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8 Lessons from My First 5K Race

The Most Fun You'll Have Running

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MUSICNUT
Thanks for the great article! :) Report
Good tips thanks. Report
5K is a great race to work toward. Report
thank you Report
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Excellent Article! Thanks for sharing! Report
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I like doing 5Ks, but I walk them. I enjoy myself. Right now I'm doing a 7 race summer series where we do a 5K every other Satruday at 6am. Report
My daughter and I did 1 5K every month for a year-well that was the goal but she sprained her ankle and missed one. During that run I was starting to lag and a man from the crowd yelled "shoulders up and back" and I managed to do that which had me passing people to finish strong. Report
I haven't run a 5K in 10 years. So want. This article was liek my experince with running and 5K races. My only goals are the fo,lowing: 1) Start 2) Finish and 3) Don't come in last. Otherwise enjoy the run! Report
Additional tips-

Walk on the right, run on the left.

Keep your head on a swivel when you are changing 'lanes' so you don't accidently trip up someone going faster than you.

If you're walking/running with 'friends' in a pack, don't take up the entire race space.

If you have a stroller, be mindful of people around you.

If you have a dog (which most races don't allow them anymore because of insurance), be mindful of people that may have canine phobias - not everyone wants Fido running around them.

Your music is your music - keep it in your ears. Do not use speakers to 'blast' your music through the race.

Do not comment negatively on other people's clothing. If you wouldn't say it to your grandma, don't say it to another racer.

At the finish line - move on. Get your medal and keep walking. Get your water/banana/protein bar and move on out of the way. Sometimes people are waiting at the side of the finish line to get pictures of their loved ones and friends and you are now blocking their picture.

Don't talk so loud while racing that you can be heard throughout the entire race route - like with your music - nobody wants to hear all that.

I'm sure there's more but that's what I got for now... :) Report

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