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KATIE: I think Live2Run was responding to your post - "There was that one runner that asked me my time...."

We are each working at our own level and learning how to do that effectively. Long runs are not easy even if they are slower and Jeff does say they need to be slow. Perceived effort and one's ability to talk in long, long sentences is a good indication of a good long slow pace.

Keep up the good work and be happy at whatever pace you are running!!!

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Did I miss the question? I didn't see it. I assume you were asking times. I can run in the 9:30/mi but not for long. I usually run between 10-11/mi but I am really trying to slow down to work on distance.(Slow can be difficult when you have long legs and 5'10'.) Distance is much easier when you aren't gasping for breath. emoticon I don't mind telling people really especially when I can tell people are genuinely interested in me and me getting better and not just evaluating me to see if the could lap me on a track. It was just I always think of that one time and wonder if I will get the pity face again....

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1/30/14 8:46 P

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I agree. If I had the presence of mind at the moment I should have asked....I run cause I love it. What are you running away from so fast. Oh well.

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You don't have to answer that question if it makes you uncomfortable. I often just laugh and say -- fast enough to get me across the finish line! Or -- faster than I used to be!

Edited by: LIVE2RUN4LIFE at: 1/30/2014 (10:03)
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to me.... a 12 min mile is still FAST!

LOL!!!

I don't know where the underlying belief started that to be a runner one must run FAST all the time. Hopefully, that belief is fading.

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1/30/14 9:32 A

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I have to agree, The running community is VERY supportive. There was that one runner that asked me my time (I hate that question BTW) and I had just started running again and was doing 12 min miles and responded "Oh that's good at least you are trying to be a runner". Amazing how you remember the negative comments....

I can do this.

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1/29/14 3:32 P

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It is natural to feel a little anxiety before a race. My experience is that the running community is very friendly and supportive. Sometimes I like to chat with the runners around me, just to get my mind off myself. Or I make up stories to attach to interesting people I see, sort of a variation on the advice they give you to calm down before public speaking by imagining your audience as naked. Or I close my eyes and visualize myself crossing the finish line with a smile on my face.
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My first 5K, I was so anxious that I went out way to fast. I caught myself, and found a good pace within a half mile. Since then, I try to stay calm at the start of the race. I do strides, then stretches. Once warmed up, I have too much thinking time. If I do not have a family member to see me off, I talk to someone about what brought them to the race.

Good luck in your races this year. Train strong!

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I still remember my first 5k, and I felt the same way you did. I placed myself at the back of the pack, and confessed to a fellow runner that it was my first race. After that, I calmed down.

I passed a number of runners, and as I finished, I realized there were lots of runners far behind me. That pretty much cured me of self-consciousness, since my concern was about being noticeably slow.

If you fear being noticed, look around you. You'll see runners in every size and shape. They are there for the joy of it, and so are you. So just revel in it and pat yourself on the back.

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1/29/14 10:04 A

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Races almost always get my adrenaline going - thus my HR is higher at the start of races. When I look around at the many runners - it amazes me how they come in all different ages, shapes, and sizes - and become a part of this great running community.

I think you are right - most people are focused on their own run. I've seen runners go out of their way to look "noticeable." Wearing funny or odd outfits. These people have no trouble with letting people see them run. So hopefully - in your next race - everyone will be watching the fun outfitted runners rather than you.

Have a fantastic SWEETHEART RACE and keep us informed on your training for your 15K and HM.

Edited by: SEABREEZE65 at: 1/29/2014 (10:04)
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1/29/14 9:48 A

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I am quite the chicken when it comes to running in front of people. I have run 5Ks but it still just freaks me out. I know no one is concerned about me seriously. They are worried about their own PR etc. So I decided this year I was gonna get over that. I signed up for the FIRST of my races this year. Sweetheart Run 2.15.14. Anyone got any tips or suggestions I might try to keep me calm and focused? I have 3 5Ks on my schedule this year in addition to one 15K and a Half in November.

Cheers everyone!

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