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8/28/12 6:25 P

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it sounds to me like you aren't too concerned about your pace just wanting to have fun and run with other people. if this is the case, do you have a local group that you run with? you don't get a t-shirt but it makes running fun to be around other people in my opinion(i am also a slower runner).

i think if your goal is just to be around the race scene and enjoy the environment and motivation, go ahead, if you run 3x per week, that could be your one of your runs.

i do a lot of sprint tri's during the tri season. i did one each weekend 4 weekends in a row. there was nothing local this past weekend or this upcoming weekend. so i have to make myself run on my own.



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8/27/12 7:58 P

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Hi, I realize you've probably gotten enough advice from the other posts, but I wanted to post a comment. The fact that you've gotten through the C25K completely means you are focused on your goal! and you are ahead of me in that I still have not completed the program, but I have done 12 5Ks and 2 10Ks since January. The events have been as close as 2 weeks apart, and the 10Ks were 1 week apart - that was hard! The second 10K while flatter was more difficult and my time was not as good. I won't do that again. At every 5K, I try to PR, but don't always and that's OK. Each event is a goal just to cross the finish line and a small step to my eventual goal of running an entire 5K. I also advise not to run 2 races back to back, then you are more likely to be able to better your time the next race. Good luck in whatever decision you choose!

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8/27/12 6:06 P

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Thanks, all--your answers are very helpful. This is exactly the kind of info/input I'm looking for. I think I'll probably register for the one on 9/29 in addition to the one I'm already doing on 9/15 and skip the one in the middle.

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8/27/12 5:14 P

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Just be very careful not to get pulled in by racing. You are still a new runner. Know that while you may feel covering the distance is something you have done, the number one cause of injury is overuse--in other words doing too much, too soon, with too little recovery between races (Running coaches call this the terrible too's). And know that most injuries don't just happen out of the blue, but instead occur over a period of time. It has been stated that it can take as long as a year of consistent running for the muscles, bones, joints and connective tissues to fully develop for running.

I like the every other weekend race deal the best, if you feel the need to participate, but know too, that you want to be very careful. You are still a new runner building the foundation to build your running career on.

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8/27/12 5:06 P

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I agree with Kim, I usually run faster than normal during a race, even if it's unintended. But mental attitude plays a big part.

If you run your other runs easy...then go for it! Do as many as you want!! I love medals now, but I used to run for the tshirts!

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8/27/12 4:20 P

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When you run a race, you always seem to run faster and harder than a training run. Whether it's trying to keep up with the bulk of the runner, or the cheering, the excitement? I always run faster at a race, even if I don't plan to. Plus the course is usually not what you are used to. I did a summer series, a 5k every Thursday night, at a very hilly course. I was always very sore the next day, and I was running 5-7 miles every weekend.
Don't know if that helped or not lol

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8/27/12 4:07 P

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So, here's my question.... (And I'm not trying to be argumentative--I truly don't know the answer. And this might kind of go along with Susannah's response below.) What is the difference between running what's designated a 5k race and running 5k in a training run? If my goal is just to get out there and have fun (and maybe get a cool t-shirt :) ), but not to try for a PR, does that make a difference? FWIW, any week I do a "race," it would replace one of my three training runs that week (which, by mid-September, should be dang close to 5k, even with the fairly conservative time/distance increases I'm adding each week).

I appreciate all the input so far--thanks!

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8/27/12 3:16 P

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I guess it really comes down to WHY you want too. If it's just for fun, then I'd say go for it. If its to PR every time...then you may find you're dissapointed, or worse, injured toward the end! I've been running for a few years, and honestly my LEAST favorite race distance is the 5K...but thats because I feel I have to push myself as hard as I can, since it's "only" 3 miles (and I'm not particularly fast...so it's 30 minutes of pushing as hard as I can!). But, the last one I ran was with a friend who was pushing a stroller and it was 80 degrees at 8am...so it was for fun...and it was fun! I ran at training pace and just tried to keep my friend and other struggling runners motivated.

So, maybe pick one you really care about, and just enjoy the others!!?? But if you want to do them all, go for it!

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8/27/12 2:54 P

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considering you just finished the C25K this year, maybe skip the one in the middle?

once you start running that far 2-3 times a week it would not be an issue.





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8/27/12 2:47 P

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I run a 5K almost every weekend, but I have been running over a year and I am in training for a marathon. I consider them training runs and don't always push myself to the limit at every race. Listen to your body, maybe you can sign up for each race that day, and not commit too far in advance. This way, if you decide your legs are just too tired, you haven't lost any money!
Good luck and have fun!

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8/27/12 2:43 P

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Hi,

While we are all an experiment of one, in other words what works for one person, may or may not work for you, I do believe that this would be a very aggressive goal to run 5K after 5K after 5K. Can you do it? Yes, but none of us have a crystal ball as to whether this would leave you vulnerable to injury from doing too much, too soon. Remember your goal is to be a life-long runner, not just a once in a lifetime runner should you get injured and not be able to run for a long time.

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8/27/12 2:29 P

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I know it's a short distance, and lots of people run farther than that several days a week, but I am still a n00b. I'm already registered for a 5k race (my second) on September 15, and I've found others on 9/22 and 9/29 that I'd like to run in. Am I setting myself up for problems if I run a 5k race just about every weekend in September?

A bit of background: I just started running with the C25K program in May and "finished" it a couple of weeks ago. Because I'm very slow, though (~13mm), I don't actually run 5k in 30 minutes. Right now, I'm working on adding minutes to my run each week--this week, I'm up to 34 minutes, which got me 2.65 miles. My goal is to work up to running very nearly a full 5k in my training runs by the 9/15 and at least that far in my training runs by 9/22 and afterwards.

So...can I do it? Should I??

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