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LINDS1221 Posts: 80
3/1/14 12:17 P

Spark People has a good training program and team that I used last year to do my first 5K. Kind of fell off the wagon this winter and have restarted. I found it is a lot easier on me to follow this program than to try to work at it on my own. The prescribed running plan is great. I did my first 5K last October and 2nd in December. It is so much fun!

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3/1/14 1:14 A

Currently training for 2 5Ks. Signed up for the Color Run on Mar 29th and the Run or Dye on June 14th.

GEENAH1979 SparkPoints: (3,736)
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2/28/14 6:03 P

Awesome! Thanks so much! Really appreciate it and I'll definately check out the couch potato to 5K group.

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2/28/14 5:31 P


Thanks for the info.

I use to be a big time runner.

For the weight you listed it shouldn't be hard on your body as long as you have bought a really good pair of running shoes. Don't be afraid to listen to you body and if you need to take a day off do so.

I see they have a program on here listed as couch potato to 5k so maybe you could look that up. Some advice as how you possibly could train. The last 2 weeks before the race you don't want to run any long runs so you could go into the race with rested legs.

2 weeks before the race on a weekend you should do you long run. If you are fitter by then it wouldn't hurt to jog a 5k or 3.1 mile run.

Every week then counting backwards you could do a long run with never increasing more than 10% distance a week.

Every 3rd week should be an easy week so your body can recover.

It doesn't hurt to run/walk during a run. Best advice I can give is go out and enjoy it and have fun.

Good luck in your race/journey.

The not so good, Getting suck out with the group and running faster than your body wants to or can and then being a long run after that. When you do the race run it at your own pace.


Edited by: ZURICHMAN at: 2/28/2014 (17:39)
GEENAH1979 SparkPoints: (3,736)
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2/28/14 1:39 P

Currently I am 170lb , but would like to lose 10-15lbs. I have been working on my cardio :) That's even better motivation for me than anything. I'll see how it goes! The 5K is the first week of June.

Edited by: GEENAH1979 at: 2/28/2014 (13:50)
SHEILAR50 Posts: 138
2/28/14 11:32 A

Thanks for starting this post. I have been wanting to sign up for a 5k, but I know I can't run the entire way. Last fall I could jog part of it and was planning on training to be able to run in one. I didn't know you could walk part or all of it. I will look up some local 5k's for this spring. Thanks for your inspiration :)

2/28/14 10:04 A

Congratulations on signing up! I think 5K races are a lot of fun and definitely a good atmosphere to be around supportive and like-minded people. When I did my first one in 2010, I was convinced I could just show up and run 3 miles. I was totally wrong and walked almost all of it. I do not like running, but I have been doing it for almost 4 years now and I love participating in any kind of race. My best suggestion would be to slowly train if you can. Start slow, maybe walk/jog routine for a few weeks (time permitting). There are plenty of apps, guides on here, and pinterest has awesome plans for all levels of running to help you make your goal. Maybe walk this one, see how you feel, then dedicate to a plan for your second one. Once you do them they become a fun thing to keep signing up for. Healthy, big community, new friends, weight loss..all good things. And you can get a nice t-shirt, bib and someday medal collection :) I think a bad race is more in your head than anything else. I have been to some without the best organization, but they are still enjoyable to me. The worst is all mental and how you perceive your personal run/time/terrain, etc. Good luck!

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2/27/14 10:33 P

good luck

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2/27/14 10:27 P

Geenah you really didn't give us your weight as that makes a big difference. Have you run before? What is you goal for this run? If you can run about 3/4 of the distance in a training run you should be good as the endorphins kicking during the run should get you the rest of the way. It sounds like you have plenty of time to train so good luck on your journey.

Ok so I ready your post again you didn't say when the race was so that you have enough time to train for it.

Edited by: ZURICHMAN at: 2/27/2014 (22:28)
2/27/14 10:07 P

I am a slow runner, probably more of a jogger and I can't do the entire thing running. I walk/jog/run. I did 5 5k's and a 10k last year. This year so far I have 1 10k, and am signed up for 2 more 5k's and 2 10k's. Then by the end of the year I am hoping for a 1/2 marathon. I also sign up for the virtual runs on It gives you the incentive to keep running, and you get really cool medals! Your registration fee also goes to a different charity each month.

Enjoy it! I actually had a friend cancel on me quite a bit this year and I ended up doing the Rock and Roll Marathon by myself. Well, by myself with 30,000 other people! But I figured out, I think I do better alone.

TACDGB Posts: 6,136
2/27/14 5:48 P

have fun..........nice work at signing up. I love doing 5k's.

MOTIVATED@LAST Posts: 15,451
2/27/14 5:20 P


You don't need to run the whole way - even just a few running intervals (eg. run slowly 1 minute, walk for 4 minutes) can improve your time, and leave you feeling a lot better about your 5K accomplishment.

Good luck!


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2/27/14 3:55 P

I just signed up for my first one too, in April! So far I have been able to run the whole 3.1 miles, but only on a treadmill. It is still too cold and snowy here to do it outside. Hopefully I will get to practice outside before the actual race. Good luck!!

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2/27/14 1:52 P

I have signed up for a couple of 5Ks this spring. I too am really excited about it. I did one about 18 months ago and loved it...jogged and walked. Then I had a bad year and "fell off the wagon".

Then about 2 months ago I was whining about what bad shape I was in again and a friend suggested that I work toward another 5K. That was just what I needed to get back to a more healthy journey.

My only advice is to remember that there is no reason not to walk some or all of it. Have fun!

GEENAH1979 SparkPoints: (3,736)
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2/27/14 1:16 P

Thanks everyone!

In this point in my life, I am watching what I eat and exercising, and am in the best shape I've ever been. Maybe I am doubting myself about jogging it, but I can always try too. We'll see :)

KELLYFIT123 Posts: 1,312
2/27/14 8:18 A

I've run 2 5Ks 10 years apart. The first time I "trained" with my then-boyfriend. I am a terrible runner, I don't have good stamina. I did it in just over 40 mins (if I remember correctly), and when I was done I was so proud of myself I started to spontaneously cry!

The second 5K I did was just last year. I was going to walk it with a SparkPerson, but we had never met and she cancelled on me the day-of. So I was all by myself and felt out of place -- seems like 5Ks are social events. In any event, I realized I didn't have to walk it. I'm in better shape than I was 10 years ago because I go to the gym frequently, but I still don't run. I ran slowly but surely and did it in 36 mins I think. I probably could have gone faster but since I'm not a runner I don't really care. ;-)

Good luck and enjoy the experience!

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2/27/14 8:13 A

I ran my first 5k about a month ago and it was okay. I used the C25K app to start my running and now I am running 4 miles a day 3-4 days a week. It is really amazing to watch how far you come over the weeks of doing the C25K app. Enjoy

MOTIVATED@LAST Posts: 15,451
2/27/14 6:54 A

When it comes to transitioning to running, a Couch to 5K plan is definitely the best way to go.

MLAN613 Posts: 18,842
2/26/14 7:56 P

Congratulations on signing up! And welcome to the wonderful world of racing. My biggest suggestion: DON'T let the pack set your pace. In other words, don't start off too fast or you won't be able to finish strong.

I have run everything from 5k to half-marathons. I have had mostly good experiences and a few bad ones. The better races have great fans, plenty of water and medical support along the way. And food at the finish line.

The not so races have had way too many people, delayed starts, and lacking food sufficient food at the finish.

GEENAH1979 SparkPoints: (3,736)
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2/26/14 6:50 P

I just signed up for my very first 5K! I'm really excited, my friends and I are going to walk it and hopefully I can do more :) Starting something new, for a better me! :) My goal is to eventually jog one.

Has anyone else done one? If so, how was your experience? I would love to hear it, the good and the not so good :)


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