Advice - One Week Before 1st 5k?

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Just a quick blog today:

Cassie (CASSIEKC27) and I are set to run our first 5k next Sunday - October 23rd.
Running is relatively new to each of us. We've only been training for about 6 weeks, I think. I'm wondering if anyone has any advice for us leading into the race this week, during the race or post race? Tips, pointers, suggestions?

Thanks so much!!!!!!
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  • ELLIE-1220
    THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU to all of you for responding with advice! I am so thankful! I'm super excited to do this... and my intention is that this race is just going to mark a starting point for me... a point from which I can mark my future progress.
    2714 days ago
    Yay I'm so excited but nervous. I am so happy to be doing this with you! emoticon Years down the road we will be remembering our first 5K that's fabulous!

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    2714 days ago

    Number one - have FUN! Just go out there and enjoy yourself. Don't worry about your time or anything else. All of that will come in due time. This is about you, and you being proud of what you are doing.

    Regular walk breaks are awesome. I use Jeff Galloway's run-walk-run method anyway. You aren't less of a runner for taking walk breaks. So if you are planning on taking walk breaks, start them early. It helps your body recover quicker and you'll still have stamina left at the end of the race.

    This week - short runs a couple of times. Take a FULL DAY off before your 5k. No exercise! I usually just have my "tune up" runs the week before a race. I run for about half an hour on the Tuesday and Thursday (if my race is on Saturday). I also make sure I've run 3 miles on the Friday, Saturday, or Sunday before (so, if you haven't put in 3 miles this weekend, go do it today!). Take it slow. Don't push yourself too hard. The goal is to finish your 5k, and if you hurt yourself now, that won't happen!

    Drink plenty of water the day before your race. Also sip water slowly before your race starts. (Not enough to make you have to pee while out on the race course, but enough to give you some hydration).

    You're running a 5k, not a marathon. You don't have to load up on carbs the night before. But do eat some good fuel the day before your race (make your body feel good) and make sure you eat at least something light before your race!


    You're going to be hooked, I'm tellin' ya!
    2715 days ago
    Woohoo! I'm sooo excited for you guys!!!

    You'll do great, I'm sure. Just think of this one as a trial run to get your feet wet. Don't worry about your time. Just get out there and have fun!

    One suggestion. If you don't already run a straight 5K, don't try on Sunday. Take regular walk breaks. The earlier breaks help you keep steam all the way through and they'll help you save up enough for a strong finish. So don't start off fast.

    But for real... just have FUN!!!

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    2715 days ago

    Comment edited on: 10/16/2011 2:51:14 PM
    I walked plenty, but never ran one. Just have fun and enjoy it! It's your first of many I'm sure, so you'll have tons of others to "plan" for : )
    2715 days ago
    Congrats on signing up for your first race! I recently did my first two and was nervous. Definitely take 1 or 2 days off before, eat pasta the night before, and in the morning I eat peanut butter toast and a banana. Drink plenty of water the day before, avoid too much salt and that morning don't drink too much. You will do great! Your adrenaline will kick in for sure!
    2715 days ago
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