To control breathing, don't think about it. It will just come naturally. I know, easier said than done. I still think about it when I start a run, then I just "sing" along with either my iPod or the music in my head.
Life is fragile. Love, laugh and enjoy.
current weight: 170.0
Fitness Minutes: (150) Posts: 2 10/18/13 8:49 P
I have wanted to run a 5k for a while now. Two weeks ago I decided to just start. I didn't plan it days ahead, I just started running. I had knee surgery a year ago and was using that as an excuse. This running thing must be meant because I am not having any problems with my knee :) I will be running in a Run or Dye 5k April 5 with my daughter. Thank you for the encouraging stories. One question though, how do I control my breathing? I think about it tooooooo much and it throws me off. I know I can do and I am having fun training.
Fitness Minutes: (9,019) Posts: 85 10/13/13 1:05 P
This thread is awesome! I started running for the first time ever in June to support my husband. Being short and formally very heavy, I don't see myself as athletic at all, but running makes me feel like it is possible to be athletic in my own way. I worried about finishing last and being in the way, but when you are out there it really is just all about you. It is nice to see the pics after the race of you in action and knowing it was just you and the road. We've done two 5ks now and my husband wants to win his age group so we will keep signing up. I think that's the best advice, keep showing up.
Run or Dye Houston Sept. 14, 2013 (31:28 but I don't think they measured the 5K out) Monster Mash 5K Oct. 6 2013 (36:03) I can do it!
I worry about being last every time I run a race, but I haven't been yet. I'm still running 15 min/walking 1 min, and I just stick to my schedule and in the end I pass enough people that I'm not last. I tell my friend that runs with me (but is much faster), that I'm the incentive for the people in the back. I pass them, they pass me, I pass them, they pass me LOL
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Fitness Minutes: (29,602) Posts: 262 10/7/13 7:24 P
I just ran my first official 5k this past Saturday. I was so nervous, but once I got there and started running I was so glad I did it. The whole route people were cheering and holding signs. I can't wait to do another!! Best of luck to you!
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Fitness Minutes: (32,011) Posts: 2,869 9/30/13 10:49 A
Dodie, you just never mind if you are last - you are doing it, and we all need to start somewhere. The first Rae I ever did was a 10k with my brother. The two of us finished 7th and 8th from last place. I've improved but not to the point where I'm in the top half of my age group yet. I suppose I will never be fast, but I am still out there and having fun. Being last just means that there was all that time training and racing that you weren't on the couch. There is no shame in a last place finish.
At a race this Spring, I saw a poster that brought tears to my eyes. It read, "the last 100 inspire me more than the first 100".
There will be all kinds of people on the course cheering who wish they could run like you.
Sorry, this got kind of long-winded, but being a slow runner is no crime. I live it every day!
Congrats and good luck to you both! Being nervous is part of the fun. I run my first two 5ks this month and I was super nervous both times. I'm really happy I ignored the urge to forfait because it was a great experience. I was super pumped to be running among all those people, and sometimes right past them, ah! There's no way you'll be in people's way any more than they'll be in yours, don't worry. As for crossing the finish line, I'm sure you'll surprise yourself! The general atmosphere of a race helps a lot.
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Fitness Minutes: (32,011) Posts: 2,869 9/29/13 2:00 P
Good luck! I just signed up for my 1st on Nov 17. I am super nervous too. I am still working on a C25K training program and I am really hoping to be able to run the whole thing. At this point, I'm not so sure. I am also really nervous about being last or getting in the way of those people that are better runners than I am.
She believed she could so she did
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