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8 Lessons from My First 5K Race

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Good for you. Report
I've two of the Susan Komen Race for the Cure 5K. I walked the course and had a wonderful time. Can't do that right now, but would love to be able to do a 5K walk again. In my younger days DH and I did 10K Volksmarchs. Report
Good job!
I walk 5Ks and always go into them with a personal goal - at least a 15 minute mile - I often do better than that, but surface, weather, etc affect the results, so I keep it conservative and feel great about the accomplishment - supporting a worthy cause and getting exercise from it too. Always a great experience. Report
Great motivation - thanks. I am planning (and training, sort of) to run my second-ever 5k on December 31. My first attempt was several years ago in late July and I was that person who did come in last. It was so much harder than I thought. You article has helped me realize it is time to do it again and with a much better preparation and attitude. Report
I never run races with headphones because I love to hear the encouragement and cheers from the volunteers and people in front of their homes, and acknowledge them. Report
JENNS4321
I'm at 275 I just walked my 1/2 marathon in 4 hours last weekend now I want to train for my first 5 k thinking about the hot chocolate one in march I have one bad knee not sure if I should train at this weight don't want to hurt my knee any idea u think it's ok to start training at this weight or just continue walking Report
I love this! I just started a C25K program and I can't wait for my first real run! Report
1PRINTSHOP
Good for you! I ran my first 5K last year. I began with Sparkpeoples' Virtual 5k and found a 5K in my area that ended with the Virtual time. I was 54 years old, never been a runner since high school. So when I crossed the finish line in 35:51, I was thrilled! My second 5K was a much different course but I finished that one too. I look forward to more training and more races this summer! It is an experience that is fun, exciting and very hard work all rolled into one. Report
ESTHERDILL
Great article and congratulations on your first 5K. As you pointed out, runners come in all sizes, shapes, and ages. A 5K race is the perfect distance to challenge yourself and most races provide a fun atmosphere so unless you are trying to come in the top ten or so, you should just enjoy every step you take.

I was a casual runner, occasionally entering a 5 or 10K here and there until I turned 50 and wanted something more of myself and decided I would do my "bucket list" race and train for a marathon and haven't stopped. Well, 12 years later I am running THE Boston Marathon. I have asthma, arthritis in my right knee and hypothyroidism so just completing a marathon, let alone qualify for Boston was a big challenge for me. So an average runner certainly at any age (baring any serious health issues) stands a chance if they want to commit to such endeavors. Good luck on your continued running. Report
SNYDERSOFVLORA
one suggestion for first timers and beginning runners is to get on the internet and look for some videos on good running form. These can save you a lot of pain and reduce the risk of injury! Report
SNYDERSOFVLORA
wow I could have written this article- my first 5k time was 27 minutes something and I ran my first mile in 7 minutes. It was uphill from there! But it was fun. I am 54 and decided last year that I would try a 5 or 10 k. Then since I have coached a lot of sports and know that fundamentals are important, i decided to go to the internet to check out the fundamentals of running. I realized I had been running in a way that was hurting my knees, ankles, hips, back etc. I was a heel striker and that is not good, Changed my form a bit and now I actually enjoy running!
Good suggestions in the article- mostly just relax and enjoy! It is great if you have a good running partner too! My daughter-in-law was great! she loves to run and was willing to slow down for me! Report
SATILLA1
I just signed up to run my first 5K EVER! I'm 48 and sit at a desk. I have about 3 months to train but I'm scared. I'm a walker not a runner but it's exciting to have something to work for. Thank you for the article. Report
Wow, this was really motivating! Report
HOTHANDSHARRIS
I know this is irrelevant to the post but there is a park near me that when I was at school I could run it in 5.04 its 3/4 of a mile. I am itching to go and try and run it without stopping to see how long it takes me now I'm 40 and with a good 3 stone to lose. Report

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