(Closed) First 5K – What on Earth am I thinking?!

posted 5 years ago in Fitness
Post # 3
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I signed up for my first 5k (well two of them!) in May!!! I’m not a runner, definitely a hard core swimmer. But I now run 3 miles outside all the time now. I did the couch to 5k, even though the first several weeks were easy. I just made the speeds fast early on. When I run on the treadmill I also make sure it has a very slight incline. Also when running try to run slower. Other than that, make sure you have a good breathing pattern and good music if that’s what gets you going!

PS to get me motivated, I got my cousin to sign up for the 5ks as well. We text eachother every time we workout. It really helps b/c there have been days I didn’t want to go and then I’d get a text from her and I’d end up going anyway.

Post # 4
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2013

I don’t really have any tips but thought I’d offer you some encouragement. I did my first 5K back in February (it was like 25 degress that day! Ughh) and my “training” consisted of running 3 miles on a treadmill maybe 3 times a week for 3 weeks. Now when I say “running 3 miles” I really mean swift walk for 10 minutes, run 10 minutes, swift walk 10 minutes, run 10 minutes, 5 minute cool down. Lol. I never ran 3 miles straight before my 5K. Well, on the day of my 5K I ran (ok, let’s be real, I jogged)almost all of it. I walked for maybe about 3-4 minutes after the half way mark. But I also had 2 friends doing it with me and one stayed with me the whole time and the other was slightly behind us and was screaming at us when we started walking…needless to say we didn’t walk very long haha. Anyways, just go at a slow pace if you need to. This is your first 5K so there’s no need to try and go balls to the wall. Try to keep your breathing rhythmic and paced. Besides, you have until the fall so I’m sure you’ll be much better at running if you just make sure to keep it up 🙂

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

Commenting because I want to follow!  I’m running my first 5K in May and wondering if I’ll be ready in time!  it doesn’t help that everyone I’ve talked to says that the course (trails through the woods) is one of the hardest 5K’s they’ve done…

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2012

I’m right there with you. I just signed up for a 5k happening in November. I am far from being a runner! I have always said “I want to do that” but never had the drive/motivation/whatever, and I just said what the heck and signed up for it.

I’ve been debating getting a treadmill for the house, but I’ll probably stick to outside running. Looking forward to hearing some tips as well!

Post # 7
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2013

@LoggerHead91207:  What pace are you setting for yourself on the treadmill?  I have found that I run a LOT faster outside than on the treadmill.  Try to pace yourself.   Do you have a three mile route mapped out that you can follow?  Do it every day, even if you just walk most of it.

Post # 9
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA

Nice!  You’ll do great.  My advice would be in general, and especially on race day, don’t get too excited and start off really quickly.  Go nice and slow the first half mile or so, to get warmed up and into the swing of things.  Then pick up the pace a bit for the remainder.

Post # 11
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2013

@LoggerHead91207:  I am 5’2″ with short legs, and 4.5 on the treadmill is a fast walk for me.  You’re giving yourself an unrealistic idea of what you can run by putting the treadmill pace so low.  You need to do intervals instead.  Set the treadmill to one minute of running at 6mph, then one minute of walking at 4mph.  Do that until you’ve gotten to 3.2 miles.  

Post # 12
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I agree. You need to increase the speed on the treadmill a bit and add more rest, and then slowly increase the time you’re running and decrease the time you’re walking. Again really really suggest the couch to 5k.

http://www.coolrunning.com/engine/2/2_3/181.shtml

Also, I run faster on the trails than I do on th treadmill. I have no clue why, but I do.

Post # 13
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

I second the Couch to 5K idea!! You may be able to jump in a few weeks in since you can already run 2 miles. You can absolutely do a walk/run routine as well if you’re having trouble with endurance. You can run 5 minutes, walk 1 (or run 10, walk 1, whatever you need!) and you’ll be able to make it further. Plenty of people will walk the entire 5K, so don’t worry about being the last one done or anything! Definitely get practice running outside, which I think is much easier than running on the treadmill (dreadmill as I call it). Good luck!!

Post # 14
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

5Ks are so fun and the best way to get into them is to just run one!  I absolutely love the rush I get from the race and it’s so quick that you really don’t need to train for it. 

If you do want to train, the best way to get experience it to do interval running.  Additionally, get outside and run a bit on flat and hills.

Most importantly: enjoy yourself!  It’s really a big party!

Post # 15
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

@LoggerHead91207:  I did my first 5k around 11 or 12 with my dad, who was an avid athlete and tried (unsuccessfully) to forge in me the same love of sports.  My best advice is to just have fun!  Don’t worry about what everyone else around you is doing, just set yourself a comfortable pace.  Make your goal to be just to finish with minimal walking 🙂

Post # 16
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

I also recommend Couch to 5K for training.  However, a 5K is pretty easy for casual runners to finish.  It’s once you bump up to the 10Ks that it really gets difficult because you absolutely have to train to avoid injuries.  I got tendonitis from my first 10K because I didn’t adequately train enough beforehand.  It took two weeks to heal!

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