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9/21/10 12:39 A

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I echo everybody here. Just go out and have fun. Enjoy it; savor it if possible. Do it with a smile on your face and share it with those that care about you. My slowest race was my first...and that's ok because I finished and had a blast...nowhere to go but up!!

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9/19/10 7:08 P

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Thirty years ago I ran one in sub 19 minutes. Next month I'm running my first one in over 20 years, and about 100 lbs heavier, and I'd be ecstatic to complete it in under 40 minutes. I just want to do my best. I don't care where I finish - I'm certain my daughter will be beat me by 10-15 minutes, and she's 14. 13 to 15 minutes a mile is a nice easy pace for me. The main thing is to get out there and just do it!

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9/19/10 1:42 P

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Definitely don't worry about your time! Completing a 5k is something to be proud of, no matter how fast or slow. My *fastest* 5k was just a hair under 30 minutes and I can't even imagine getting anywhere close to 25! Just go and run, and have a great time. Yes you will see the people completing it in under 20 but there will be lots of people finishing at all different times too. No worries!

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9/19/10 6:37 A

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Really, 25-30 minutes. Yes there is always someone who can run it in under 20 minutes but every 5K in our area will have people who will take over an hour. I have been running now for 2 1/2 years and have never been under 30 minutes. If I ever do I am taking all of my running friends out for a drink to celebrate. FYI one of the friends I run the most with has never run a 5K in over 30 minutes including the one yesterday we ran after running 13 miles. Suzy

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9/18/10 8:34 P

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Ziggy I am so glad to hear that we were able to help you! Good job on your training!

"When there's something you want fight for it. Don't give up-no matter how hopeless it seems, even when you've lost hope, cause years from now you're gonna look back and wish you gave it one more shot cause the best things in life don't come easy."

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9/18/10 2:54 P

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Thanks everyone! I thought of you when I went out on my run/walk today. I didn't worry about my speed, just had a good time. I will get better (and probably faster), but it isn't going to happen overnight and it doesn't need to happen before my race. Like you said, there are no losers. Someone recently told me the last person in a race isn't a loser, just the last winner! I liked that!

Have a great day! And good luck on all of your runs!! :) emoticon

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9/18/10 12:17 P

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Cassioepia, I love what you said ... no losers in this sport! I concur!!!
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I have my first real 5K (i.e. one I intend to jog the entirety of) in two weeks. I can walk a 5K in about an hour. All I want for this race is to jog the whole way and not walk once. If I can do that I will have accomplished my goal. My time will be the icing.

Have fun on your first race!!!!
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9/18/10 10:35 A

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I'm running my first 5K in Hartford at the ING Marathon on 10/9. My goal is just to finish the race. I'm up to 4 miles in 50 min. twice a week. Also crosstraining with spinning and eliptical. I'm running with a friend for encouragement and support!

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9/17/10 10:40 P

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Ziggy - I can only echo what everyone else has said. :) ENJOY your first 5K and keep the focus on yourself and what you've accomplished so far. That's right "SO FAR". You will continue to improve in endurance & speed - so there's no need to try and fit someone else's "ideal" - at anytime, but especially on your FIRST 5K.

I can't wait to read about your experience. :)

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The 5k I'm going to tomorrow has a two hour time limit. There was one girl last year who was close to that time, and it was so cool how everyone came out to cheer her in. She was likely over 300 pounds, and we were all so proud of her for taking on the challenge AND for finishing it.

There are no losers in this sport.

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9/17/10 9:30 P

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My first was around 43 minutes and this year it was 36. Don't worry about the time! Go at your own speed and be proud of where you are!!!! Most importantly, HAVE FUN!!!!!!!!

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run your first 5k and have fun, don't worry about time. you will only have one first 5k on the beginning of your journey so enjoy it!
i am not sure where they get their pace from but most of my 5k range 23-25 min and i am usually in the top 20-30%. anything below 30 on your first 5k is very unusual and damn fast. i would be looking anywhere in the 40-50 min time range, that is where i was when i walked / jogged.
good luck an have a great time!

Bobby D - Ellwood City, PA

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9/17/10 7:42 P

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Zig-run/walk your race as you please. Enjoy and as the others said-don't worry about others and when you finish. Your friends are a bit wrong. Sure there are people out there who do the 5K's in that time or even much faster. But there are a lot of people out there who do it much, much slower. Just enjoy! There is nothing better than your first race!

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Just to add a little perspective...at my last 5k race the slowest racer finished in 85 minutes. When it came time for awards, I noticed that in most of the age brackets, the top 3 finishers were somewhere between 25 and 35 minutes. Now this was certainly not an ultra-competitive sort of crowd and the course was moderately hilly. But there were about 200 runners ranging from 4-85 years of age.

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9/17/10 4:43 P

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That's the spirit!! Go get 'em!!

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Thanks guys!! I feel much better! I am going to ignore my friends and try not to let them stress me out with their 'good' intentions.

I'm going to finish my first 5K! I rock! Doesn't matter how long it takes me! I can always beet myself the next time!

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I've been running for 3 years and have yet to break 35 minutes -- fastest is 35 and change and slowest is 42 something. Don't worry about your time. Actually it's better to run your first race slowly -- and then you have the satisfaction of beating your previous time!
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9/17/10 12:57 P

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My first 5K I did in 49:36 which was better than my usual 51-52 minutes around my neighborhood. My next 5K I did better - 47:22. I'm a real speed demon! And there were people finishing behind me so be of good cheer.

If it is to be, it is up to me....


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9/17/10 12:42 P

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Zig,

I have never finished a 5K in under 30 minutes. Don't worry about your time - - your biggest competition is your own body and mind. Enjoy your race experience - there will be more races where you can improve, but it is about doing your best on that day.



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Just be sure your race doesn't have a time limit and you'll do fine.

I don't think I've ever seen time limits on 5k though.

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9/17/10 12:28 P

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Zig,

I totally agree with Angie...you should not be worried about your time. There are so many factors that determine how quickly your body adapts to running, but the deal is, to run your run.

"Last is just the slowest winner." C. Hunter Boyd

While I am not saying you will be last, just know it trumps all those who elect to stay in bed that morning while you take on the challenge to do your best.

HAPPY SPARK RUNNING!
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9/17/10 12:25 P

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My first 5K time was 35:21. And it was hard! I've been runnning for almost two years and I'm just now getting to the point where I can maintain a 10 minute mile pace over any significant distance.

The idea of finishing your first 5K is awesome! Don't worry about your time. And do not compare yourself to your friends who have been running longer and may be in better shape than you. Just do your best and have fun. That's what it's all about! You will not be the last person to cross the finish line. There will likely be other people walking the entire course.

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9/17/10 12:22 P

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My first 5K in May was done at 51 minutes and I was by far not the last to cross the finish line. I am doing another 5K this October, the only thing I am worrying about is improving my time, not what others are doing.

Go out and have fun, do it for you. Maybe do what I did, complete the first 5K so that you have a number to improve off of and enjoy everything that is involved with the 5K.

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9/17/10 12:20 P

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Zig- a race time should be what is best for you, where you are in training and what's best for your body. My first 5k I ran was around 38 minutes and the second one was closer to the 40 minute mark. As I have increased my mileage my time has gotten faster, but even after running off and on for several years have not achieved the 30 minute mark. I was stoked when I broke the 35 minute mark after 6 months of getting back into running. Don't worry about your time. Just focus on building up your endurance. I blogged some when I was first training to run and you can check out my struggles then. Don't worry about the time. I find that when I do it only makes me feel bad after my training. Focus on how good you feel because you completed what you set out to accomplish!

I look forward to hearing about your completed 5k next month!!

"When there's something you want fight for it. Don't give up-no matter how hopeless it seems, even when you've lost hope, cause years from now you're gonna look back and wish you gave it one more shot cause the best things in life don't come easy."

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Hi everyone! I am training to complete my very first run, a 5K in about a month. I currently run/walk, with the running portions improving, but still very slow. My friends (most of whom are runners - and skinny at that), keep telling me you should be able to run a slow 5K in 25-30 minutes. Yeah! Right! While my friends are trying to support and inspire me, this talk of speed and finishing times, is stressing me out. SO, I thought I would turn to my reliable Spark friends for words of wisdom! emoticon emoticon

Is the idea of finishing my first 5K run, in 45-60 minutes too slow? Right now, I run (slowly) more than half my route and am slowly building endurance and speed. This means that by race time, I should be stronger and probably a little faster. I just want to know what a good, reasonable goal should be considering I will most likely be walking parts of the run.

Thanks for the advice!

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