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4/19/12 1:03 P

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Are you following one of the training programs? www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/training
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There are 3 5-week programs in there that will get you well on your way.

You will find all kinds of folk at your 5K. There will be a wide range of speeds and abilities. But you will find most everybody is a running advocate - they will be so happy that you are taking up running that they will be happy to assist and encourage you.

I actually think that your not wanting to look up an average time for a 5K is a great idea. You are going to run your own race, it doesn't matter what others do. We're all at different stages in our training. Just do the best for you, knowing that you will improve.

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4/19/12 10:22 A

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You guys can do it. It is still a ways away, and you will be surprised how your body trains to get you there. Remember, though, if you can't run the entire thing, you have not failed. You have lots of time to get more 5ks in. Best of luck.

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4/19/12 9:42 A

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Hi, I know how you feel! My first 5K is coming up in three weeks and I don't feel like I will ever be prepared, no matter how close or far away it is. I just have to trudge on and do my best, and not let MYSELF down. Doesn't matter what anybody else does.

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4/19/12 7:08 A

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I haven't run a 5k race yet. Mine isn't until June. Try not to think about others and you'll do just fine. What I've seen, there are alot of diff. types of people that do 5k's. Many just walk. Do the best you can.

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4/19/12 1:13 A

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Hi everyone,

I'm new to running with my first 5K only 5 weeks away. I finally got enough courage to attempt to participate in one. I've started working out in January as a New Years resolution, and, even though I haven't reached my ideal weight, I hope I'm in a good enough shape to finish a 5K run.

I'm really excited but also anxious, training for the event. I'm afraid there will be super competitive athletes there and I'll be among the last to finish. I get easily discouraged when I see that I'm not doing as well as others. I'm even afraid to look up the average time for a 5K is... I really wish I wouldn't compare myself to others.

My insecurity is definitely something I want to work on along with improving my speed and endurance. Has anyone else experienced similar feelings when they were training for their first event?

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