I saw that you're a member of the Boulder County team so I thought I'd stop by and say hey! I'm the team leader, so let me know if you'd like to see anything changed on the page. I'm trying to get members to be more active in the discussion forums, make sure you check em out sometime!
How is everything going with you? Hope you're doing well, let me know if you need anything! Good luck, you can do it!
If at all possible, consider doing one of the DisneyWorld 5ks. It is flat ground and a forgiving pace. Disney staff, and other participants constantly cheer you on, even if you are walking! I have done 4 of these and am finally jogging through most of the 3.2 miles.
If you think you will ever do one there just let me know and maybe we can meet. It will give me another reason to make a trip to Florida.
My first 5K was tough, I did have to do a little bit of walking to catch my breath, but I completed it. That was a wonderful feeling!
The first thing that got me was that the course I was running had a lot of hills, and that started from the very beginning of the run. I had only trained on a flat course outside of the local recreation center. In no way was I ready for those inclines! That's why I had to take some walking breaks to catch my breath. For future runs, it would be better to practice running up inclines.
Also, I was used to running on a dirt/gravel path and my first 5K course was on pavement. It really has a different impact on the body. I think running the path is easier than running on pavement.
I'm signed-up to do a virtual 5K and am doing the Rookie 5K Your Way program. Basically, I'm starting all over since I didn't do much running over the winter due to the cold. Anyway, I'm doing my training on pavement this time and am finding it harder. It may also be because I'm starting my training all over again, but I really believe that a big part of the difficulty is getting used to the impact of the pavement.
I guess the last thing I would suggest focusing on would be your breathing. That's one of my weak points. I know that there are techniques out there you can use to help you control your breathing. It might be helpful to check some of them out. I try silently repeating one of two prayers over and over in my head. When I get a good rhthym between the prayer and my feet, it helps me control my breathing a little better. I must admit, though, that I do still have some trouble in that area. So, you may want to get pointers from someone better in that area.
The most important thing to remember is to relax as best as you can and try to enjoy yourself. Don't be down on yourself if you have to take some walking breaks. Just focus on enjoying the adventure and making it to the finish line. 2009 days ago