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JCWATL SparkPoints: (43,602)
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3/15/13 4:18 P

I have jumped into a 5k unprepared before and the race atmosphere always carries me further than I thought I could go!

My advice is to take it easy for the first mile - jog - and then reassess how you feel. Maybe you feel great and can pick it up a little. Maybe you feel lousy and need to walk for a minute. Don't push to hard on the can always push harder at the end. Try to finish strong...that always makes me feel better even when I have a lousy race!

You can do it! You have a fitness base and your body will rmemeber how to run!

ZORBS13 SparkPoints: (194,221)
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3/15/13 10:40 A

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I am going to go against the grain here and say if you haven't run in 3 weeks and are a fairly new runner, that you skip this race and cheer on the fiance from the sidelines. You don't want to get injured.

MISSRUTH Posts: 4,267
3/15/13 10:30 A

I so agree with the pp's. You know, sometimes I think I am my own worst enemy-- I can always find a yardstick, by which I measure "not good enough". Not thin enough, not smart enough, not fit enough, yada yada yada.

And the truth is that on everything in life-- I'm not at the top of the heap nor at the very bottom either-- I'm somewhere in the middle between those two extremes, where just about everybody else on the face of the earth is, too.

There are going to be people at that 5K who run all the time and are out to post a personal best and maybe even win. But the majority of the people there are going to be out for the sole purpose of having some fun and getting some fitness and raising money for charity. And maybe they'll have a personal best too and maybe they don't care. I can guarantee you they are thinking about themselves and how they do, and not being critical of anyone else's performance.

I think it's fabulous that your fiance is joining you. Just go out and enjoy it-- my DH doesn't exercise and if he said he'd join me for a 5k I'd crawl the whole way, just to get him to get up and get moving.

CHEETARA79 SparkPoints: (107,240)
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3/14/13 12:38 P

Ask your fiance for support. Tell him about the trouble you're having now. Ask him to stick by your side at the 5k, even if you wind up walking. I did that when I ran the Warrior Dash. My guy was with me the whole time and it was an amazing bonding experience for us.

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3/14/13 12:36 P


Don't worry ! Go to the 5K and just enjoy yourself ! HAVE FUN !! You don't have to run the entire 5K. Lots of people do a run/walk combination. The fact is, you won't be the first person across the finish line and you won't be the last.

I've done a bunch of 5ks. When you get to the starting line, just soak up all that energy around you. No one is there to criticize your time or anything like that. 5ks are all about giving money to charity and having fun while doing it.

Trust me, you're going to do just fine. Don't beat yourself up because you haven't been training. Just enjoy the moment !! If you want to improve your time, then you can start thinking about improving your training for your next 5k.

You've got to stop fretting. Just go and have fun.

Edited by: ARCHIMEDESII at: 3/14/2013 (12:37)
BRANDINC24 Posts: 94
3/14/13 12:20 P

So me and my Finace` are doing a 5k on Saturday and I am not ready at all! I started out so good 8 weeks ago doing the 5k training plan then the weather got bad and I haven't been for a run in 3 weeks!!! I tried to go today and made it through 1 interval before making a ton of excuses in my head and walking the rest of the way home. I am so disappointed in myself and have that mentality that "I cant do this." I've done a 5k before but this is the first time I am getting my Fiance` to do it with me. I was so excited when we first signed up now I donno whats going on I normally look forward to my runs now I just want to hide out until Saturdays over. HELP!

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