(Closed) First 5K on Sunday … advice?

posted 11 years ago in Fitness
Post # 3
1428 posts
Bumble bee

Wow Humarock – that’s awesome! Since I don’t run (unless I’m being chased) I don’t have any good advice to offer but Good luck!

Post # 4
86 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

Running a 5k and wedding planning? Nice work!  


1.  Drink plenty of water on Saturday.

2.  Carb load on Saturday night- normal size pasta dinner.

3.  This may just be placebo but I love the Luna Moon energy chews- I swear they give me a boost. (Take a couple before you race on Sunday)

 4.  Plenty of sleep.

5.  On race day, just pace yourself and focus on your breathing to get into the right rhythm.

Here’s something to remember with any race you do- as long as you can run HALF of the length of the race then you will be more than fine… the adrenaline of the crowd will keep you going.


Good luck and have fun!


Post # 5
34 posts
  • Wedding: June 2009

Congrats and good luck! You’ll have fun. Krista had a lot of good advice, but I wanted to mention don’t eat any crazy unusual foods a few days leading up to your event. Stick with what you know, good old fashioned food and not some crazy new variety of sushi.

Post # 6
139 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2020

major props to you!!

don’t start cold! make sure you do a light 15 min or so jog beforehand so you’re loosened up and your muscles are warm. try to regulate your breathing if you start to get side stitches.  chug something with electrolytes afterwards to replace all the ones you lost running. keep your hands unclenched and relaxed and this will help you keep your arms and shoulders relaxed.  stretch before and after!

and lastly, i recommend replacing all your burned calories with significant, if not obscene amounts of ice cream.

have fun and good luck, HumarockBride!! 

Post # 8
209 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

Yay, good luck!

My main advice is be consistent with what you have done before long runs during your training.  Wear your usual running clothes/socks/sneakers.  Have you always eaten pizza the night before and a banana the morning of a long run? Stick with that.  Just stay away from soda/booze the day and night before (To be fair, I’ve run some of my best times having a beer or Kir Royale with dinner the night before, haha). 

It will be over before you know it, so relax, smile, enjoy every moment of the race.  Give little kids standing on teh side of the road high fives.  Say thank you to the race volunteers who hand you water during the race and bagels afterwards.  And congratulate yourself on a job well done!!

Okay, one more thing, and this goes back to the smiling:  they often have race photographers taking pictures during the race.  If you happen to notice one, smile and wave your hands around.  You will get a kick out of seeing the picture later on, and you will be happier forwarding the link to friends ๐Ÿ™‚ 

Post # 9
1276 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

I would also add making sure to drink gatorade or some other electrolyte filled fluid along the way.  You’d be amazed at how much you sweat out (especially if it’s cooler and it evaproates faster into the dry air).  Water is important, but often its the lost sugar and electrolytes that can lead to feeling a bit woozy…watered down gatorade works for me everytime I feel that way.

Post # 11
196 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

If you’ve been running 3 miles you only have .2 to go with a 5K!  This will be easy peasy for you!  Good luck!  And I agree with what everyone else has said – I dont’ drink too much water before races b/c then I have to use the restroom!  But make sure to stretch after and drink plenty of water!!

Post # 12
9 posts
  • Wedding: March 2010

I just did a half marathon on Sunday! ๐Ÿ™‚  Here are my tips:

 Make sure to SLOW DOWN on race day.  You’ll be super excited and you’ll want to go faster than usual.  I use music to keep my pace (Rompe by Daddy Yankee is my perfect pace). 

 You’ll start slowing down at the end so do things that will keep your spirits up.  I run to the sides where the spectators are and ask for high fives.  It will make you feel great (like a superstar). 

 Hydrate the day before.  I usually carry a bottle of gatorade with me all day and just keep drinking on it.

Post # 14
1428 posts
Bumble bee

Woo Hoooo!!!!! Way to go Humarock!!!!

Post # 15
1356 posts
Bumble bee

Congrats Humarock!!!

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