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

posted 7 years ago in Fitness
Post # 32
332 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

@LoggerHead91207:  I am a runner bee and my degree is in kinesiology. It’s always hard for me to relate to people who can’t run a mile, when I love running 10! On the other hand, I CAN relate because my limit for a race is a half marathon and I always ponder how I’ll EVER be able to do a full marathon. Just doesn’t seem possible. It’s a cheesy saying, but anything is possible if you just put your mind to it.

I know that everyone will tell you intervals are the best thing for you (and they truly are), but for me, I’ve always found that running a consistent pace makes running the most pleasurable for me because I can get in a comfortable pace and just zone out and enjoy it!!! And I used to prefer running on the treadmill, too, for the same reasons as you until I tried running outdoors and found that it is so much more peaceful. Now I find that running on the treadmill is boring and takes forever. But running outside definitely isn’t for everyone, especially if you get bored easily and need entertainment while you are running like TV.

As far as only being able to run less than a mile outside, you just need to SLOWLY build up your endurance and you will get there! Too many times people try to get into running and rush increasing their mileage and then get discouraged and quit because of injuries or just feeling burnt out. If you are only comfortable running half a mile, then do that! Evntually you will notice that you feel good enough to run more. Listen to your body!

Best advice I can offer is to make running a habit. I once heard that it takes like 15 or so times to make something a habit. So run! Run everyday and don’t even think about how much you are dreading it. Do it like you have no choice (as if it’s like brushing your teeth or something you HAVE to do). After a couple of weeks of making it a habit you will find that it will be hard to do without it and it will come more naturally.

Post # 35
2854 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

@LoggerHead91207: I actually just did a 5k on Sunday. It ended at the finish line to the Boston Marathon, there were thousands of people, and it was really amazing. It was totally an adrenaline rush. What normally takes me about 34 minutes to run only took me 30 minutes. When you’re in a race environment you’ll be surprised at how fast you can go!

Techincally this was my second 5k, but my first 5k was last June, and I didn’t do much running after it. I started training for this 5k in February. I used this couch to 5k program, and I highly recommend it:


It takes nine weeks to get you running 30 minutes. I did the walk at 4mph and run at 6 mph, which means it will take a little over 30 minutes to get to 3.1 miles. I actually started running outside at Week 6 (decided to just start running for 2 miles straight instead of breaking it up) and haven’t been back to the treadmill since–that was 5 weeks ago. Running outside is way better in my opinion, and it gives you a more realistic idea of what you can run. You’ll encounter hills, wind resistence, running around other people, etc.

I’m doing another 5k on May 12th, on my way to training for a 10k in June. I’m totally not a runner, so if I can do it, you can too!

Post # 36
1150 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2015

@LoggerHead91207:  I’m not a runner at all, I always use a cross trainer or do short distance but long endurance running kills me! I’m about to start training for a 10km run that takes place in 6 months. I’ve got lots of advice from marathon runners etc who have all said that is plenty of time.

I’ll be training 3-4 times a week and building the running part of my exercise slowly – alternating between power walking and running and gradually increasing the length of time I run. There are a lot of good websites like LiveStrong that provide a training guide for beginners if you hop on google and have a search 🙂 Good luck!

Post # 37
29 posts

my advice is to run EVERY SINGLE DAY. My friend convinced me to do a 5k with me a few months back, here’s how it went:


Day 1: I hadn’t run in YEARS. I was at ihop at my friend at 2 am and she convinces me to do this 5k so i say ok

Day 2-26: Run six days a week, the first week building up to one mile, the second week building up to 2 miles, the third week building up to 3 miles. Some days, I’d only do a mile, but at least it’s SOMETHING. O, and from the start I’d always do 3 miles total, but it wold just be like run .75 miles, then walk 2.25. I just made it add up to 3 miles total whenever I did it so I knew I’d atleast be able to finish


Day 27: The race day, and I did it in under 28 minutes! YOU CAN DO IT! My favorite saying “IT’S NOT YOUR LEGS GIVING OUT, IT’S YOUR HEAD GIVING UP” literally, your body is designed to be able to run, so you CAN do it even if it’s the worst feeling in the world because I promise you some days it will be, and you’ll want to die, but just DO IT because the feeling of empowerment from doing a 5k after only 27 days of training ever was the best feeling in my life. hands down. 

Post # 38
1105 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I did a similar thing when I ran a 10k… I didn’t have any ‘training plan’ I just ran and I ran lots. And because I ran lots I slowly built up more endurance. 


Truth be told on the day of the 10k I had only ever run 7km at a time LOL… the 10k was a killer but I just made myself run, I would not let myself stop even though I wanted to die, and when I saw the finish line 200m away I sped up and killed it 🙂

Post # 39
456 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

you should also try cross training as well.. any training that helps you build up cardio endurance or muscle strength will help you with your running.  back when I ran my first 5K, I didn’t do any running training beforehand.  at the time, I was training 6 days a week with different classes (spinning, circuit training, boxing, etc) and doing some weight lifting but the only running I did was when we warmed up for boxing class.   

also, I know a lot of running stores and races have some group training runs that they promote so you might want to look into checking something like that out.  I hate running by myself but when I’m with a group, it’s actually tolerable.  🙂

word of warning though, I started out HATING running and now I’m signed up to run my 2nd marathon on sunday.  it’s a bit addictive. 

Post # 40
332 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

@LoggerHead91207 oh yea, no need to run every day, but make it a set routine that you have to run on certain days so that it becomes a habit. 

The breathing through the nose thing is funny! Glad you found out you don’t have to do that! Haha!!! 

Post # 41
1150 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

I will echo the other bees who say pick a training plan. Trust me, it is so much easier to make yourself get out there if you can just look at the calendar and say, “Ok, I have to do x miles today.” If you’re just winging it, it’s pretty easy to go down the path of, “Oh, it looks like it might rain, I’ll just run tomorrow”.

Regarding the treadmill, I personally find it MUCH harder than running outside. Something about the treadmill changes my stride or cadence and exhausts me. However, I am very good with pacing because I have been running for a long time. It sounds like you might need some practice with your pace, so I would suggest you use a device that will give you real-time pace feedback. Do you have an iPhone or an iPod Nano? If so, you can use the Nike+ app (I believe there are similar apps for Android, like MapMyRun). I would caution you against training too much on the treadmill because it will be helpful to learn some pacing. Also, for me the gorgeous spring weather is a huge motivator- I spend all day at work looking forward to going out in the sunshine. If I was running on the treadmill yesterday there’s no way I would have run the 7 miles that I did outside!

You absolutely will reach a point where it becomes easier. It sucks getting there, but believe me it will happen.

Remember, all humans were born to run! We have some amazing evolutionary adaptations that make us extraordinary distance runners. This book is a great read and explains all about it.

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