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Training for my first 5K

Tuesday, July 09, 2013

I just found out that in two months a 5K Race called the Escondido Sunrise Rotary's Grape Day 5K is going to go right by my house. So that got me to think that maybe it's time for me to think about trying my first 5K. So I looked online and found the course map and got out early this morning to check out the course. I left my dog at home just in case the ground was going to be too hot for her or the course too long and for her. Plus I thought it would give me a better idea of what it would really be like on race day not having a dog constantly trying to stop and sniff along the way. I started out from my house which is about half way through the course instead of at the start of the course and ended back at my house instead of at the course end, but went the whole 5K course. I couldn't run or jog it too much as where I started off was up hill with a bunch of trees lining the way. I am allergic to most trees, bushes and such, and out of shape too. So I started to wheeze right away, and my knees wasn't really liking the jarring either. So I decided for my first day of practicing it would be okay just to race walk the whole course instead of trying to run or jog it. And I found that to be very easy to do and finished back at my house in one hour. When I walk a much shorter route with my dog it can take me a whole hour to do it, so I was very happy with my time today. Plus on race day the streets will be all blocked off so I won't have to worry about traffic and stopping for cars. So I know I can at least race walk the course and finish in plenty of time, and I have two months to get myself in better shape, so that maybe I will be able to jog or run a lot of it then too. And it didn't give me any problems with my back or side today either. I finally get to see my new doctor Friday and I will make sure to get their okay before I sign up for the race, but I don't see any reason why I won't be able to do my first 5K.

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JMAHNKEN 7/10/2013 8:26PM

    thanks everyone emoticon

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NELSONCHERYL59 7/10/2013 6:54PM

    Good for u girl emoticon

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JMAHNKEN 7/10/2013 3:39PM

    My boyfriend is a homebody, so I don't even know if he will even come to watch me run/jog/walk it. I am sure he will not want to try to do it with me though. He might just walk down to the curb just before he thinks I might pass the house to see me, but who knows what he will or won't do?

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JMAHNKEN 7/10/2013 3:34PM

    Here is the info on this one and since it showed for families and casual walkers and there is two hours between the start of the 5K and the Parade, and it only took me one hour yesterday, I am sure it will be fine if the dr okays it Friday.

"The Escondido Sunrise Rotary’s Grape Day 5K is a 5K fun run for everyone from elite runners to casual walkers, so bring the whole family out for a good time! Stick around for the Grape Day Parade and Festival where each participant will receive an included drink ticket for the wine and beer garden with world famous craft beer. Each runner will also receive a cool shirt and an even cooler schwag bag.

Once upon a time (i.e. the first half of the 20th century), Escondido celebrated their grape harvest and their city with Grape Day – a day full of free grapes and grape stomping. Grape Day is back in full force, complete with the free grapes, stomping of the grapes and general festival fun CLICK HERE for more info. Be part of the celebration by registering for the 3rd Annual Grape Day 5K.

The race course through historic Escondido finishes at the Grape Day Parade starting point. Runners can cool down while taking in Grape Day Parade sights and sounds, then refuel and have fun with family and friends at the Grape Day festival. The Grape Day 5K benefits the good works, locally and internationally, of the Escondido Sunrise Rotary including polio eradication, the YMCA, Boys and Girls Club and youth leadership programs."

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GWTRIKER 7/10/2013 3:02PM

    Glad you are taking it slow. Years ago my hubby was a runner and talked me into doing a 5K. He said he would stay with me (he did not). Anyway he came back to find me and it took me so long to finish they closed down and left. That was my first and last 5K--LOL

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JMAHNKEN 7/10/2013 10:02AM

    thanks Kelly, I will check them all out

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JMAHNKEN 7/10/2013 9:56AM

    Thanks Cheryl, I will check it out too. I looked at C25K, last night, pretty interesting.

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KELLIEBEAN 7/10/2013 9:28AM

    that is so great! I heard good things about C25k app. I started with the Get Running app a couple years ago.

Good call going to the doctor too. Very important. I wish you luck. Can't wait to hear how it goes!


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BLUENOSE63 7/10/2013 6:43AM

  I am sending you the official Running Tiara....believe in the power of the tiara as you are going to be the Queen of your 5K whether you walk, run or a combination of both -- look up the Galloway method of running!

I am so proud of you and whether the doctor gives you thumbs up or down, you are a star for making the decision to conquer new heights.



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JMAHNKEN 7/10/2013 1:58AM

    Thanks Olderowl, I will check it out.

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OLDEROWL 7/9/2013 11:50PM

    Google "C25k" for a nine week program at 30 minutes, 3 days a week, to go from being a couch potato to a 5K Runner. You only got eight weeks or so, but since you already have been walking or jogging, you can probably start in week 2 of the program at worst and can more likely start with the week 3 part of the program where you jog for intervals of up to 3 minutes between the times that you are walking. I think the 8th and 9th weeks of jogging/walking have you doing the walking only to warm up and cool down. I am using this program and plan to run my own 5K with my daughter and her family. Best of luck on your goal. emoticon

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JMAHNKEN 7/9/2013 10:57PM

    Thanks everyone! emoticon

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MOTHEPRO 7/9/2013 8:36PM

    Good luck! emoticon

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TWEETYKC00 7/9/2013 6:14PM

    Wonderful! I can't wait to hear more about your 5k adventures!

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BIGPAWSUP 7/9/2013 6:12PM

    Sounds great - you are going to have a great time.

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DWSCHUYLER 7/9/2013 5:42PM

    emoticon emoticon You should be proud of yourself!

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KAYDE53 7/9/2013 5:24PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon I'm allergic to trees also!

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MARYANNB25 7/9/2013 5:17PM

    Totally emoticon . I'm sure it will be a great experience. Hope everything checks out ok with the doctor. Keep us updated.

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    Good that you are checking with your doctor first, but good for you looking into this for yourself!

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