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Soaringphoenix,
If you truly are a BEGINNER runner, you might consider not running the whole 5k. I know a couple people that gladly stick with a run 5 mins, walk 1 min routine throughout the whole race.

Just a few months ago, I never would have imagined that I would be running as much as I am. I was never ever the athletic one as a child. What got me into running was actually my puppy. You will see him on my spark page. Basenjis are very energetic and I knew that it would require lots of walks and that is actually one of the reasons I was looking forward to getting a pup...it kinda forces you to get fit too. Well after awhile when he was old enough and built up enough stamina I would start jogging a bit with him...just very very short bursts of running at first, then walk a bit, run a bit, etc. then one day without even thinking about it I realized i could jog around two blocks and come back which was a mile without stopping. I wasn't even trying to, I had just gotten used to doing it with my dog. Well, then we started increasing our distance, and now I enjoy going 5k, even starting to get a little competitive with it, hoping to increase my speed for my next race. I didn't even mean to or try to "get into" running, it just sort of happened. So, I think my number one piece of advice for a beginner is MAKE IT FUN. You're never going to keep it up if it isn't something you enjoy. Don't try to be competitive with it at least at first. Celebrate the small successes, like the time I realized I could jog the whole mile without stopping...it didn't even matter how fast I was, just that I did it. You must must must take baby steps as a beginner runner so that you don't risk hurting yourself. You also must incorporate rest days into your routine to give your muscles a chance to build and repair.

HAVE FUN!

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4/14/13 9:42 A

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Tx.patricia,

What running shoes are you using? Make sure you go somewhere to get some good professional ones. I use asics gt 2000, they are 120 dollars but really take care of your feet. I wonder if you need to try to shorten your stride if your calves are always hurting....if you are new to running, it could just be you getting used to running, but I am mentioning it because a lot of new runners will make the mistake of striking too long and with your heel instead of trying to strike more mid-foot. This could be the reason why your calves are hurting so much...? It is hard to think about changing your form but again, making sure you have good running shoes is also key. I tend to run with my weight pressing on the inside of my foot because I have very high arches and that's just the way my natural form is, so when I went to the running shoe store, they suggested these asics which are super supportive and I really can feel the difference. It took me awhile to accept how much money it would be for really good shoes, but when you realize that shoes are really the only equipment a runner needs, and horrendous consequences can happen from wearing the wrong type of shoes, it is really worth it.

Edited by: LOVEMOUSE82 at: 4/14/2013 (09:43)
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Hi, all. I was getting caught up on questions here. I started running in summer 2010 and have NOT looked back. YES, it's a pain when you start. The hardest step is ALWAYS the first one out the door. When I started, I used the C25K program on Cool Running also. I jumped in head first, signed up for an event and started training. That was November, 2010. Remember this as you start; it's not when you finish, it's the fact you had the courage to start.

I see some of these posts are old and I'd LOVE to know how far everyone's come with their training and racing. I saw some of you aspire to marathons (FANTASTIC; the BEST experience ever. I promise).

For those of you wanting to step up from the C2 5K program, cool running has training plansalso www.coolrunning.com/engine/2/2_4/ind
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check them out. I am also willing to help out with any questions; like I said, I don't know how far everyone's come; but I, personally have completed 9 5K's, 2 10K's, a quarter marathon, a half marathon, a full marathon AND a Polar Bear Plunge (jumping into water on New Year's Day...I know, don't tell me I'm crazy). I have come a long way in my 2 years and want to help others enjoy the sport as much as I do.

With summer coming, remember, the most important thing is to hydrate. Height makes NO difference in speed. The more you run, the faster you will get. I recommend running 3 days a week to start and PLEASE don't forget to stretch. Cross-training can be anything that ISN'T running. Shoes do NOT have to be expensive but they DO need to be running shoes. I buy mine at Shoe carnival at a fraction of the retail price and they're the same shoe (just cheaper). While we're on the subject, they need replaced every 400-500 miles.

I hope I helped SOMEONE with my very long-winded speech; I will step off my soapbox now. Thank you for listening (reading)



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hi everyone I am wondering if any of you has any tips for a beginner runner who wants to run a 5k sparkmail me or respond to this post about it.

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I'm really trying to get into running as a new hobby, and it's one of the hardest things I've ever done! Learned about the C25K program and started doing it. I am doing it for the third week but repeating week 2 because I'm not that great at running.
Running my first official 5K in October and I'm excited... really hope I can do it!

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4/17/11 9:45 A

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I am running my first 5k on the 15th May and a bit nervous about it. I am currently on week 2 of my program and will be attempting to run 2 miles straight today. I have no idea what sort of time I am running too but I know it is slowwwwww. The temperatures here are already 24 + so I know it will be tough going in a few more weeks.

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way to go sara you will have fun..
cal.enter a race just to get you going,a race helps with your speed because the others that running ahead of you...my last 5k was 23.12 and i wanted that 22 mark also..when i started that same race a year ago my time was 32.32..races does help and all the money they raise does go for a good cause..i like the cancer races the most...you can get there

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12/9/09 10:37 P

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I don't enter races, but I'd like to get my 5k back down below 22 minutes. After a prolonged hiatus, my 5k is hovering around the 25-26 minute mark. The real challenge will be maintaining my program throughout the Chicago winter. ;]

I never followed one of these structured programs; did my own thing with some good results. Something that I found helped my 5k a lot was alternating longer runs with shorter runs. I was jogging 5-6 days a week. The first day would be a 7 mile run, the next day would be a 5k, the third day would be another 7 miler, and then I'd take a day off for rest. Then I'd do 5k followed by a 7 miler the next day. Rinse and repeat. I shaved at least 8 minutes from my 5k time using this method.

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12/9/09 4:27 P

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couch to 5k is great. I recently picked my first 5k to run next spring. Having a direct goal is really motivating.

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Well stick with it! You can do it... really! Mind over matter!

I hope your knee starts to feel better real soon!

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I'm stuck in wk 4, I'm having problems w/my knee and my motivation. I hope to get back to it next week.

Good luck, it only got harder for me the last time I did it, and I still didn't feel like I accomplished much so I decided to go through it again about 6 months later.

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How are you doing on the C25K program?

I am on wk 1 (day 2), it's pretty easy so far.

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Urgh, I am on wk 4 of the C25k program, and I don't think this is ever going to get any easier. After those 5 minute runs I feel like my calves are on fire!

Wishing ya'll all the best!

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First timed 5k next weekend....I know I can do it. I am in training for 1/2 m in Oct. BUT, this will be my very first "timed" race:-)

How is your training going? I am going to stick to my 1/2 m training. next week is 20 miles.




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I just finished my first 5k and have two more scheduled, one in June and one in July. I'm planning on doing a 10k this summer - does anyone have any advice for jumping from 5k mark to the 10k mark?

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its after your race, but I ran with a girl on my last race who bought a special hat from Nike or Adidas that helps with the moisture for running when it rains, she really liked it. I searched around and found one similar to hers.
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Hello - so I have my 3rd 5K for this weekend & I heard that it is going to rain :( I'm okay with a little water but my question is what does one wear? Is there anything different that I should expect?

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Thanks so much for those tips - I like them! I have my first 5k on Saturday and am already starting to get the jitters. I'll make sure to follow your advice and hopefully I will have a great first race! Thanks again!

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I just did my first race last weekend (a 10k) with my best friend. We were totally nervous and anxious. We went to bed early the night before, woke up with plenty of time to get their early. Then walked around and relaxed. I researched around for tips and hints from on the web here are my favorites.
1. don't change up anything, wear your same shoes, socks, same breakfast if you have one (ideally a bar or a banana, nothing to big)2. Running Socks (are great if you have them, no blisters or rubbing!)
3. Don't get cuaght up in the excitment and take off with the fast runners (well unless you are fast :-), you can poop out to early and struggle the rest of it! Also don't pay attention to the people that pass you.
4. Carb up the night before.
5. At the end look up and smile at the camera (if they are taking photos).
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Nervous-I have a 5K tomorrow & for some reason I cannot help but to be nervous...any advice?

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I am going to start week 4 of the C25k tomorrow, I am doing better this time around. I completed the entire thing last year yet didn't feel like I was where I needed to be before going on to some 10k, so I am doing it again. Not spending as much time on each week as I did last time either. I did some weeks three or four weeks last time. That's not happening this time, at least not yet. I also keep a spreadsheet w/my time & distance on it, so that is where I can see the improvement in my mileage!

Hope ya'll have a great day!

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Hey guys, I'm doing great with my 5k training. I'm running 3 miles 4 days a week and strength training. My fastest time for 3 miles was actually yesterday and it was 28:11:08!! Woo hoo!! I hope I'll be ready for my first 5k, I'm so excited!

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Wish I had some advice for ya, yet I don't. I'm just a begginer doing good to run two miles in 30 minutes.

Good luck to ya!

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Hey guys - I'm new here to this team. But it was just a perfect fit. I am wanting to run a marathon sometime next year, but I've never ran in a race - ever! So I'm starting slow to see what they are all about. I run 3 miles, 3 days a week. So I don't think a 5k will be that difficult for me. But I gotta start somewhere. Any one have any tips or tricks for me? Thanks so much!

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got my 5k down at 30.03 minutes.in tradering time race next weekend we will see for sure.hoping for 29 minutes or less

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I am going to start the C25k program on Monday, anyone want to join me?

This will be my second time, I completed it last fall, and don't feel that I am really where I need to be, so I am going to do it again, and then move onto a 10k program.

Who's up to the challenge?

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ilovemylife...a 5k races is 3.1 miles,so if you are going to just finish the race then ran 3 to 5 miles five to six times a week.if you want to get in the top ten of your age group or place.then try to run 5 - 8 miles.also do some speed work like run as hard as you can between one pole then jog to the next 8 - 10poles.then run as fast as you can again to the next pole then jog.and so forth..also due some hills workouts they will help you also........my uncle as a saying that goes like.running is a b-t-h if it is not burning then you just walk....

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the couch to 5K I have used in the past is on www.coolrunning.com

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Okay, I need help... I'm also training for a 5K but I keep finding different Couch to 5K forms online. One tells me to run .5 mile and the other one tells me to run 1 mile. Can someone help me?

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rhcookson..im new to to the running world also amount 4 months.im over 6 foot tall im a slow runner also.i run upto ten miles 5 to 6 days aweek.i hurt my knee a few weeks back very slow recovery..anyway it takes alot of practice to get the everything(technect?) working at the same time..to lots of hills workout it help me lot.they are very hard at first.just donot give up...im only running at 10.5 to 11:00 now.trying to fininsh a 10k in april at 55:minutes or lest.....good luck

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I've got a question... I'm using the C25K program right now. My problem is that I'm short, only 5ft tall, and with short legs comes a slower jogging and running speed. 4mph is jogging for me, 5mph is an all-out run. I'm not covering the distance I'm supposed to be covering in the time that the program suggests I should be. I vaguely remember reading somewhere that for slower joggers, I should just repeat the pattern once more after I finish the workout (i.e., walk for 2 min, run for 2 min, repeat). This is what I've been doing for now, but I guess I just need some reassurance/guidance. Is this the right thing to be doing?



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If you are training for a 5k, these is YOUR thread!

Chat about your training program(s), your ups & downs, ect.

Feel free to ask questions, and I am sure of our "resident runners" can help you out!

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