Registered For First Ever 5K - Advice?
Sunday, September 18, 2011
I've been seeing people writing lately about all of the races they are doing this Fall - seems to be a popular time for special themed races. I saw where the local college is having a fundraising "Fall Frolic" on October 15th - it looks to be a pretty advanced one because they mention "chips" and they also have 10K and a relay.
I'm not a runner. I want to run one day. The most I can do right now is jog for short periods of time (without getting winded - woohoo!), but my knees seem to give me fits if I do it too much - even after my loss so far (maybe I have damaged them with all the years of excess weight?)
I filled out the signup on-line and it said next to the 5K that it is walk/run. I am trying to tell myself that even just by walking and signing up to go through this process it would be a start toward my dreams. I've never even attended a 5K race - except through all of the amazing blogs that you Sparkies write.
So I have only a rough idea of what to expect (and what to do) - I'm really nervous already, and wondering if it was a mistake signing up. It is a little less than a month away - and I need to start psyching myself up for it so I don't chicken out and just don't show up on race day. My husband is supportive, and said he will be there with the kids to cheer me on.
I'm considering trying to build up my running endurance so that I can jog at least part of it - but maybe that is being too ambitious.
I would appreciate any and all advice regarding a first 5K - long winded answers would be most appreciated - and advice on shoes - I have a pair that is totally shot that I used for years because I loved them, another "cheap pair" I've been using to get by that are junk, and I want to buy a pair that is fit to suit me, but is it too close to an event to do that, should I stick with something that won't rub my feet?
I'm a little psyched out that people will be staring at the pathetic non-runner, but my husband (the sweetheart that he is) said "but you are doing this for you" - as always, he's right :)