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4/15/12 5:58 P

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If you are a runner, it doesn't matter how far or how fast. It doesn't matter if today is your first day or if you've been running for twenty years. There is no test to pass, no license to earn, no membership card to get. You just run." J Bingham


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4/15/12 2:44 P

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I DID IT!!! I was slow. Didn't run as much as I had hoped, but I did run, albeit slowly. I was surprised at how nervous I was (especially when I saw some really serious looking people gathering at the starting line). I was surprised at how emotional I was. I ran across the finish line, and was mortified when I felt a lump in my throat. My daughter was there to support me and took a picture. Good grief, I'm getting choked up just thinking about it. I finished in 51 minutes. I was NOT the last runner to cross the line, plus there were a few walkers who finished behind me. It felt GREAT. I am so friggin' proud of myself right now. Me, the kid who faked a twisted ankle in elementary school to get out of running, finished a 5K in under an hour. I am really inspired to keep training and keep getting better. I can't wait to do this again! (and hopefully I won't get this emotional at the next one!).

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4/12/12 8:39 A

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Great plan, LLROBINETT!! Have fun :-)

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4/11/12 4:42 P

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I didn't sign up for the one I referred to earlier in this thread, but I did sign up for one this coming Sunday. I'm so excited about my first 5K! My goal is to finish. I plan to do my usual C25K workout - just do it Sunday, with walking the remainder of the race. The one I'm doing is a very small race, so I thought I'd do it to get a feel for what race day is like, without worrying about whether or not I can really run the full time.

It's funny how excited and nervous I am! I've read lots of tips about the first race - go slow, get there early, don't eat or drink before. Mainly, I'm just curious about the procedure itself & seeing who else is participating. :o) Anyone have any fun stories/memories of their first 5K? Or anyone else signed up for a 5K soon?

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3/17/12 7:54 P

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I think it is really a rush to run a race, but I agree with NAT, you don't want to push yourself too and get injured. That is the biggest mistake new runners make, doing too much too soon. You can do a speed or power walk between bouts of jogging and that will make your time much better. The fact that you are in a race at all is fantastic. It sounds like you are in good shape, but that is not the same as running. Just work on finishing even if you have to walk. I always see lots of walkers and at least they are getting out there. Just have a good time.

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3/16/12 1:52 P

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That's kind of what I was thinking - to do the third workout during the race and walk for the remainder. BTW - I love your signature block quote - very inspiring!

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3/16/12 12:59 P

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Go ahead and do it if you want... If you walk part of the way, so be it. I went from being a non-runner to completing a half marathon in 2 months in 2:29. Everyone is different and progress at different paces. If you are in good shape you'll be fine (and just think how well you'll be able to see your progress if you do another 5k in a month). Keep a pace that feels right to you and GO FOR IT!!!

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3/16/12 12:47 P

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It is definitely too early in your training to run the 5K but you could do your third workout of week 1 during the race and walk the remainder. You don't want to hurt yourself by running to fast and too far too soon.

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3/16/12 12:43 P

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I am in Week 1 (have done 2 workouts this week), but have been doing Zumba for several months and Curves for over a year. There is a 5K tomorrow locally that I am tempted to do, even if I'm only able to walk most of it. Are there any pros/cons to doing a 5K early in the program?

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