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8 Lessons from My First 5K Race
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I'm so excited to run my first race in September! These are some really good tips.
I used to be a runner. I ran everywhere. I entered long distance races and tried to improve my times. Now that I am older, I can no longer run. I walk in the house and around our 5 acre farm. When I cannot walk due to knee pain, I march in place in the house. Great article. i would love to be able to enter a 5K even to walk it. Thanks Coach Nicole.
I've walked two 5K Susan Komen Race for the Cure. If I could walk that much, I might try another one. But back problems prevent it. As far as running, I don't jog and I don't do windows.
I am doing the Selfie 5K on 11-14-2015 in Burnsville, Mn. This will be my first 5K and I am 52 years old. Runsignup.com
I am doing my first K in September. walking but doing. Thanks for the info and encouragement.
For a different 5K or even 10K experience, try a Volkswalk. They're non-competitive & you still get to walk with a fun group of people.
This is so true! I "ran" my first 5k this year and jogged (and jiggled and sweated....) then walked to lower my heart rate. It was fantastic and I can't wait to do another.
I've never been a runner (not even a regular 3 miles here and there), but I ran my first 5k two days ago and I turn 50 next month. I ran the entire distance and finished in 42 minutes, 10 seconds. I also somehow managed to keep a relatively even pace of just under 13 minutes a mile. I may not be a fast runner, but it was fun and I'll be doing it again. I just might wait for the heat to subside. Also, my daughter did the race too - we knew to not try to stick with each other and she finished about 10 minutes faster. Now she's trying to get me to train for a half marathon!
Thanks for sharing ur experience! I am running my first 5K in 4 weeks, and have been feeling stressed out about it. Your article helped me become excited for it again!
Well noted! After reading this i'm heading for a 5K Run. :) Thanks
This is very encouraging. I'm planning on doing a 5K this winter and it's been probably 15 years since my last one. I ran/walked my first one and totally ran my second one. This time I will probably walk the whole thing. This article was a great reminder that even finishing last is FINISHING. That's a thing to celebrate. Looking forward to the race.
Races are different everywhere I think. All the local races here have walkers and runners and people who do both :). Even the half-marathon here has a category for walkers.
Hi! Great post, but I just want to say, in a lot of 5k races nobody walks! By the way, I just won my first 5k 2 weeks ago! I'm in middle school! It was a fun run with adults and the high school cross-country team. If anyone is thinking about doing a 5k I would encourage you to give it a try, they are a great experience.
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