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Freeking out. First 5k TOMORROW!

Friday, October 17, 2008

I've made a last minute decision to run my very first 5K tomorrow! AHHHHH!!! I'm trying to make sure I haven't forgotten anything.

I convinced myself that I could actually do this by running 4 miles (6.4k) yesterday. I'd been eyeing this 5K for a while and I finally just decided that I should do it... just because I know I can.

I'm trying to remember all of the good advice I've read online about your first 5K.

Wear your usual favorite roadtested gear
Fully charge your ipod
Have someone driving me so I don't have to carry keys
Have a light breakfast and bring extra water + snacks in the car
Bring some change of clothes
Go potty beforehand and don't drink alot in the beginning
Bring camera
Wear ID

Am I forgetting anything?!?!?!

What else do I need to pack or remember to do?

And how do I stop feeling so nervous??

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

LAB-LOVER 10/17/2008 10:43PM

    Good luck! I just ran my first 10K! You'll have a blast and we want to hear all about it!

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PUPPYWHISPERS 10/17/2008 10:28PM

    Don't forget to bring four safety pins to hold your bib on. And just have fun with it!

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me? a runner?

Tuesday, October 07, 2008

I loved my response to a question on the C25K team, that I decided to post it as a blog.

The question was: Do you LOVE running?

My answer was:
I used to HATE running. Hated how out of shape it made me feel, how slow I felt, how awkward I thought I looked.

Now I love how strong and capable it makes me feel. I love that I am doing something that I never imagined that I could ever do. I love that I push myself and feel proud of myself after every run. I love listening to my ipod and the music that I have carefully selected. I really miss it when I don't get a chance to do it.

I'm not sure if I actually love the act of running itself, but I am definitely addicted!

Who'd a thunk it? Folks, I'm a runner!

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

MARIADALE 10/8/2008 9:22AM

    I am addicted to the endorphin high! Welcome to the runner's club.

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GOODMAR 10/8/2008 7:18AM

    Yep, you're a runner. It is a true accomplishment to run in a race, even if you don't win, simply because you did what so many people are afraid to even try! SO congratulations on being a runner now!

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LAURIE160IN2013 10/7/2008 10:25PM

    Thanks for the before and after story. I need to hear that!

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WILSOCA 10/7/2008 9:13PM

    By the way, you've done great so far !! Keep up the good work !!

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WILSOCA 10/7/2008 9:12PM

    Funny !!! I was just coming to your page to say that your answer to my question was great !!! :):)
I know it's good for me and I'm really proud to have done the couch to 5 K and my first 5K. I know it's really good for me and makes me feel better once I'm done.... but I don't "love" it while I'm running. I was really hoping I would get to that point. We'll see :):)
Have a great week,

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SPARKNMOM 10/7/2008 9:04PM

    Wow, Tessa!! That's great!! I've only been going on Sundays, but I'd love more time to do it!! Way to go!!

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Ran 5K today (not a real race, just did the distance)

Wednesday, October 01, 2008

For the first time ever, I ran 5K without any major stops. A little slow down here and there to adjust the Ipod, but no real walking for anything more than 10-15 secs.

I did it in 37 min, 36 sec.

When my ipod / nike device told me congrats... I had done the 5K, I thought it originally said 47 minutes, and I was a bit disappointed but thought... ok... well.. its the first 5K I've done, I shouldn't be so hard on myself. Then I realized that it was 37 minutes and I was really pleased!

10/1/08: 3.11 mi (5.01 km) in 37'36'' with an avg pace of 12'04'' (7'30' min/km) = 38 min 5K emoticon

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

KATFRIN 10/6/2008 5:11PM

    That's great - keep on moving!

When I first started out in March last year. I couldn't run for more than 30 seconds at a time.. running is a funny thing - you need to push yourself sometimes and let things go at others. It's not always the same theres always something to think about.

Thanks for the comment on my blog - we are all on this journey together!

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SPARKNMOM 10/1/2008 10:18PM

    Wow, Tessa...you inspire me!!

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ALINUTZA 10/1/2008 7:02PM

    emoticon I just noticed yor blog and wanted to say congrats. The first 5k is a wonderful accomplishment. I did my first sometimes this Spring and I remember how good it felt, especially since I never imagined myself run such a distance before. And your time is GREAT! A 12 min/mile pace is great for a beginner. emoticon

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JNORMAN1969 10/1/2008 1:40PM

    emoticon emoticon You rock girl, keep it up emoticon

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COFFEE_KISS 10/1/2008 12:41PM

    You rock my world!!! emoticon

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SHINAKO 10/1/2008 12:04PM

    Congrats on your first full 5k!

Very good time, too!

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MARIADALE 10/1/2008 11:15AM

    That is a good time for a first run!

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Running continues and is going well

Sunday, September 28, 2008

I still marvel that I've begun to run and enjoy it. I never thought of myself as a runner, and even had the nickname of Turtle Theresa in grade school because I was such a slow runner. Today when I finished my run, (using the Nike + Ipod device) the voice of Lance Armstrong came on and congratulated me for a personal best in the speed of a mile (12 minutes). Still not speedy, but better!

If you want to check out my nike website:

I have actually begun to believe that I can do a 5k. Crazy. Cool!

9/28/08: 2.39 mi (3.84km) in 28'56'' with an avg pace of 12'06" (7'31'' min/km)

This (assuming I kept the same pace) would put me at a 38 min 5K.

Previous pace was a 44 min 5k, so I've shaved 6min off my pace! :-)

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PRAIRIEDAWNPAM 10/1/2008 12:26AM

    Congrats to you! I'll be watching your ongoing progress, Tessa. I'm thinking of trying a 5k in the spring with a friend.


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COFFEE_KISS 9/29/2008 10:34AM

    Great job! emoticon

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MARIADALE 9/28/2008 4:30PM

    I ran my 1st 5k at a 12 min. mile and I now usually average a 10 min mile. you can do it too!

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LAURIE160IN2013 9/28/2008 4:01PM

    Great to break free of old nicknames and other junk. Good for you!

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SPARKNMOM 9/28/2008 12:43PM

    How VERY cool!!! I'm such a visual gal...I should set up my account like that...altho...I've been kinda focusing on the strength training at the moment. I hope your little trip went well...so DID you go get your receiver after all : )

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5K jogging log

Friday, September 19, 2008

9/15/08: 1.76 mi (2.83km) in 24'47" with an avg pace of 14'03" (8:44 min/km) = 44 min 5K

9/19/08: 2.49 mi (4.01km) in 35'00'' with an avg pace of 14'02'' (8:43 min/km) =44 min 5K

9/28/08: 2.39 mi (3.84km) in 28'56'' with an avg pace of 12'06" (7'31'' min/km) = 38 min 5K

10/1/08: 3.11 mi (5.01 km) in 37'36'' with an avg pace of 12'04'' (7'30' min/km) = 38 min 5K

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SPARKNMOM 9/19/2008 9:03PM

    Wow!!! That's terrific!!

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    I'm so glad you are feeling better. 4K! Way to go!


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