Tromie, you did great:) It takes courage to get out there and do something new. You probably didn't learn to read in a short period of time, it takes time and practice to accomplish stuff. YOU DID IT!!! Celebrate your success. I can tell you that coming in last does NOT hurt either. I finished faster than the 600 people in the race that did not finish and I finished faster than those who did not try.
Keep up the great work:)
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Fitness Minutes: (112,042) Posts: 46,222 7/31/12 2:54 P
I say GO FOR IT this fall. You have plenty of time to train, even if you take a few days off to recover from your race. Fall is the ideal time for racing and you should be able to find quite a number of races to choose from. Just remember our finishing time does not define who we are as a runner. I believe it's going out there and doing the hard work that does. YOU CAN DO THIS!
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Fitness Minutes: (67,315) Posts: 152 7/31/12 2:51 P
THANK YOU!!! My friend with me (who ran MUCH faster than I did) tried to encourage me and tell me to be proud of finishing, but I guess I'm just competitive and wanted a better time.
I DO feel better, and this is the longest I've ever exercised in one stretch, which is huge. I would have given up on Saturday but I didn't want to break my streak. ;) So I got up and went out again on Monday. Tomorrow I'll go do it again. I want to be good at this because I've wanted it for so long and I just want it to happen THIS YEAR.
2012 Races: 5K - 7/28/12 (my first!)
Running milage to date: 2012: 105.03
October Minutes: 1,960
Fitness Minutes: (67,315) Posts: 152 7/31/12 2:47 P
Nancy - THANK YOU! I was so discouraged on Saturday that it took away from the joy I expected crossing the finish line. I'm glad to know that it takes a year to get a good foundation. I'm tempted to run another race this fall, just to see if I could beat the time I did get. Do you think that's a good idea, or should I just train through the winter and try again in the spring?
You should be so proud of finishing your first 5k, regardless of the time! That is a feat in itself, something you wouldn't be able to do without all of the hard work and training you've been doing. My first 5k seemed like it would never end. When I finally finished, I told myself that was going to be my slowest 5k and it was! I continued to train and had more of a fire to beat that time, even if it was only by one second. I have no doubt you will do the very same thing.
While focusing on your time and wanting to improve it is great, don't also forget to pat yourself on the back for all you've done to be able to finish your first 5k. Do you feel better, physically, emotionally, mentally? Are you more confident? You should be!!
If it were easy, everyone would do it. But it isn't easy and that's what sets you apart from the rest! Don't sell yourself short and keep on pushing yourself!!!!
Becky ~Loving Life in the Mountains~
"Every great success is ultimately the triumph of persistence" -Ralph Waldo Emerson
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Fitness Minutes: (112,042) Posts: 46,222 7/31/12 2:44 P
It can take up to a solid consistent year of running to build the muscles, bones and connective tissue to run so patience is key to becoming a faster, more efficient runner. The great thing about being a beginner runner is that you will see faster and bigger improvements in your running compared to someone who has been running for years. It's not unusual for a new runner to take a large chuck of time of her 5K time compared to someone who has been running for years.
Just remember that the only person you are racing is yourself! You ran a 5K, that is awesome! Next time, try and beat your own time. Sometimes you will and sometimes you won't. It's all good. And remember, you finished faster than all those people sitting on their couch!
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Fitness Minutes: (67,315) Posts: 152 7/31/12 2:00 P
Hi everyone! I've been running, doing a mix of C25K and some other training suggestions since the end of April. I just "ran" my first 5K with a terrible time and was disappointed. I got up 2 days after the race and went for a walk/run, but I think my problem was that I ran slower than I could walk and didn't train to go fast enough. My pace was about 14-16 min/mile. I'm going to try the Sparkpeople 5K plan and see if I can get a better time for a race sometime this fall. Is this typical to have such a slow running pace this early? I've never been one to exercise, and I haven't ever run a mile without stopping before in my life - I'm so looking forward to doing that and to conquering the 5K distance!!!
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