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CILER11 Posts: 265
2/25/13 10:32 A

Congrats!!!! Great job. I'm running/walking my first 5K in four weeks and your story is very motivating. Thanks!!!


SIMPLELIFE2 Posts: 707
2/24/13 8:35 P

You did great! Always run your own race, advice that applies to all aspects of life. Can't wait to hear about your next event.

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2/24/13 6:53 P

youll do great. don't be so hard on yourself. stay positive and you will succeed. emoticon

MISSRUTH Posts: 4,231
2/24/13 10:36 A

Go YOU!! emoticon

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2/24/13 10:25 A

Yaaay! Good for YOU! Congrats!

RMO1408 Posts: 5
2/24/13 10:16 A

THANK YOU ALL SOOOO MUCH for your words and encouragement. They were truly the difference between me giving in to my anxiety and not enjoying it and me showing up ready to kick ass. I learned what to do and not to do for my next 5k. The first mile I did in 12 min, I was trying really hard to keep up with a random person I picked...then the heat started trying to kill me and I got dizzy so I slowed down. Finished in 40 min. Next time Im definitely going to go for slow and steady.

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2/23/13 10:44 P

Awesome! Good luck and just have fun. It is true that just because they are thinner doesn't mean they are more fit. Just worry about yourself crossing the finish line, don't give up. Cheers from a distant.

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2/22/13 10:29 P

Forgot to mention: if you're used to training w/ tunes, make sure you charge up your player and bring it w/ you.
Good luck and have a blast!

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2/22/13 3:22 P

Good luck! If you cant run all the way - you can walk. You are doing something already!

SIMPLELIFE2 Posts: 707
2/21/13 10:52 P

Chart your own course. Just because you signed up with them doesn't mean you have to stick with them. Start together and then make plans for meeting up after you've all completed the event. You've been training; they haven't. It takes a lot of aerobic capacity and hard-earned endurance to be able to complete a 5k. I bet you skinny friends are going to be in for a surprise.

Just doing the event, moving out of your comfort zone, makes you a winner. You should be feeling proud and confident. Change that stinin' thinkin' and do the best you can. Your only "competition" is yourself and the only embarrassment would be backing down from a challenge or not living up to your potential.

Can't wait to read all about it when you are done. Please check in afterward.

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2/21/13 7:16 P

You're my new motivation to actually sign up for a race. I have been doing a C25K training program and just finished week 9. I ran a whole 5k this week for the first time in years, but not for a race or event or anything, just part of the training program. I told myself before I started running that I was going to run slow and run the whole thing, and when I got done, it was the best feeling in the world. Previously, I had been dying at the end of 28 minutes, but that day I ran 37 minutes and probably could have kept going at least another half mile if not more.

Don't get too up in your head about not being able to do it. You've been working hard and I bet you'll surprise yourself and everyone else come race day! Good luck!

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2/21/13 5:28 P

Don't worry - you will do FINE!
I did my first 5K LY and I was like you: I walk/run 2.4 mi every day, but I rarely ran that whole distance. As the race approached, I was getting really nervous!

The week of my Saturday 5K, I decided to "test" myself by seeing if I could run my usual route and half another one midway during that week. I did it! I just ran slow and I was amazed at how months of training paid off.
You will be, too.

Also, when you get there, you will be excited and the adrenalin w/ carry you through. And even IF you did decide to walk parts of it (I bet you don't, though), there is absolutely no shame in that - LOT'S of people do just that. I saw very pregnant ladies at my run who signed up just to walk the course; kids, older people, etc. That was the norm. Everyone is happy and having fun and excited to be there. If it's for a cause, people are happy about supporting that. No one cares who's skinny, who's walking, etc.

Like others have said, don't go busting out like a bull in a shoot; pace yourself and I promise you, you will do just fine!

Let us know how it goes. I bet you have a blast and will be so proud of yourself for doing it! I'm proud of you!!

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2/21/13 3:12 P


Don't worry ! Just have FUN !! Run as far as you can, if you need to walk part of the way, that's okay. plenty of people will be doing walk/run combos. Believe me, you may not be the first person across the line and you won't be the last.

Just enjoy the experience. Have fun. Don't fret. Don't freak out. When you get there, you're going to find the adrenaline rush pushes you across the finish line.

Oh and some pointers, don't try to run as fast as everyone else. Run at your own pace even if that means people pass you. Many people make the mistake of running too fast at the start. pace yourself. make sure you know where the portapotties are. when a person is excited or even anxious, they tend to need to go to the bathroom. Don't wear new running shoes. wear the shoes you've been training with. If you wear new shoes, you risk getting blisters. drink plenty of water to stay hydrated. Don't eat anything weird the day before. eat a light breakfast about 90 mins before.

Mostly, just enjoy yourself. nothing to worry about.


PAG41989 SparkPoints: (2,953)
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2/21/13 2:45 P

I just did my first 5k two weeks ago and LOVED it! The last person who posted was right we are our own worst enemies. When I was in highschool and was barely 100 lbs soaking wet I could hardly run a mile during gym classes when we did track. Now I am 60 lbs heavier and I can run 3 miles! Sometimes it is all in your head and just because someone is skinny does not mean they are healthy or fit. Some people are just blessed with amazing genes that make them look that way. :)

MISSRUTH Posts: 4,231
2/21/13 2:39 P

We can be our own worst enemies, second guessing ourselves and telling ourselves no matter how much progress we've made, we're still somehow "not good enough".

I'm going to tell you what I always tell myself, and what I told my kids all the time when they were growing up. Just do the best you can. If you can honestly say at the end, that you did the best you could-- no matter what happens-- well, you just can't do any better than your best.

You've already got a 5k under your belt, and you've been training for this. Who knows, maybe all the skinny girls who haven't been working out, will go out too fast and be unable to keep up the pace. Thin does NOT equal, fit. Just concentrate on yourself, and doing the best you can.

RMO1408 Posts: 5
2/21/13 2:29 P

Last year I walked a 5k and besides sweating a lot it was pretty easy and I did good. I've been doing run/walk intervals for a couple of months and I've definitely improved. On Monday I did 2.6 miles in 38 min (run/walk intervals). I signed up for a 5k with friends from work for this Sat and now Im panicking that I wont be able to do it, or that my time will be embarrassingly slow. All the girls Im doing it with are skinny..they dont work out but just the fact that they're skinny makes me feel like they'll blow past me. I have this strong desire to show I can do it faster, that Im in better shape. I've lost 28lbs and now Im feeling crappy.

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