Thanks everyone!!! I ran my first 5K on Saturday. I ran the entire race (which was my goal) my times was 12:11/mile. I was so pumped. I think I am hooked.. The feeling that you get before during and especially after the race is indescribible. Thanks to all of you for your posts and information you helped me along the way. I plan to keep running...
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Hello -- I have been away from spark people tooooooo long. I am still running, and trying to eat right, but it seems that I am always too busy to get the needed support.
Anyway -- this thread caught my eye. I too have been running a few years. I had one 5K where I ran it in 30 min, but that was when I was running with my 24yr old son (who so happens to be a triathalete)! He was my 'pace rabbit' and I did so much better. Without him, my natural pace time is a 12 min mile ... regardless of distance. I have done 5k's and a 10 miler, both were at 12 min mile.
I can run mile repeaters at 11 min pace, sometimes a 10 min ---- but that is on a good day.
I agree that is important to just get out there and be moving, so I try not to dwell on the time. However, it would be nice to see SOME improvement! Thoughts?
Call me Suzanne I live near Frederick MD
"If we are growing, we are always going to be out of our comfort zone" ~John Maxwell
Hey there - I hear you on feeling like you're going backwards. I've been running 5Ks for 3 years now, and my speed is not getting better. But I enjoy it, so I keep running. I am thinking of joining a running group - I think I need someone to push me more (although one reason I run is because I like the solitude...)
Anyway, as far as eating is concerned: for a 5K it doesn't matter all that much. You don't need to carbo-load like you might for a marathon. Just make sure it's something you know won't upset your stomach or make you need to look for a porta-potty somewhere in the middle :^)
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All anyone needs to know is - not speed - but consistency - finishing the race - no matter what time you do it in - is better than the person who never started!!! Don't get caught up in time, pace, speed - just run/walk when you need to and the goal is to finish. That is the goal - not a time - but the fact that you did it. I learned this the hard way. GREAT THINGS ARE PERFORMED NOT BY STRENGTH BUT BY PERSEVERANCE!!
You only have one life and the more baggage you have the shorter the trip!
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Thank you for all the confidence and insights. I am going to do the race and will take all the positive things you have commented and "run" with it. I had a great run this morning. It was on the treadmill and not outside but I felt stronger and ran for 4 miles. I think that has helped my confidence also. Again...thanks for the positive comments, and as girlallin said....I am in this for the rest of my life...
I'm no expert (and there is a great book on this topic, "No Need for Speed") but I would suggest you try the race: you can take it as slow as you want. Who cares if you're last? Some people don't finish at all and if you don't finish, there's no shame in that, either: try and look at it as a positive thing: you've learned something about your limits, you've protected yourself from the kind of injury that can come from pushing too hard too soon (that can sideline you for weeks) and you learn patience. You're in this for the rest of your life, right?
"A pat on the back, through only a few vertebrae removed from a kick in the pants, is miles ahead in results." ~Bennett Cerf
Pounds lost: 60.5
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It does help to know that I am not the only one. My daughter with her half glass full attitude...said to just stop, rest and then run again and then technically I "ran" the whole race..hahah. we will have to see what happens.
current weight: 188.0
Fitness Minutes: (150) Posts: 4 4/9/12 4:27 P
I feel your pain! I ran my first 5K in March. My time was 43:49 - I am not very fast and I had to walk some. To keep my self motivated, I signed up for a 2nd race with a goal to shave off 5 minutes. However, I, too, feel like I am going backwards. I have 2 more weeks before my next race and I'm afraid I won't make it to the end, let alone shave off 5 minutes. So, while I don't have any answers for you, I wanted you to know you are not the only one experiencing a setback.
However, looking back, I haven't been exactly consistent with my training. And I'm sure I would perform tons better I rid myself of negative thoughts!
I have been trianing for my 5k which is this weekend. The last 2 weeks are like my first month of training. I was running 3 miles and now, do not have the steam to do 3 miles. I end up walking a couple of times inbetween. I thought my training program was going well. Does anyone have any ideas? Also, what is is person supposed to eat the night before the race and the morning of? I am having pre-race jitters and wonderiing if I should just cancel and run one at a later date.
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