You will enjoy the experience and feel great when you finish, no matter how long it takes. Dead last but finished certainly is better than did not finish and even better than did not start! Run the race at your pace and you will be fine. I agree with Coach Nancy, walk up the hills if you need to. No worries, have fun!!
Thanks so much for the advice. I will do my best and see how it goes. Hopefully after this 5k, I will feel like signing up for some more :) What you said Nancy about many people not having the courage to even sign up for a race..I am going to be thinking about that when I am running my first 5k. Thanks so much!
Fitness Minutes: (112,042) Posts: 46,222 11/13/12 10:28 A
Time is relative to you and no one else, so don't worry about your time. As far as the hills...just do your best...if you find that they are too much for you, it is PERFECTLY OK to walk up the hills and slowly down them. There is nothing you can do between now and your race to prepare your body for them, but that's OK...you are going to do just fine. Every race is different and has it's own unique challenges, but look at how many people never have the courage to do what you are doing.
Fitness Minutes: (97) Posts: 4 11/13/12 10:07 A
I run at different times in the day. I am a mom, and I run when my hubby is home. Sometimes I run first thing in the morning, sometimes in the afternoon and sometimes just before dinner. So it varies. Also, I am use to running on flat roads...is there anything I can do to help me with the hills in this race? I am super scared to run them. My time already isn't very good for a 5k and the hills will slow me down even more.
Edited by: RACHBEAMAN at: 11/13/2012 (10:09)
Fitness Minutes: (112,042) Posts: 46,222 11/13/12 10:04 A
What do you currently do before your training runs? Do you eat something?
I would be reluctant to tell you to run this race on an empty stomach because a morning race means overnight you have depleted some of your glycogen (stored glucose in the muscles and live) stores and because a 5K tends to rely on more glycogen for fuel than a slower race (1/2 marathon) you may find yourself bonking. That being said, it is best to do what you have practiced in your training runs.
Fitness Minutes: (97) Posts: 4 11/13/12 9:51 A
Thanks Coach Nancy. I need to learn to not focus so much on my time or the other runners. That might hard for me because I am a competitive person. Also, my husband is an incredible runner, he is also running but it will only take him 17 minutes to run it. My father in law, and sister in law are also running it and they are all much faster than I am. I am feeling sick to my stomach thinking about this race. Should I eat anything before the race, or run on an empty stomach?
Fitness Minutes: (112,042) Posts: 46,222 11/13/12 9:47 A
You are ready...just remember to go out slower than you feel you should. One of the biggest mistakes runners (even those who have been running for a long time) make is starting out at a much faster pace than they should. Even if lots of people are passing you, that is OK, you will begin passing them at the end. Have fun and enjoy the moment!
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Fitness Minutes: (97) Posts: 4 11/13/12 9:37 A
I am running my very first 5K next week. I am super nervous. I wish my time was better. I can run a 5k in 32-33 minutes, but this course has hills and I am use to running on flat roads. Any advice, trips, motivation? What can I expect? HELP!! SO Nervous!
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