My First 5K - Well Maybe
Monday, April 12, 2010
OK, I am doing the C25K training program but I am still in week 3. However, I noticed a flier for a 5K race where I live so I thought why not sign up. I have been wanting to run a 5K so why not go for it. Why not go for it - because I am no where near ready to run a 5K!!! Oh well, the form is in the mail and I will be receiving it in a day or so and returning it when I do. I will officially be signed up for my first 5K run. The next day I will be walking 3 miles (another 5K) to benefit the March of Dimes. What was I thinking?!?
So for all you seasoned, veteran runners out there what do I need to do in the next 2 weeks to prepare for the run on the 24th? What do I need to eat? What should I do the week of the run, the day before, the morning of the run? Should I go all out at the beginning and then walk when I completely run out of steam or should I start out slow and maybe, by some miracle, be able to run the whole thing, or at least maybe be able to run farther than if I start out fast. Right now my running pace isn't much faster than my walking pace but I would like to get a better time than when I walked a 5K about a month ago.
Also, when you run does the feeling of sucking air ever go away, and if so when? Is there anything I can do to help improve my lung function so I don't feel like I am sucking air all the time?
Any help, ideas, thoughts, suggestions that you have that might help a "newbie" would be greatly appreciated.
I know 2 things that a lot of you will probably tell me and that is keep practicing and have fun so I will keep doing the first and try to do the second on race day.