Many people plan to do a 5K every 2-3 months to "keep going" and work on decreasing their time, running more of the distance, improving their "recovery time" or other things. This isn't a huge distance and can be done.
Next time, plan your race and plan the time you want to make. When you do this, race your own race and don't worry about those around you. Plan where you want to be at various points in time and work to make that goal.
It can be easy to get "caught up" in the excitement of the race and try to run before you are ready. This can make you discouraged to do it again.
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Thank you for responding - those are all good ideas. I was considering the walk/jog 5k next, but I am still waiting to heal. I am getting less sore every day - I just always think I'm capable of more than I am. I have a history of getting overly enthusiastic during a workout and paying for it dearly later.
BTW, I love your profile pic! It's cool and you look very healthy and happy.
MAMABEAR93 ~ First of all on doing your first race and completeing the 5K program. It's normal to be a little sore for a couple of days after an acutal race because we tend to push a little harder during a race, as you found out.
As for what's next, there are a few things you can do. You can just repeat the final 2 to 3 weeks to keep yourself moving, tracking it on your fitness page. You can repeat the program and focus on increasing your walking speed. Since you ran part of it, you can always move to the walk/jog program of 5K Your Way. If you want to increase your distance to say a 10K, use the 5K training program, but double the distances/times, repeating a week as necessary.
Finally, I'd suggest signing up for another 5K with the goal of cutting your time.
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OK, well I did it, I stuck with the training plan and completed my first 5k on Mother's Day at our local Pink Ribbon Run & Walk. I found myself running part of the 5k because I was inspired by everyone else running and the crowds cheering - which may have been a mistake, because I was very, very sore afterwards! It has been two days and I am still feeling it, but am recuperating ok. I am feeling a little lost because I don't know what to do next...I would like to do more 5ks but I am unsure how to train for them without my little calendar. Has anyone else had this issue?
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