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emoticon I'm really emoticon happy for you and now emoticon you have your first emoticon done, now onto your next! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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5/12/13 2:59 P

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I am tickled to report that I survived my first 5K this morning. Thank you for the great bits of information that you took the time to share with me. I felt more at ease because I had some idea of what to expect. It did end up being a chilly morning with a brisk breeze, so it was uncomfortable waiting around to begin. But once we got moving, I was okay. I was too busy concentrating on maintaining my pace to think about the wind.

Once we got going and the crowd sorted itself out, I identified who was just ahead of me. They seemed to be moving at about the same speed, so I used them as a point of reference to maintain my tempo. I did end up passing them just past the halfway point, so I picked out another couple of walkers, and eventually passed them, too.

I had set a goal to finish in 57 minutes, 30 seconds. I managed to finish in 49 minutes, 59 seconds. So I beat my goal time by over 7 1/2 minutes. Yay! (Plus, I was not last. Another yay!) I averaged 16 minutes, 5 seconds per mile. That is faster than I have walked in my neighborhood when preparing for this.

Because it was Mother's Day, they handed us a red carnation as we crossed the finish line. A nice memento. I do think that my right foot is planning to develop a blister, though. Another memento!

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5/8/13 3:14 P

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Thanks for the great information, Janet. I really appreciate the stay-to-the-side etiquette information. That is exactly the sort of faux pas that I am hoping to avoid. I don't want to be one of those newbies who blindly gets in the way of everything.

I had already imagined that the excitement of the throng would inspire me to match their pace rather than maintain my own pace, probably to a level that I could not handle. I don't want to let my pride kill my legs! Better to work for a faster time next time out. (Look at me. Never did this before, and already talking about "next time.")

Possibly photographers, hmm? Maybe I need to take a hair-combing break at 4 3/4 K? emoticon

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5/8/13 1:19 P

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It sounds like the team has things well in hand up to the point of the actual race. They offered you some wonderful advice. Just a couple things about the actual race.

Don't get caught up in the start line frenzy. Whether it is a big or small race I have seen walkers get caught in the excitement of the start and despite the fact that they are walkers and have not done much if any running, they run when that gun goes off. This is a huge mistake. I always tell those I work with that you start a race the same way you would any training.

They usually ask the walkers to start in the back, but many runners end up back there too for some reason. The accepted etiquette is that walkers stay to the sides of the course. I have found that I'm much safer in the middle. No matter how close to the side I get (even within 6 inches) some runner will push past me on that narrow side. Dangerous for us both. So I have found if I'm in the middle they have plenty of room to go around on either side. Once the crowd disperses I move to the side.

Set a pace and work to keep it.

Talk with others around you if they are willing. It's more fun that way.

Water stations on a 5K are generally at the half-way point. So if you will be thirst before that carry your water.

Most importantly, have fun. Whether you are first or last in a race you have done the same distance. The goal is to cross that finish line smiling. Which reminds me... some 5Ks have finish line photographers, so head up when you finish.

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5/8/13 11:46 A

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More good points, WG. Maybe I will bring the water bottles and leave them in my car. Available if I change my mind or after I cross the magical finish line. And even if we have cool temperatures, we are not forecast to have rain. Yay for that!

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Sounds like a good idea. I like the idea of water bottles, but don't worry as much for an hour or so walk. I don't like a lot of things in my hands and don't usually drink when walking, so it isn't a big deal.

Pants vs shorts, wear something comfortable and be sure to wear layers. Even when it is cold starting, walking/running does generate heat and you want to be able to stay comfortable. They say the ideal running temperature is 55 so you should be able to comfortably run/walk your 5K.

Have fun.

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5/8/13 11:41 A

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I hope you have a great time and yah it sounds a bit cold emoticon emoticon still! Do good and post pictures if you can emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Merle, thank you for your encouragement. I did opt for the organized 5K and preregistered last night before I went to bed. I decided to hit the send button before I chickened out! Now that I have paid my money, I am committed.

Like you, I like to take care of as much as possible in advance, so I am going to see if they allow folks to pick up their packets ahead of time. And sunscreen! Thank you for mentioning that. I never would have thought of it on my own.

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Thanks for your thoughts, Moya. I have decided to go with an organized 5K. A virtual 5K is free, but it sounded like it might be fun to be surrounded by other walkers. I don't know about the shorts versus long pants question yet. I live close to the Land of the Frozen Tundra. Sunday's high temperature is forecast to be 48 degrees, and of course it won't even be that "warm" when the event gets underway at 9:00 a.m. But I do think it would be a good idea if I took along water bottles.

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Hi Lynn! Congrats on sticking with your program and being ready for your first 5K whether virtual or organized event. Either way, it is a great accomplishment and you should be proud. if you are taking votes, I vote for the organized 5k if you are up for that.

What to expect? I have only done a few -- last year was my first -- but, am happy to offer a bit of info. Here are a few tips that comes to mind:

- First, realize that you have done your training and you are ready for this! Relax! Have a good pre-race breakfast so you have the energy.
- I always prefer to pre-register if that is available. That way you are all signed up in advance and it streamlines things when you arrive on race day.
- Depending on the race (and how big it is), they may offer race packet pickups the day before the race and/or on the event day. I prefer picking up in advance...again it all goes back to me liking to have things taken care of in advance if possible. It is fine to pick it up on race day usually; just make sure you allow the additional time in case there are lines.
- If the race has a website, make sure you read all it says. That will help you feel prepared and it may offer info on how many runners they expect and advice on how much before the race you should arrive. Also, note where parking is so you know how long it will take to get from your parked car to the race - most are really close; but, just want to check before you go.
- Sunscreen!
- I always carry water; but, most races will have water provided along the way if you prefer that.
- Generally, I get there about an hour before the race start time. Again that depends on parking, size event, etc. If you have to pick up the packet that morning, I generally allow another 30 mins.
- Enjoy, enjoy, enjoy!

If you have other questions, feel free to reach out and ask. Not sure if everyone will agree with my pointers; but, they are the things that help me.

Best wishes!

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Merle
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Sounds great i'm really happy for you! I have only done it on my own. I liked it I went to our local track it took about 50-55 min. Ok my youngest daughter 19 went with, but she was running around emoticon I was doing the emoticon emoticon But I wasn't sure that I could do it all in 1 day, but I just kept going and instead of saying what I had left to do I said what I had done. And before I knew it I was done! I wore shorts, take water bottles, some like ipods, but like I said not really sure on a real 5K and if it is different in a small town or a big city? emoticon Sorry again, but hope if you do it you have a good time and please let us know how it goes. emoticon

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I am about to start week 5, and I am a little surprised that I have stuck with it. And pleased with myself that I have. So now I am debating . . . virtual or sign up for a honest to goodness 5K? On the odd chance that I would find something scheduled appropriately in the area, I stumbled upon a 5K this coming Sunday in a neighboring community.

So as I ponder whether or not I want to jump into this event, would anybody like to tell me what to expect? I could really use some tips from knowledgeable participants about what to bring, how early to arrive, best clothes to wear, all of those details that are second nature to the regulars, but easily overlooked by a newbie.

Thanks for any advice you can offer!

Edited by: LYNNGETTINTHIN at: 5/8/2013 (00:25)
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