(Closed) My first 5K!

posted 8 years ago in Fitness
Post # 3
1129 posts
Bumble bee

Well – my first question is whether or not you have been training – or if you know how far you can run right now?

Post # 5
2083 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

Awesome!! No big advice, just don’t slack on training. It might seem super hard while you’re training sometimes but you’ll get a bunch of energy right before the race begins. It is exciting waiting at the starting line! 🙂

Post # 6
279 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

Set small goals for yourself during the race … i’m gonna make it to that tree. Next, I’m going to make it to the next water stop, etc.

Just think of the mile you’re in, not the finish line. Good luck!

Post # 7
5977 posts
Bee Keeper

Very awesome! It sounds like you’re off to a great start! You can Google Couch to 5K trainings, but it sounds like you’re already off the couch and running along!

My advice is to vary your distances and speeds. That will help with your endurance and help you to better your time. So, for example, one day, run 4 miles at a comfortable speed for yourself. The next time you run, do 2 miles, but increase your speed to as fast as you can go without having to stop and walk. Then, when you do 3 miles, you’ll notice that your speed is up a little more without being as winded. So definitely vary the speed and distances to avoid reaching plateaus!

Good luck! I’m runnin a 5k on Wednesday, and I’m looking to do it in under 30 minutes. I’m coming off of a thigh strain, so I’m just looking to finish :o)

Post # 9
5496 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2010

Pace, pace, PACE!!!  When the gun goes off, you may be tempted to start out fast because of the excitement of the race-don’t do it. I’ve run three races (2 5K’s and one 5 miler) a few years back and that’s the most important tip I have. So many people burn out at the end because they don’t pace themselves. I forced myself to do it and it worked great.

Also, stop at all water stations even if you think you don’t need too and I agree with setting the “small goals” listed above. “I’m almost to that tree, etc.”  Works great! Good luck with your training!!!

Post # 10
2006 posts
Buzzing bee

Go to a running store (NOT A SPORTING GOODS STORE!) to get your feet analyzed if you want some really good sneakers. I spent $250 on sneakers, custom insoles, and running socks but it is so worth it because the shoes feel like they were made for me! I’m also training for a half marathon so I need great shoes.

When I got my feet analyzed it consisted of a few steps. First he asked me questions about what I needed the shoes for, how long I ran and where. He measured my foot length and width. I then stood on a mat and it measured where I put the weight on my feet and turned it into a 3D image to analyze. Finally he had me run barefoot on a treadmill while a camera watched me. He then slowed the film down to watch if I over-pronated and other things.

Do you have a Road Runner near you? Even if you don’t you can go on there website and do your own foot analysis to find what type of shoe you need. Good luck!

Post # 11
5977 posts
Bee Keeper

Jenn – great advice! I forgot about the adrenaline rush when the gun goes off! Make sure you do pace yourself, otherwise, you’ll tire easily once you get towards the end…and you want to be able to give that last kick!

As for running shoes, I’ve always had good luck with Nike. It all depends on your foot though. My husband has flat feet and plantars fasciitis, so he needs a ton of arch support. He usually goes with Sauccony for his running shoes. If you have a running store near you, it’s good for them to analyze your foot if that’s possible. If not, I think runners’ world does have a foot analyzer online at http://www.runnersworld.com.

Post # 12
2634 posts
Sugar bee

Defintely go to a running store and get your foot evaluated.

I’d recommend Hal Higdon’s 5k training plan if your looking for one.  I’ve used his half marathon plans with success in the past.


Good luck and have fun!

Post # 13
561 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Have a great time!

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