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My First 5K

In exactly 16 days, I’m running my first 5K race. (And probably my last.) (What?) I have one goal for this race:  To run the whole thing. I’m excited about the challenge.  It’s not on my Bucket List.  It’s on my Things To Do Before I Turn 40 list. And friend?  That day is approaching rather quickly. So, anyone else out there doing any sort of training for a race? Do share.

16 thoughts on “My First 5K”

  1. My husband and I started running back in Jan. He is so way better and faster than me…I absolutely do not enjoy it…ok…maybe a tiny bit. But only when I am finished. It is soooo hard for me! I’m short…so my stride is well…short. I can almost run the whole 3 miles now. Everyone keeps telling me I will love it some day…I’m still waiting.

    I have to say it has strengthened my prayer life because GIRL I have to pray the whole entire time to make it thru! LOL!! Anyway…I really super want to do a 5k soon. I can’t wait to hear how yours goes. I know you’re going to do great!!!

  2. No races coming up for me, but as a former Cross Country runner here are two things I did every race:

    1. Walk the course beforehand. This not only gets you familiar with where you need to go (you don’t want to be thinking about that while running), but it will also make the race feel faster as you realize: Wait, I’m already here? Nice! [smile]

    2. Pace yourself. The starter goes off and you’re feeling great! Just remember: This is a long run. To make it the whole way you need to go at the right pace. I started last almost every race I did, but it was nice to pass people the whole way [smile].

    Do well!

    ~Luke

  3. Do you have a “buddy” who is running it with you? It will make it more fun and easier. Wish I lived near you. I would run it with you. I acutally LOVE running and would love to encourage you on if I was there. I’ll be thinking of you though. YOU CAN DO IT! Love ya.

  4. I am also running my first 5k soon…this weekend. I started from ground zero, not being about to run AT ALL without becoming winded or doubling over in pain. But I can consistently run 3-4 miles now without stopping. It’s amazing. Not only am I getting some great exercise, but I am finding it to be a sweet time of prayer and solitude. Will be praying for you these next couple of weeks and during the race. You will finish. 🙂

  5. I’m running my first 5K in July with most of out church team. I just had a baby 11 weeks ago & haven’t officially started working out yet (although one could say taking care of 3 kids is a work out all in itself!).I’m excited & my goal is also to run the whole thing. Come on, we can do it! 🙂

  6. Congratulations! I’m training for a 1/2 marathon in about two weeks. I started out running a couple of 5K’s and worked my way up. I know you’ll do great! 🙂

    BTW- Pancakes are great to eat before a morning race.

  7. Ok – two responses in two days…yikes. I HAVE to comment today though because running is my passion! I have my best thinking/prayer/conversations with God sessions during training runs. My advice is to wake up race morning and wipe the slate clean….meaning, try not to carry with you that day the burden of any expectations you’ve had during your training. When you walk to the start line be proud that you’re there, thankful for your health, and confident in your training (even if it hasn’t been as great as you had hoped). Then let race-day unfold and be what it’s gonna be. I have to warn you…you say this will probably be your last, but it’s a slippery slope…..there’s something about races that keeps you coming back for more! Best of luck!!

  8. I felt so accomplished after I ran my first 5K! My goal was to run the entire thing and I did … granted people were walking faster than I was running, but still! Haven’t run in forever and will need to get back to it after baby gets here. I’m with Steph … running is GREAT for my prayer life! 🙂 Good luck – make sure you let us know how it goes.

  9. I love to RUN… yep, that’s right I LOVE IT. I’ve always said you either love it or you don’t. You do it for the health benefit because you should, or because you want to.
    I have a couple races coming up… The fallen four 1/2 Marathon and the Emperor’s challenge (which is a 1/2 Marathon up and down Roman Mountain).
    I ran 10km this morning in 53 min… Just for fun ~ See, CRAZY runner on the loose.

  10. I too am an addicted runner and love to race. The energy out there is so fun. I have signed up for a triathalon May 1. Now Iam working on swimming and biking. Swimming in a lake too-yuck. Good thing abt the 5k is you won’t drown:)

  11. Ran my first race last weekend–a 10K. My goal, like yours…to run the whole thing. Well, if you’re anything like me, I have a sneaking suspicion that although you may THINK this will be your first AND last….think again, sista 🙂 You’re gonna LOVE it…I’m just sayin….

  12. I ran my first 1/2 marathon last year and had a blast. I have to tell you, I down loaded my bible from cd’s to my IPOD and used that for training and through the race so it was the Lord and I all the way. I continue to run once a week since I won’t be doing any races until the fall but I must say, I enjoy it. I do listen to my bible every day. It really produced a love for the WORD in me. I am now addicted to listening to it. I stay very active with boot camp classes, swimming, spinning, step and strength training to keep up my endurance and strength. Make sure you get plenty of rest during the week leading up to the race and eat foods high in protein that week but load up on carbs the day before the race. Enjoy it! Way to Go!

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