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3 Things to remember for future 5ks

Thursday, July 31, 2014

So I did my first 5K yesterday. It was an awesome feeling to complete a goal and it be on time. But with that experience came a few lessons that I need to put out there.

1.) emoticon Don't skip preparing for any of it. Fail to plan, Plan to Fail. I know I could have sunk that goal of under an hour if I would have worked harder. It was completely do able. But I didn't do all my training, stretching and work that I needed to put in to get there. If I want to move forward and do more racing activities I need to get serious and have a competitors mindset. As a friend pointed out to me I am an athlete and to be a better athlete I need to train right. Discipline is good for me. It gives me structure and adds to my confidence and self-esteem. Practice makes more perfect.

2.) emoticon No pain no gain. I kind of injured myself yesterday. See I didn't realize that walking in the rain would cause chaffing on my thighs. It wasn't until I changed after my race that I realized I was going to be in some pain for a few days. It also means I might not get to walk today and that is no bueno. From what I have read you are supposed to walk/run at least a little bit the day after a race to help your muscles. Because I walked maybe it won't hurt me but in the future it will when I get better at running. Also tip to remember I have bigger thighs then I would like so I need to put baby powder, a sports product made for preventing that or coconut oil on to prevent the chaffing. It stings so much and I think my thighs are swollen if you can believe that. I am completely embarrassed that one thing overlooked now has me walking around like I am saddle sore emoticon . It looks funny I'm sure. Definitely a lesson learned.

3.) emoticon Diet and proper sleep is very important. I was so wasted from pushing myself yesterday and probably not being fueled correctly that I crashed out and slept a lot yesterday. I need to make sure I sleep well the day before and find out how to fuel myself before a race. I know I need to carb up but I need to figure out what carbs and how much I should eat.
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    Yay emoticon on first 5K that is an epic accomplishment in itself!!

    Ouch on the chaffing that sounds very traumatizing. Even though it sounds messed up it's cool it at least happened so you can prevent it in the future. I'll have to take note of that as well because I want to be sure not to have to walk around like a zombie emoticon too.

    Now that you have the first one down you can work on obliterating your time on the next go around which will be fun. You are emoticon for analyzing your first go around and seeing the extra potential that is there. It makes me excited to start doing 5K's.

    You ROCK!,
    Nicki emoticon
    1331 days ago
    emoticon Congratulations on running your first 5K. They will get easier!
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    1331 days ago
    I am so proud of you! You did an awesome job yesterday and I know that your going to rock out your next one too and make your time goal! Ouch on the chaffing, that sounds painful. Take care of yourself. I hope it gets better soon.
    You are doing so great and are such an inspiration to me! emoticon emoticon
    1331 days ago
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