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SUSIEGENO SparkPoints: (68,496)
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12/1/13 2:29 P

Congratulations! Great job!

QUILTCRAFTER60 SparkPoints: (3,602)
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11/27/13 12:53 P

Thank you ALL so much for your replies! I followed all your advice (did feel like puking for a bit but I didn't lol!). It was the coldest morning so far this season and I considered changing into warmer socks at the last minute but took the advice and didn't :)

Anyway, I finished in 34:13 and actually finished in about the middle of the pack for female runners so not being the last one was great! ha ha

And you were right....I am already looking for another one to run and have set my goal for a 10K next spring!

MGB8D2 Posts: 9
11/22/13 8:58 P

Way to go! I made the pacing mistake on my first race; I learned pretty quickly on that one! Just enjoy the race, because at the end you'll start looking forward to the next one (and this comes from someone who swore she'd never do a triathlon or half-marathon, but ended up doing both -- more than once!).

NANLEYKW SparkPoints: (76,244)
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11/20/13 9:28 P

I agree with everyone else to be very aware of your pacing. Because of the excitement of the race and the runners around you, you'll be tempted to get off to a fast start, but don't! Hold back and run your own race. You'll be glad you did when you get close to the finish and can start passing all those people who jumped out in front too early. :)

I also agree that you shouldn't wear anything that you haven't run in before. Halfway through a race is no time to discover that that new sports bra chafes you in a really awkward spot.

And most importantly--have fun!

JCWIAKALA Posts: 347
11/20/13 4:26 P

Normally I run to music or podcasts, but I prefer to race without headphones because the atmosphere is usually a lot of fun. So enjoy being a part of the race. Use your time running to reflect on how far you've come. No shame in a tear or two...let the emotion come out!

Be careful with your pacing. If you use a watch or GPS phone, keep your eye on your pace. It's easy to start out too fast and then you'll be struggling to run the whole thing.

No need to worry about carbs, hyrdrating while running, or fuel for a short race.

JEWELS571 Posts: 2,885
11/20/13 3:22 P

Oh geeze for the puking. I've never felt that way and I am very competitive.

I run a little before the race starts because that first mile is just about getting your muscles warmed up. When you are waiting on the race to begin look around for people you think will run a similar pace and when it starts just find your comfortable pace, you will have a lot of runners that fly out of the gait, don't try to keep up. So many races I have passed these people in the 2 and 3rd miles. If you use the nike app or a garmin try to keep your pace steady try to pick people off, passing people is so much fun!. You are going to have pre race jitters and a super adrenaline rush, try to stay relaxed and just enjoy the race, this will be your first PR and hopefully they do like they do here and all 1st timers get a medal! Have fun and you'll do great!!

MLEHTO Posts: 734
11/20/13 3:13 P

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ZORBS13 SparkPoints: (199,401)
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11/20/13 3:07 P

For a 5K, if you don't feel like puking by the end, you haven't run it hard enough.

MLAN613 Posts: 19,020
11/20/13 2:20 P

Don't let the pack set your pace. You are running this for you, not to keep up with everyone else.

Also, take the water stop. And it's okay to walk through it. Really. emoticon

Most importantly, HAVE FUN!!!! Races have such an energizing atmosphere.

OBIESMOM2 SparkPoints: (251,495)
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11/20/13 1:37 P

don't wear shoes/socks that you've not worn before (I wore different socks with my race shoes once; they kept creeping down my heels. Fortunately I had another pair of the old style with me)

move around pre-race. My favorite pre-race routine is 10 leg swings side to side & 10 leg swings front to back (on each leg), and some walking lunges.

if you have any 'leakage' issues - be prepared. Nothing more embarrassing than 'kicking it' toward the finish line and having your bladder want to let go!

you have a couple of days, so experiment a bit with what's comfortable to wear in your current weather at the time of day for the race. Right now for me, it's running pants and a long sleeved t-shirt.

if you listen to music when you run, set up a good play list.

be save & have FUN!
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QUILTCRAFTER60 SparkPoints: (3,602)
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11/20/13 12:11 P

emoticon I have walked many races but just started running late last summer. I know I won't be at a competitive pace but just running the entire way will be a big accomplishment! Any words of wisdom for this newbie???

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