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7/28/12 9:30 A

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I, too, am about to start Week 7 and will have some time between the end of Week 9 and the 5k I've registered for (in my case, four weeks). Since right now, I'm running at about 13mm (I know--so slow!), I won't finish 5k in 30 minutes, so I'm increasing the length of time I'm running by 2-3 minutes each week. If my pace increases in that time, great, but if not, that's okay, too. (I don't have a pace goal--just to be able to run the whole thing and not finish last.)

If you haven't been running outside so far, I'd definitely recommend that, and if it's possible, it couldn't hurt to try running the actual course a few days before the race, especially if the route will be notably different from where you'd run outside otherwise.

Good luck--you'll do great! :)

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7/25/12 12:01 P

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Anne, I am a beginner runner so don't have any advice but would like to wish you all the best.

I can do thisl!!

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7/25/12 11:34 A

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My advice to you is to start outside. My experience is that dreadmill running is much different than outside running. Outside running is a little bit harder. I suggest, you start running for 30 mins outside and continue to increase your time/distance until race day.

What I like to do is get the route for the actually race a week or two beforehand and at least walk and run it once if possible. That way I am familiar with the course if there are any hills, where the turnaround point is, etc. Most race coordinators will be happy to give you the route.

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7/25/12 11:04 A

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As I approach week 7 I realize that I will have about 3 weeks after I finish the C25K and race day. I am actually glad this is happening as I had buffered my time to allow for repeat of days or weeks and so far I have only had to repeat one day.

Sooooo I am developing a plan and would love some input.

My first step of the plan is to move outside...yes I have been training on a treadmill due to convenience, feedback and extreme heat.

My goal is to run the full 5k no slower than a 12 min mile.

So, do I map a 5k and continue to run that and work on getting my speed up?
OR do I continue to run 30 minutes and try to increase the distance I am covering.

Do I start to add hill training?
Farleks (sp)?

What about post race? What are some things folks have done after the 5k? I have another in November. I would like to do a 10k in spring...and a 1/2 marathon in I start training for those?

Any thoughts, advice or experiences would be truly welcome here.


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