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8/2/09 9:10 P

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Vox, I ran my first race today. I agree with what everyone said about starting out slowly and then picking up the pace in the last part of the race if you're up for it. It is such a great feeling to be part of something like this- you will love it!

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7/23/09 11:38 P

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Vox,

Know that you have done the homework, all's you have to do is take the final exam. Being nervous actually helps. You will do AMAZING!

HAPPY SPARK RUNNING!
Nancy

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7/23/09 11:35 P

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Thanks everyone! I will remember to run at my own pace! Also thanks for the great links. I'm nervous, but I bet it will be fun!

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7/22/09 5:32 P

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Crossing the finish line is such a great feeling! Everyone is right about taking it slow. I ran my first 5k last month and there were so many people passing me. About half way through I saw some of them huffing and puffing and I ended up passing them going at my own steady pace.

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7/22/09 4:45 P

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I think of the races as the reward for all the training. You get to enjoy the company of others who enjoy running, so ENJOY!
Run your pace, don't be afraid to walk if you need to and enjoy the experience.
Also, I don't think the day of a race is the time to try ANYTHING new or different. Stay with what got you there!
Have fun and let us know.

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and I must follow if I can.


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7/22/09 4:41 P

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Below is a link to a blog I wrote last year for SparkPeople that may help!

Best of luck!

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Nancy

www.dailyspark.com/blog.asp?post=hel
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7/22/09 4:05 P

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Go slow and follow a plan. During the race, don't get caught up with others race and speed. Plan your race and race your plan. Biggest thing is ENJOY the experience.

Mary
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7/22/09 4:01 P

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Welcome

C25K is an awesome program.... www.coolrunning.com/engine/2/2_3/181
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I also found out I have exercise induced asthma...my inhaler is my friend...

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7/22/09 3:10 P

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Hi,

Couch to 5k is a great program to get started

Here is a great article about pre-race
tinyurl.com/nmmvdb

I would just say that the most important things are to relax, not eat differently the morning or night before, and run your own race (it is easy to go too fast in the excitement)

best of luck!

This above all: to thine ownself be true.
Lord Polonius. Act 1 scene 3. Hamlet


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7/22/09 3:09 P

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Always run slower than you think you should for training.
And start your race slow too...you can always sprint at the end if you have more to give, but if you start out too fast you may find yourself on the sidelines before the finish!

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7/22/09 2:45 P

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Hey everyone, just wanted to introduce myself and ask a question.

I am new to Spark People even though I signed up last summer. My co-worker recommended it and although I wasn't ready when I first signed up, I am really enjoying it now. I am a teacher so I have summers off and I have been feeling unhealthy lately both physically and mentally, so I made a promise to myself this summer to end bad habits and start new ones! As part of my 'change of habits' plan, I decided to train for a 5K. I've ran in the past but never seriously or very well. In fact, running helped me to find out that I have a slight bit of asthma! So with medication, running has been a lot more doable for me.

So...here's my question. I am training for my first 5K and wondering if there is any advice you could give me about training or running the race. Perhaps something you wish you knew before/during running your first race?

Thanks!

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