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9/16/12 8:18 P

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I can't believe they put away the finish line! Good for you that you still finished!

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8/29/12 1:50 P

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I run with a group of friends, and in the past two years we've probably done 20+ races. I may not always be last overall, but I'm almost always the last of our group. And I look at it this way: I always have friends cheering for me at the finish line!

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Wow, you're doing amazing! You're really made a lot of progress.

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8/24/12 9:48 A

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Holy cow, a shortcut?!? On an actual race? What were they thinking? Shortcuts take away all the accomplishment!
Proud of you for finishing- you still beat all the people on the couch, and that's what counts!

St. Leo's 5k: 3/17/12 51:07
FCLEMF 5K: 4/28/12 50:45 (CORRECTING TYPO- HAD IT AS 40 INSTEAD OF 50!)
Race for the Cure 5k: 5/5/12 61:51
St. Leo's 10k: 3/16/13 1:34:44 PR for mile pace!

Goal: Run 1 mile straight! 4/24/12
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8/24/12 8:18 A

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I had my first emoticon April this year. And, way before the race day I kept telling myself I didn't want to come in dead last. Well, I was dead last, but I finished and that what matters. My sister had did the race with me and when we it the one mile mark and I heard the time; she noticed that I was upset, because I knew at that point I wasn't going to make the time I set for myself and she thought that I was going to give up at that time, but I emoticon . It was more important for me to finish then to give up. However, the second emoticon I did was at a fitness conference and I did a walk/run. And, at the last mile they said, "Anybody that want to take the short cut go this way". At the same time they were looking at me. I chose to take the full route and finish my one mile. They couldn't believe the drive that I had and was cheering me on when I finished. I have a third emoticon coming up next month. I feel this is most important to me, because it's called RACE - Race To End Childhood Obesity. I know this all to well. I plan for a strong finish.

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There's no shame in being last. The shame is in being too afraid to try.

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8/23/12 11:50 A

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Congrats on getting to the start line... really the hardest part! I have been the last 2 cross the finish line at more than one race- at first I am ashamed, but then I remember I did more than MOST people would consider doing~ What a fantastic feeling to get the first one out of the way- cheers to you and happy running!

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7/18/12 4:24 P

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PJ51798- that is kind of awesome!

St. Leo's 5k: 3/17/12 51:07
FCLEMF 5K: 4/28/12 50:45 (CORRECTING TYPO- HAD IT AS 40 INSTEAD OF 50!)
Race for the Cure 5k: 5/5/12 61:51
St. Leo's 10k: 3/16/13 1:34:44 PR for mile pace!

Goal: Run 1 mile straight! 4/24/12
Goal: Run 1 mile in 15 minutes! 8/22/12

Consistently drink 8 cups of water per day.

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7/18/12 2:16 P

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My first 5K (and only real-time one to date, although I do SP's virtual 5Ks), I came in last and my kids (who were either very proud of me or completely embarrassed) went and pestered the officials until they gave me a medal for finishing second in my age group : ) Technically, I wasn't eligible for that age cutoff for another three days after the date of the race, and there was only one finisher actually eligible in that age group -- but never underestimate the power of supportive fans : )

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7/13/12 10:56 P

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I did a 5k this teat in April. This time it was different, because I didn't do it alone, but with my sister. I started off strong then my heel spur kicked in and I end up doing more walking. But, getting to that last 1/2 mile I refused to go into that finish line walking. I dug so deep beyond that pain and start running until I crossed the finish line. The one thing I didn't want was to finish last. About 2 weeks later I went on the site to see the official time and sure enough I was last on the list. However, I completed the race and it was the best feeling every. So, give yourself a high five.

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5/23/12 9:48 A

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You should be sooo proud that you have completed the run! Who cares that they didn't wait for you, that's their loss. We are all celebrating for you here!! emoticon
I am so nervous to do my first 5K, I can just imagine how you felt.

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5/16/12 12:41 P

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And just because it's been a while since I had posted on here- I love you guys!

St. Leo's 5k: 3/17/12 51:07
FCLEMF 5K: 4/28/12 50:45 (CORRECTING TYPO- HAD IT AS 40 INSTEAD OF 50!)
Race for the Cure 5k: 5/5/12 61:51
St. Leo's 10k: 3/16/13 1:34:44 PR for mile pace!

Goal: Run 1 mile straight! 4/24/12
Goal: Run 1 mile in 15 minutes! 8/22/12

Consistently drink 8 cups of water per day.

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5/16/12 12:37 P

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That's a great point about the fun run / walk! I have noticed that the two most enjoyable ones (IE, NOT the one I created this topic about...) were much more casual. For St. Leo's, it was a charity for a private elementary school. They had a fun run for the kids immediately before, so the atmosphere was much more social than competitive. Of course, Race for the Cure was a madhouse since there were 6,000 participants including tons of people walking. That one was very motivating because even though my time was horrible, there were literally hundreds of people coming in after me emoticon

St. Leo's 5k: 3/17/12 51:07
FCLEMF 5K: 4/28/12 50:45 (CORRECTING TYPO- HAD IT AS 40 INSTEAD OF 50!)
Race for the Cure 5k: 5/5/12 61:51
St. Leo's 10k: 3/16/13 1:34:44 PR for mile pace!

Goal: Run 1 mile straight! 4/24/12
Goal: Run 1 mile in 15 minutes! 8/22/12

Consistently drink 8 cups of water per day.

120 minutes of exercise per week.


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5/16/12 12:22 P

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Another thing to consider is entering a 5k that's a "fun run". Some 5k's are actually competitive. The fun run ones that advertise run/walk generally stick around for a full hour (or close to it) so there are people at the finish line to cheer you on.

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5/16/12 12:00 P

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I relate! My first 5K was put on by a group of Kenyan runners. It was a great cause - they were raising money to send cows to africa. But those fellows were fast! By the time I was close to completing my first mile, I notice that many of the runners were running towards me on the trail. They had already finished the race and were "leisurely" running back to the finish line to "cool down". They did keep the finish line up for me, but everyone was gone and I had to wait for nearly an hour for the shuttle man to come back to pick me up and drive me back to my car. I was proud to finish, but my joy was somewhat dimmed by the 'loser' feeling of coming in so far behind the others. I agree that a bigger race works better to build morale because you have a lesser chance of finishing at the bottom. I started at the back of a recent 5K just to have the sheer joy of passing a couple of people. Yes. One of them had to be 90, but I passed her. woohoo.

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5/15/12 1:49 P

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I'm sure this will happen to me at some point. I think I finished in the bottom 5 or 10 men in the 5k I ran this past weekend - my second one. Like others, I also "run" at more of a jog.

Two things you can do to head-fake yourself into focusing on the run itself:

1a) Start towards the front of the pack or the middle.
1b) Don't look back, look to where you're going - forward!

2) Time your runs - both your races and your training runs. Log them here on SparkPeople. I've been doing it and each time I go out, it's a race against myself. You'll find you're motivated each and every time out to do better. Sometimes the course will be more challenging, and sometimes your times will increase instead of decrease, but from race to race, making improvements really helps you focus on YOU and not everyone else.

In the 5k I just ran, the course threw me a bit - I had a great pace the first half, and then there was a steep hill at the halfway point, and most of the last 1/3 of the course was all uphill. I could have gotten down on myself as people passed me, but I just kept focusing on my goal time, and just improving on my previous time. Most importantly though, I didn't look back...I ran MY race. Find other goals to focus on and finishing last won't matter.

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5/2/12 10:20 P

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There will always be the first one, and the last one, over the finish line. Learn to be proud of what you've accomplished!

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5/2/12 12:21 P

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But stories like this one is why my confidence is a much bigger hurdle for me, than physical ability. I am doing a fairly small 10K Saturday for the first time. All along I have been saying I don't care if I finish last, as long as I finish...but I really don't want to be last :-( and I really don't want to be so far that the rest of the people "give up" on me and move on. I have been training, but I'm not a fast runner...it's more of a jog, as my fitness tracker keeps reminding me. I would hope runners don't have experiences like this that may discourage them from future races, but I really appreciate you sharing your story, so the rest of us know that we are not alone. Keep runnin', Sparkies!

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AliciaLynne - you finished, and that's really all that matters!

Goofy routes, goofy volunteers, stuff happens!
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4/30/12 7:16 P

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I'm with everyone else in congratulating you for even signing up, and then for finishing. You have everything to be proud of!

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4/30/12 3:48 P

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And THIS is why I love this board, and Spark People!
You all have made my day! I feel much better now emoticon
You're right- better to be last than give up.

One correction- this was my third 5k (second one in several years...) but it was the first time I RAN the whole thing instead of taking walking breaks!

St. Leo's 5k: 3/17/12 51:07
FCLEMF 5K: 4/28/12 50:45 (CORRECTING TYPO- HAD IT AS 40 INSTEAD OF 50!)
Race for the Cure 5k: 5/5/12 61:51
St. Leo's 10k: 3/16/13 1:34:44 PR for mile pace!

Goal: Run 1 mile straight! 4/24/12
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Consistently drink 8 cups of water per day.

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First of all - CONGRATULATIONS! I routinely take longer that 50 minutes to complete a 5k, so had I been your race, I would have been behind you!

I once signed up for a half marathon without considering that I live at seas level, and the race was at 5000'. Very shortly after starting, I knew I was in trouble, and I ended up finishing over an HOUR behind the next to last person. But I finished, and that's the important part.

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Woo hooo! You did awesome !!!

Don't ever forget that :o)

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Here's a quote I live by:

Dead Last Finish is greater than Did Not Finish, which trumps Did Not Start.


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I've been the last one twice in races. One was a 10k that I thought I was ready to do a couple of years ago and found out I was no where ready. I expected more people and there were only about 30 or so in the 10 k. I should have done the 5k. I was about 10 minutes behind the last one at least. They were still timing but a couple of minutes after I finished they started giving out the awards. When they got to my age group for female they said they didn't have anyone in that category because although they got my timing chip they had already printed the results for the awards before getting mine. I spoke up and said I was in that age group. I got a first place award for being the only female in the 55-59 age group. At first I felt awful about it and didn't even know why I even brought it up when they were giving the awards. I got a medal but was going to put it away in the back of my closet. But after about half an hour I started really thinking about it and decided I should be proud of it because I knew the effort it took me to get out and do it. It didn't matter about the medal but it mattered that I finished because so many times on the course when I had lost site of them I wanted to just quit and sneak away. But I didn't. The other time I was dead last was in a 5k with about 100 people in it. But again I knew that it was not easy for me to do it and was proud of the fact that I was even out there instead of on the couch stuffing myself like I used to be. My favorite saying, and I keep saying I'm going to get me a t-shirt made to wear to races, is by C. Boyd Hunter which is "Last is just the slowest winner".
So be proud of what you've done and that you did it. A lot of us have been there. But someone will always be last. Next time it will be someone else. Just rejoice in how far you've come!

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4/30/12 10:51 A

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First - congrats on your first 5K, that is awesome!
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And yep, I've been the last to finish as well. Everyone except the staff/people putting on the race had left. That was alright though, as it was my first 10K ever and I was simply proud of myself for finishing!

There's always going to be the first person to finish, and the last person. Even if you cross the finish line last you've STILL beaten all the other people still in bed or still on the couch!

You're a winner!
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I've been at the end too; all that ever matters to me is that I finish what I've started!

emoticon on finishing what you started! (And with a good finish time too!)

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I am so glad I found this group because I think there might be someone here who can empathize with this one...
This past weekend I ran a charity 5K for the local law enforcement memorial fund. I knew I was in trouble the moment I got there; it looked like most of the 60 or so participants were trim police officers. I'm used to the bigger races!
Sure enough, about two minutes into the race, I was trailing everyone else. I told one of the cops that was doing crossing guard duty to go ahead and let traffic go through; I'd take the sidewalk. I regretted that later when I ran out of sidewalk for a few blocks and the cop on the motorcycle behind me disappeared; cars were zooming right by me. To add insult to injury, the cop on the motorcycle didn't really know the course. He thought we would just follow everyone else, but I was trailing so badly that we couldn't keep the other participants in view. At one point he had to radio dispatch so they could tell us where to turn.
When I finally got to the finish line, they had already taken down the finish line. That's right, they didn't wait for me before taking down the finish line. The clock was still up, so I saw my time. 50:45 really isn't that long, but I guess everyone finished WAY ahead of me.
People were really nice when we were waiting around for the door prizes and such. One woman came up to me to tell me how great it was that I ran the whole thing. I really just felt awful though. Well, great for running an entire 5k for the first time... but awful for being the very last finisher.
Anyone else been there?

St. Leo's 5k: 3/17/12 51:07
FCLEMF 5K: 4/28/12 50:45 (CORRECTING TYPO- HAD IT AS 40 INSTEAD OF 50!)
Race for the Cure 5k: 5/5/12 61:51
St. Leo's 10k: 3/16/13 1:34:44 PR for mile pace!

Goal: Run 1 mile straight! 4/24/12
Goal: Run 1 mile in 15 minutes! 8/22/12

Consistently drink 8 cups of water per day.

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