You absoultey can do it! And you will be glad you did, the sense of accomplishment that comes with completeing your first 5K is unreal! Just be sure to focus on YOU, don't pay attention to what others are doing, and if you can't run the whole thing, that is fine! The bottom line is that you are out there, and one way or another you are going to complete those 3.1 miles!! Have fun!
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First of all, calm down and tell yourself that you CAN do this! Don't compare yourself to anyone else. Remember that for every person you think is a better runner, there's someone else sitting at home on a couch somewhere while you are out there running 3 miles!
Warm up a little before the race starts (do a little light jogging before you find a spot at the starting line), and then give your calves a nice stretch before the race begins. When the race starts, it's totally normal to struggle for about the first half mile or so.. your body needs to warm up (in fact, it probably looks crazy, but that's why you'll probably see people doing laps before the race even starts!). Just tell yourself that it's ok and settle into a groove.
Don't be afraid to talk a walk break if you need it, give yourself about a minute to recover if you're struggling, and then get back into it. Finally, get yourself some good tunes or a good friend to help pass the time. Don't think about how hard it is, think about how good you're going to feel when it's done, and when you can tell everyone that you just ran your first 5K!! Good luck!
I am not a runner. I don't think of myself as a runner as I cannot even run a whole mile without stopping. So silly me signs up for a 5k! I am doing the Disney Royal Family 5k on Saturday and am scared out of my mind. I really want to run as much of it as I can but have my doubts. I have friends who can run so much farther than me, one of whom is doing the half marathon on sunday and has only been training since December. I feel like the odd man out. I have problems with my calves tightening up and my breathing getting out of control. Should I really do this???? Would love any tips!
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