My time was 48 minutes and 32 seconds. Not too shabby. My best ever pace in training so far has been a 15 minute mile, so I am feeling really good about that time.
I am glad that I got to the site early. I thought that I was there 40 minutes before race time, but it turns out that they were starting at 8:00 instead of 8:30. So I had just 10 minutes for warm-up, which was fine. The only bad part was that I did not have time to to potty before the race started. About a mile into the race, I started feeling like I needed to go. I seriously considered pulling over to the side and going in the woods. However, I remembered that we were in a wildlife habitat, more specifically a rattlesnake habitat. I decided that I would rather wet myself than risk getting bit. I was able to complete the course without incident though, so don't worry, the photo of me crossing the finish line will not be an embarrassing "Fergie moment."
All of the advice you guys shared has been great and very helpful. I will add to the list of what to bring with you to the race...change of clothes, and baby powder. I had fresh clothes, but I would have loved to have powered myself afterward as well. Small things I will remember for next time.
I have had similar fears as my first 5K is June 12 so needless to say I have read a few articles on the subject. One thing I have seen a few times that I don't think was mentioned here is to line up toward the back of the pack. You don't want to start off too fast and wear yourself out and starting around the more seasoned/serious runners may cause you to run faster and might also get annoyed with you if you are "in their way". Also, (just like driving) keep to the right and pass people on the left when needed. And remember, no matter what your finishing time it is guaranteed to be better than those who never got out of bed to run at all!
"The greater danger for most of us is not that our aim is too high and we miss it, but that it is too low and we reach it." ~ Michelangelo
Jojo, I wouldn't worry about getting there too early. 30 min before the starting time will be fine.
You won't get lost, people will be along the entire course.. volunteers and runners. There's usually a vehicle in front and back to make sure everyone stays on track. Also, wherever they think people might get confused on where to go, there will be signs or volunteers pointing you the right way.
About your time, it's really cool to establish your own and then make it your goal for the next race to beat it. I've run two 5k's so far and the first I ran in 31:24 and the second in 30:03. That's almost the best part and it feels great when you beat your previous time! You'll do great and don't worry about going too fast for your first one, you don't want to wear yourself out!
Thank you all for the good advice. I really appreciate the encouragement. Hopefully the weather will clear up tomorrow and I will be able to do a 'trial run.' I really like the idea about volunteering for other races. I hadn't thought about that before.
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Another tip -- get there early enough to drive the course (if you can). That way you'll be familiar with the route, where the hills are, etc. -- my toughest races have been the ones where I didn't know what was around the corner! -LL
The reason they open registration up so early is because some people do not pre-register, I have worked many a race and they had to hold the start because we had so many people still in line to register. I can remember working the marathon and after the start of the race (half hour) three people wanted to register!
Since this is your first ask the volunteers questions, when I work registration I am always asking people if they know what is going, what to do ect.
Most of all HAVE FUN you are embarking on a adventure that not everyone will do.
For my first race, I was super nervous about having to go to the bathroom during the race. The crazy things we worry about.... LOL I'm also always either an hour early or an hour late... so I made sure I was there super early. I ended up spending all the extra time in the port-a-potty line - which actually turned out to be a lot of fun. I met lots of very nice, nervous people. I learned I wasn't the only one freaking out and even the obviously well seasoned runners were nervous. Realizing that really helped to calm me down.
As for your time, don't stress about it. Just have fun. You'll do great!
Get there early and find someone who looks nervous and say hi. You will not be the only one there who has never raced before. My first 5K time was 39 minutes. Do not worry the people at the back of the pack are very friendly and make sure you line up at the back. Pin bib on front, if there is a hole at the bottom do not put a pin in it. If there is a chip do not tie it into your lace at the bottom. Thank the volunteers and have fun. If you enjoy it ask about volunteering at a race that is a distance you can not run yet. Suzy
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You need to get there at least an hour or so before your race. The reason, you do not want to have any issues such as trying to find a parking space, going to the porta-potty, or even lining up. You also need time to warm up. The standard in the industry is, "The shorter the race, the longer the warm-up." You need to warm up at least 15 minutes walking and doing some easy jogging.
Now I am beginning to have all kinds of questions and anxieties come up. Hopefully you guys can help.
On race day (next Sunday) it says registration starts at 7:30 and the race starts at 8:30. Should I plan on being there by 7:30, or would 8 be acceptable? I obviously don't want to be late, but I don't want to be there pacing nervously for an hour and psyching myself out if I can avoid it.
This particular race doesn't publish a route ahead of time. So, how will I know where to go? This one is a combination of road and trail at the state park, but that is all that I know so far. I had a nightmare last night that I was behind everyone else and got lost in the woods.
This one is just a curiosity, but what was your time for your first ever 5K? I know I will not be able to run the whole distance. So far, I can only run for almost half a mile at a time. Personally, I am just hoping for under an hour.
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