didn’t do well when I did a 5k – I walked a little bit. But it’s still a fun experience!
Post # 8
Good luck!!! Youre going to do great!!!
Post # 9
Good luck! Maybe one of these days I’ll sign up for one. Haha but I’m far from that. Let us know how it goes!
Post # 10
Thanks for the replies. For my first 5K, I didnt do terribly bad, I didn’t finish last so that is a plus! Everything obviously based on time, speed, endurance, age groups, costumes for this particulair one, and what nots. I went with a group of girls that have several 5K’s under the belt, I did finish last out of us 3. Boo. And I was 27 out of 44 for my age range. A little embarrassed because I wanted to do better! BUT, it only makes me want to further my running/training to do another 5K, but even better. Even if it’s only a few minutes on each run, until I can catch up with the other girls. I want to be better!
Post # 11
@Miss Pez: Great job! Remember to slowly increase your mileage/speed (not by more than 10% each week) to avoid injury. Glad you had fun!!!